Paterno led the team to victory, but why allow his disgrace to destroy the team

Joe Paterno guided his football teams to some pretty impressive performances. Football, we all know, is seasonal preoccupation  – except in upper New England where winter isn’t just a word surrounding Christmas, and where basketball is the main focus, primarily, I suspect, because it’s not necessary to plow two feet of snow off the area between the hoops.

Football, in much of the nation, means money, and JoePa’s boys certainly made certain a healthy serving of it landed beneath the home goal posts in State College, Pa. – enough so that his final contract was $5.5 million and, one hoped, worth every penny.

JoePa’s fall from grace threatens to take the team down with him. It shouldn’t.

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