SNYDER: Happy Valley? Not until the whole place is purged

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Pennsylvania’s attorney general said Paterno isn’t a target of the criminal case but she didn’t rule out Spanier, whose own scheduled public appearance Tuesday was canceled.

They can’t hide forever. The questions are going to multiply, not disappear. Whether they’ve broken laws is irrelevant; they violated the trust placed in them and their positions.

It’s sad that Paterno, who turns 85 in December, has to depart this way (it’s sad that he hung around this long, but that’s another story). He certainly can’t return next season, not with the stench from this atrocity hanging over the program.

He should do everyone a favor and leave immediately, taking the president with him. And if they won’t go voluntarily, the Board of Trustees should push them out.

Like right now … if it didn’t do so already.

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