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Paterno: How Brooklyn kid became top coach
Paterno turned those halting beginnings into a career and an industry that produced hundreds of wins, thousands of good citizens and millions of dollars for causes he believed in. He built a program on his personality and an idea _ that you could achieve big-time success in big-time sports while still getting a good education and without selling your soul.
The homespun idea concocted in the Norman Rockwell town of State College by a man affectionately known as “Joe Pa” unraveled this week when a sex-abuse scandal involving his former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, exploded, costing key administrators their jobs and forcing Paterno’s exit to come far from on his own terms.
His legacy _ once seemingly untouchable _ is now in peril. But his record, the raw numbers at least, cannot be touched.
“I had no intention to coach when I got out of Brown,” Paterno said in a 2007 interview before being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. “Come to this hick town? From Brooklyn?”
When Engle and Paterno arrived, Penn State had gone through three coaches in three years and had an offense made up mostly of walk-ons. Engle never had a losing season at Penn State, but when Paterno took over in 1966, the Lions still were considered “Eastern football” _ inferior to the Alabamas and Oklahomas and Southern Californias that dominated the game in those days.
“He teaches us about really just growing up and being a man,” former linebacker Paul Posluszny, now with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, once said. “Besides the football, he’s preparing us to be good men in life.”
Paterno was a frequent speaker on ethics in sports, the self-appointed conscience for a world often infiltrated by scandal and shady characters. He made sure his players went to class.
As of 2011, Penn State has had 49 academic All-Americans _ 47 under Paterno _ the third-highest total among FBS institutions.
The team’s graduation rates are consistently ranked among the best in the Big Ten. In 2010, Penn State’s 84 percent rate trailed only Northwestern’s 95.
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