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“. … I love Penn State. I went to school there, it was such an important part of my life. It’s part of me. I will never say, ‘Oh, I regret going there now because of it. That’s just now the case. … But this situation is just an unbelievable black eye for the program and it’s going to be tough because whenever anybody says Penn State or you see Penn State, sexual assault of young kids is what’s going to come mind, and that’s such an unfortunate thing.” _ Jacksonville Jaguars and former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny.
“I’ve certainly been in prayer for the young people that are involved in this, young men as they are now. I certainly feel for them. I don’t know a whole lot about all the details. I haven’t read through all the transcripts and things of that nature. … I’m also very close to coach Paterno. It’s tough to see his legacy ending in this way.” _ Indianapolis Colts coach and former Penn State assistant Jim Caldwell.
“I honestly don’t know much about what’s going on there. I can’t speculate on things I don’t know. It’s not a distraction for our football team. We haven’t talked about it. We won’t talk about it. I don’t believe in speaking on things I don’t know anything about. I’ll leave it at that.” _ Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, whose team plays Penn State on Saturday.
“This one moment in time, this one decision, is going to tarnish his reputation and put a big black eye on Penn State and what he stood for. I can’t imagine what it will be like to live with, knowing you knew this nine years go and you did the bare minimum. How many more lives were affected by that decision not to go to police? How could he betray all of us like that?” _ Penn State graduate Kathy Schmouder, 39, Selinsgrove, Pa.
“Just disheartening, sad and clearly hearts and my thoughts and prayers go out for the young people, the victims in this case, and certainly, equally, my prayers go out to coach, too. It’s tough.” _ University of Miami coach Al Golden, who played at Penn State and was on Paterno’s staff in 2000.
“Obviously, everybody who’s heard about this is disturbed by this. It’s gross, and it’s a crime where, if it’s true, it’s the worst of the worst. But, like I’ve said, I stand behind coach Paterno. He’s a guy who has kept players out of games for missing class, so for people to think that he did anything in terms of covering this up, I don’t necessarily think that’s his M.O.” _ Pittsburgh Steelers and former Penn State punter Jeremy Kapinos.
“I think it’s the right thing. (Morally) he didn’t do what he should have. He’s doing the right thing by stepping down to preserve the Penn State football program. It’s sad to see it happen under such a bad situation but at the same time everyone was sort of preparing themselves for it.” _ Penn State freshman Jake Schur.
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