Joe Paterno praised for his character

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“The greatness and the legacy of Joe Paterno lies within each of us, and no one, and I mean no one, can take that from him or from us,” Marrone said.

Paterno was fired by the trustees Nov. 9 after he was criticized for not going to police in 2002 when he was told that a former member of his coaching staff, Jerry Sandusky, had been seen sexually assaulting a boy in the showers at the football complex. Sandusky was arrested in November and is awaiting trial on charges he sexually assaulted 10 boys over a 15-year span.

As the scandal erupted, Pennsylvania’s state police commissioner said that Paterno may have met his legal duty but not his moral one to go to police. Penn State president Graham Spanier was also fired in the fallout.

At Thursday’s memorial, Knight defended Paterno, saying the coach “gave full disclosure to his superiors, information that went up the chains to the head of the campus police and the president of the school. The matter was in the hands of a world-class university, and by a president with an outstanding national reputation.”

Recounting Paterno’s accomplishments, Knight asked: “Who is the real trustee at Penn State University?”

A public viewing for Paterno was held on campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, and he was buried Wednesday afternoon at a State College cemetery.

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