- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2009


The laudatory piece on Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno was essentially correct (“Still relevant,” Sports, Tuesday). I taught at PSU for many years, had many players in class and was a neighbor of the Paternos, so I admit to a certain point of view. But it was in sharp contrast to Tom Knott’s biased column on Paterno and the PSU football program that you published last year (“Paterno’s wins come at a cost,” Sports, Sept. 8, 2008). Mr. Knott’s piece was based almost exclusively on an article in “Sports Illustrated,” which evidently had determined that Mr. Paterno was on his way out and that it was safe to “pile on.” Mr. Knott gleefully joined in, and now both look foolish.



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