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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Penn State takes down Paterno statue

This morning, Penn State took down the Joe Paterno statue. Some people think it’s the wrong thing to do. I think it’s the right thing to do. His football program became too big and that led to a horrible cover up of what Jerry Sandusky did. Paterno also got too big and he forgot his mission is to educate and set a good example. I bet lots of college football coaches are like that, although I know of no others… Read More »

Give Penn State the death penalty

Here is the opening to my Monday column advocating the death penalty for Penn State football: This is about that two-faced, fallen idol Joe Paterno and his monstrosity of a football program and how he and others disgraced a good university. It’s also about the so-called death penalty for Nittany Lions football — well deserved. But first I want to talk about religion. When I want a religious experience, I go to an old, stately synagogue in downtown Oakland. Other… Read More »

What we know about Joe Paterno

I was watching ESPN this morning after the Freeh Report came out, blasting Penn State officials, including Joe Paterno. Matt Millen came on to discuss Paterno, whom he played for in college and clearly admired and maybe even loved. Millen said all the bad things people say about Paterno do not reflect the man he — Millen — knew. Millen said the university president dropped the ball by not going to the authorities. It seemed to me Millen was trying… Read More »

Boo on Penn State students

Boo on Penn State students. Thousands of them took to the streets to demonstrate against the firing of Joe Paterno, who deserved to get fired and should have been sacked years ago. Paterno gave an example of being a moral void. Yet these students demonstrated against the firing. How vacant they are in light of what happened on their campus with little boys. When I was a graduate students at Stanford the whole campus demonstrated against the Vietnam War. And… Read More »

Cancel Penn State schedule

They should cancel the remainder of the Penn State football schedule this season. It’s not enough that they fired Joe Paterno and the school president and some other guys are under indictment. This whole thing happened because Penn State football thought of itself as more important than the university, young children, decency, the law. There was a coverup to protect the football program at all costs. Now the football program should pay a price and the students at Penn State… Read More »

More Paterno

I read on ESPN.com that Joe Paterno says he will retire after this season because of the scandal under his watch at Penn State. Well, that’ all well and good except it’s not Paterno’s decision. The board of trustees of the school is meeting Friday and they will decide Paterno’s fate. Even at this late stage, Paterno is arrogant, dictating to the board when he thinks he should step down. At some level he must feel he runs the university.

Should Joe Paterno resign?

This is a difficult blog to write — about Joe Paterno. I don’t know Paterno or particularly care about him. It is alleged one of his coaches, Jerry Sandusky, sexually abused children while he worked for Paterno and even after he retired but had privileges on the Penn State campus. This is difficult to write because no one has been convicted of anything. And I want to be careful. But this much seems obvious. A graduate assistant told Paterno in… Read More »