Leadership Thought #288 – The Passing of Coach Paterno

I can’t think of a more tragic way for the Joe Paterno story to end than it has these past few months. Not having any of the inside facts, it’s hard for me to fathom how he handled the Jerry Sandusky scandal. It goes against everything you would imagine him standing for, but then again he won’t be the first or last person in life to be betrayed by a friend. Sadly, in this case the betrayal and cover-up had devastating consequences for children. The actions by him and those around him in regards to this issue were inexcusable and the anger in response to it more than justified.

However, this stain on Coach Paterno’s record should not blot out all the other good things he did in his life which is considerable.