Just when we’d almost forgotten about Joe Paterno, he comes back from the grave to haunt us again.
The latest is an outrageous proposal to rename Pennsylvania State’s football stadium after the long-time coach.
Paterno, you remember, was Penn State’s all-time most successful coach, who was forced to resign last year when it was revealed he had been warned about crimes of sexual abuse committed against children by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky – but did nothing about it. Paterno later died of lung cancer.
A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed 46 percent of Pennsylvanians in favor of renaming the stadium Paterno Stadium, while 40 percent were opposed.
What a monumentally stupid idea. Sure, Paterno may have led Penn State to a lot of wins on the field. But he failed on the one occasion when he was called on to provide some much more important moral leadership – and, sadly, that is a black mark on his record that can never be erased – and which hang like a black cloud over any stadium bearing his name – bringing disgrace to him, to Penn State, and to any Penn State team that played on that field.
Joe Paterno had his chance for glory. He blew it. Too late for glory now.
That’s my parting shot for today.