There's not much that I can say about the crimes themselves that hasn't already been said about the Jerry Sandusky case. The alleged crimes are horrible and horrific, the kind you wouldn't wish on your worst enemies. And I say "crimes" because the Penn State administrators acted criminally in simply hoping the problem would go away. Pedophiles are sick in a very true sense of the word, and it's up to the non-sick around them to stop them, because they aren't going to, and can't, stop themselves. To simply say, "Don't bring kids here, Jerry" just doesn't cut it. I doubt anyone disagrees on this. But I agree with Drew Magary that the venom directed at Joe Paterno is misguided, at least beyond an extent. Sure, he lacked the courage to do the right thin, and he was more interested in covering his ass than helping the kids. And that makes him no different from the rest of us - you just found out that your colleague of many, many years, someone you could consider taking over when you retire, someone you consider your friend is a monster, the first instinct is denial. Because accepting the fact means what you've believed to be true and your ability to judge people are shit. But we've been conditioned to believe that Joe Paterno, and old college football coaches in general, are great teachers, shapers of young men, and therefore credit them with shit they don't actually do and hold them to unreasonably high expectations. When the truth is, Paterno is just a good guy who did a lot for the game, his players and his university, but his ethics were always grounded in convenience. He should step down, but he only deserves about 60% of the vitriol he's getting right now. Not that it matters - his legacy is irreparably harmed. So much for the NCAA win record. And then there's the dynamics of the big college program in a small town (with its friendly police and media non-presence) that enables the culture of sheltering. Nobody means to allow sexual abuse to go on, obviously. But you can kinda see why a janitor and a graduate assistant may not want to necessarily march over to the police or the newspaper as soon as they witnessed Sandusky as soon as they saw what they saw - they have their own asses to cover. And nobody wants to be the guy who brings down Penn Sate football. So they think, "Ok, I'll tell Coach Paterno and he'll know what to do." It's what happens when an institution is so much bigger than the university and the town, and one guy is larger than life. To me, this isn't a Penn State problem or a Joe Paterno problem. It's a college football problem, a sports hero problem and a small town institution problem. In addition to Magary's piece on Deadspin, Michael Weinreb has a great personal piece on Grantland and Joe Posnanski, who happens to be embedded in State College writing Paterno's biography has a good piece in SI.com.