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11/08/2011

JoePa's exit from Penn State makes Woody Hayes' exit look peaceful

6a00d8341c630a53ef0162fc339302970d-800wiThe NY Times is reporting that Penn State coach Joe Paterno is out. Click here for the story.  Amid one of the most digusting scandals and coverups in the history of college sports, which says a lot, Paterno is coaching his last season in State College.

Paterno, 84, and has coached at Penn State for 46 seasons. His scheduled news conference for this afternoon has been canceled.

There are so many stories and opinions floating around The Google machine about the behavior from former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and his alleged abuse of young boys and the obvious passing-of-the-buck that ensued that to pick just one is nearly impossible. Just Google search Jerry Sandusky.

It is very hard to see that Saturday will not be the final home coach in Joe Paterno's career.
The Nittany Lions are 8-1, 5-0 in the Big 10 and will play No. 19 Nebraska in the final home game of the season. This will have to be the most bizarre end to a career since ... ever?

The closest exit in disgrace I can think of that touches this is former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes. Bobby Knight crossed my mind but he continued after he was run out by Indiana.

444On Dec. 29, 1978 Hayes was a 65-year-old man coaching the Buckeyes in the Gator Bowl against Clemson. The Buckeyes were driving for the winning score with less than two minutes remaining when Clemson's Charlie Bauman picked off Art Schlichter's pass to effectively end the game.

Bauman was knocked out of bounds, and a furious Hayes ran over and punched Bauman before he was restrained. The Buckeyes lost, 17-15. The next day morning, Hayes was fired. He never apologized. He never coached again.

Who are we kidding? What Joe Pa did - or precisely did not do - was worse.

 

 

 

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