Monday, January 23, 2012

Saying goodbye to Joe Paterno

The Associated Press reports that public and private events are scheduled over the next three days in State College for the funeral of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.
In a schedule released by a family spokesman, the first public viewing will be held Tuesday, a 10-hour session starting at 1 p.m. at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State campus.
Another viewing will take place for four hours Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. A private funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. that day.
Finally, a memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Jordan Center, the basketball arena next to Beaver Stadium.
I still find it stunning how the final roughly 90 days of Mr. Paterno's life played out.

His team won a football game in late October...he was fired in early November...he announced through one of his sons he had lung cancer later that month...he saw his personal and professional legacy suffer because of the sexual assault scandal involving his friend and former assistant coach...he broke his pelvis in a fall in January and he was gone soon after that.

There's no question that inside State College the reverence for him remains high. The next three days will bear testament to that.

1 comment:

Kevin E. Carlson said...

It's tragic that one horrible lapse of judgment that led to inaction is what he's going to be remembered for by the rest of the world but maybe that in itself is a legacy. Not the one he'd intended for sure but a solemn reminder that good men can be brought low if they fail to act when they're most needed. A grim lesson in light of everything; however, I don't think it will soon be forgotten and maybe it won't be repeated.