Joe Paterno

Not Every Scandal Needs a Movie

The Only Good Lance Armstrong Film Would Star Lance Himself

The prospect of seeing Al Pacino play Joe Paterno, or anyone play Lance Armstrong, is reason enough to give up the film critic business.

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The grand jury report was hard to read. This was worse. I’ve now read almost all of the report prepared by former FBI Louis Freeh and the team that investigated Penn State’s handling of allegations regarding convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky. And while the grand jury report that led to Sandusky’s arrest and prosecution contained horrifying descriptions of the recruitment, grooming, and sexual abuse—including rape—of vulnerable young boys, the Freeh report described something even more troubling.

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[Guest post by Simon van Zuylen-Wood] The late Joe Paterno was one of Newt Gingrich's favorite management gurus. Yesterday, video spelunker Alex Kaczynski uncovered a 1998 Charlie Rose interview in which Gingrich relates some advice Paterno gave him about assistant coaches (h/t The Atlantic Wire).

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The sports journalist Michael Weinreb, who grew up in State College, Pennsylvania and went to school at Penn State, where his father was a chemistry professor, last week cited an article on the front page of his old college newspaper. In it were recorded the laments of Andrew Hanselman, a senior marketing major at the school. "Being accepted to Penn State felt like a family,” Hanselman said, “and Joe Paterno was the father." It is a sentimental quote, but also a revealing one. It’s important, in fact, to stare hard at the feeling articulated by young Mr.

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State College erupted last night after news broke that legendary football coach Joe Paterno had been canned for failing to take stronger action when confronted with allegations that one of his assistant coaches had been molesting young boys. Furious students poured into the streets, destroying lamp posts, clashing with police, and destroying vehicles (including one overturned news van).

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