By David Haugh - Shed no tears for Joe Paterno. Save your pity for the innocent boys who will grow up into tortured men, not JoePa.
Penn State removed Paterno from that job because, finally, somebody in Creepy Valley did the right thing. Somebody followed a conscience instead of a university handbook. That it came 13 years too late will haunt State College, Pa., forever. It will indelibly stain Paterno's Hall of Fame tenure, as if that matters.
It never will be enough for the alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse.
There are no winners here, all goats and no heroes, but Paterno's ouster was a development worth applauding more than protesting. This was a decision that should have provoked more acceptance than defiance.
So what were the Penn State students possibly thinking as they rioted all over campus and tipped over cars and a satellite truck? When will they realize, after the buzz wears off and sobering reality sinks in, that they were defending the right to cover up pedophilia? As much as they love JoePa, that's the harsh reality.
Yes, the good Paterno did at Penn State outweighed the bad over six decades. To some it's complicated. To others it's simple. Right now, I still see a guy who was one of Pennsylvania's most powerful people who looked away and failed to protect children. Right now, the details of the 23-page grand jury report used to indict Sandusky last Saturday remain too fresh to think Paterno earned the right to leave on his own terms.