- A day ahead of Penn State University's internal investigation announcement, former football coach Joe Paterno's family released a previously unpublished op-ed credited to Paterno before his death on January 22.
- The family's statement indicates that Paterno wanted to have the op-ed published as a guest column, urging readers to judge his legacy by the successes and not the circumstances surrounding the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
- “Whatever failings that may have happened at Penn State, whatever conclusions about my or others' conduct you may wish to draw from a fair view of the allegations," Paterno wrote, "it is inarguable that these actions had nothing to do with this last team or any of the hundreds of prior graduates of the 'Grand Experiment.'"
From the article:
McGinn and Company, spokespeople for the Paterno family, have issued a statement responding to the op-ed written by Joe Paterno prior to his death that was published today by Fight On State.
"We can confirm that this statement was written by Joe Paterno late last year," they said according to the statement. "It was his intent to have it published as a guest editorial. With the rush of events that never happened. Over the last few months it has been shared with a number of former players. We are assuming one of them released it." ...