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Things Paterno hates more than child abuse

  • Skipping class.
  • Getting a suit from an agent.
  • Prank calling an ex-coach.
  • Shooting an arrow into an apartment wall.
  • Smoking weed.
  • Drinking underage.

These are all things he directly put ahead of potential wins, ahead of the football team, when he actively punished players harsher than required by NCAA regulations (many of which he probably could have swept under the rug). I'm sure there are others, but these are what came off the top of my head in the 10 seconds I bothered to think about it.

Can someone please explain to me why they think that someone could be so draconian over such "trivial" events, and yet so callous about something as serious as child molestation? Because it might hurt recruiting down the road? Hell, Paterno barely recruited anymore anyway, so he couldn't have been THAT overly concerned with recruiting. It is this whole cognitive dissonance that has me struggling to come to terms with the events of the past 8 months.

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