UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08: A statue of Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno is seen outside of Beaver Stadium on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Joe Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Sure, you've heard all about Joe Paterno and the mess that the Penn St. Nittany Lions find themselves in these days. But if you're like me, you've been wondering...what do some of Syracuse's greatest football alumni think?
Let's find out.
"For this to happen, or unravel, at this time in Joe's career, it's unfortunate. But something should have been done long before now. ... I think the best thing for Penn State is for Joe and his team to step down and let somebody else start running the program."
In an attempt to preserve a storied reputation, Joe Paterno has called on all "Penn Staters to trust what that (institution) stands for." If these charges are true, that same veil of trust might have allowed a child sexual predator to go undetected.
The world of sports contains many good men. But there is also a culture of silence upon which the myth of men thrives. We often speak of sports in terms of courage and integrity. Those altruistic qualities must transcend the field and be brought to bear for the protection of our children.