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Video: Joe Posnanski discusses ‘Paterno’ on TODAY show

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Joe Posnanski‘s highly anticipated biography “Paterno” was released today. Posnanski, who began shadowing Joe Paterno months before the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke open last November, took some time to talk about the project on the TODAY show.

“The mission statement from the start was to write the most honest book I could about Joe Paterno,” Posnanski said, “but, obviously, the story changed very dramatically at the end.”

You can see what else Posnanski said about the book below.

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45 Responses to “Video: Joe Posnanski discusses ‘Paterno’ on TODAY show”
  1. mgmac says: Aug 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    “so, what are they saying about me?” – joe paterno, once time football coach and all the time
    egomaniac, self-serving, arrogant, self-centered, narcissist, pedophile enabling, pos

  2. mgmac says: Aug 21, 2012 4:50 PM

    I see the psu fans are out today. what’s your logo psu, “where football is more important than the safety of our children” or is it “so, what are they saying about me?” me, me, me, that’s all the pedophile enabler was concerned with – me, me me

  3. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    SMH at the PSU die-hars still supporting Joe.
    Joe Pa support progression:
    – 1. “No way he did that.“
    – 2. “Prove it.”
    – 3. “It’s a misunderstanding. He couldn’t have.”
    – 4. “Yeah, but other people were at fault too. So let’s not focus on Joe.”
    – 5. “This Freeh Report is clearly an FBI conspiracy against PSU.”

  4. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 5:05 PM

    State College, PA:
    Kids getting raped on campus = No one says a word;
    Football team hit with sanctions = all Hell breaks loose.

  5. mgmac says: Aug 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    great posts steeler1nation !

  6. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 5:13 PM

    thank you, “mgmac” ….
    these PSU/Joe-pologists are crazy

  7. psunick says: Aug 21, 2012 5:46 PM

    Oh man! Just think!

    Only 11 days until kickoff! I, along with 108,000 other screaming lunatics, will be crammed into Beaver Stadium, yelling for our beloved team until we’re hoarse.

    Sanctions? Old news.

    Rapes on campus? Past history.

    Corrupt administration? Who gives a damn.

    Psychologically impaired victims? Collateral damage.

    All that matters now: NITTANY LION FOOTBALL!!

    Cannot wait!

  8. sportsdrenched says: Aug 21, 2012 5:53 PM

    Having read JoePos for years with the KC Star, and now with SI I look forward to reading this. Just because if anyone can put a new angle on this…Joe Posnanski can.

    and Nick, right. You ARE Penn State.

  9. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 6:21 PM

    “Sanctions Old news. … Rapes on campus? Past history. …”
    wow, sorry, but the worst scandal/cover-up in sports history isn’t going away anytime soon. PSU will suck like a Sun Belt team for about 10 years, so at the least – people will be talking about the scandal for that long, because their suckyness will be correlary to the scandal/cover-up.
    “All that matters now: NITTANY LION FOOTBALL!”
    Well, that’s how your beloved school got into this mess in the first place…culture of corruption.
    btw – week 1. Ohio U. will beat PSU.

  10. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 6:27 PM

    “The new Penn State uniforms should say ‘VICTIM’ on the back, because the players are the real victims here, clearly.”

    – PSU fans

  11. psunick says: Aug 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    The players are the real victims? C’mon, steeler…

    you know who are the REAL victims here. WE FANS. And we pedophile-enabling alumni. (Of course we all looked the other way. They asked us to swear our loyalty to the program every time we mailed in our alumni dues. “For the good of Penn State Football!!”)

    And look what that got us.

    My god…what in the world would we do without our Nittany Lion Football on autumn Saturdays? It’s totally impossible to comprehend.

    C’mon Lions! Beat them Bobcats!!

  12. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    ****I think Joe himself pretty much summed everything up succinctly in 2 telling quotes.
    In his own words:
    “I wish I had done more.”
    “I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it’s gone.”
    The last one is especially disturbing, because it shows his legacy was selfishly more important than those poor kids.

  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 21, 2012 7:13 PM


  14. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    Danny — there you are, the biggest PSU/child rapist enabling supporter ever. You should be real proud of yourself.

  15. psunick says: Aug 21, 2012 8:18 PM

    Don’t let him play with the truth, danny.

    Everyone on these boards…hell, everyone in the entire country… knows that I am the biggest PSU child rapist supporter ever. Not you.

    He’s afraid to admit it, and that’s why he picks on you.

  16. mgmac says: Aug 21, 2012 8:34 PM

    psunick &danny – reading your posts would lead one to believe that you are nambla members and enjoy b-effing boys. you all are sickos

  17. psunick says: Aug 21, 2012 8:39 PM

    You may be right, mg

    All Penn Staters are sickos. But you cannot deny this fact:

    We have a SENSATIONAL football team!

  18. mmmpierogi says: Aug 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    CFT and PFT need to balance out in terms of moderation / censoring of posts. The most idiotic conversations go on forever on here, whereas on PFT you can’t even get a word in edgewise because it’d be censored out first.

  19. loadofwash says: Aug 21, 2012 9:51 PM

    8 Wins or more this year easy! Go State! To hell with the haters! It’s football time in the valley; ROAR!

  20. steeler1nation says: Aug 21, 2012 10:14 PM

    1.) If you think Penn State will win 8 games this year….you need to check into the nearest mental ward. They will be lucky to top 3, 4 wins.
    2.) What is there to “hate”, or be jealaous about, in regards to a mediocre football program most famous for the cover-up & enablement of child rapes?

  21. loadofwash says: Aug 21, 2012 10:20 PM

    The bad guy (who was not employed by the university or the team) went to jail. Keep calm and carry on!

  22. loadofwash says: Aug 21, 2012 10:22 PM

    Steelernation must have a tiny one!

  23. frank booth says: Aug 21, 2012 10:27 PM

    loadofwash says:
    Aug 21, 2012 10:20 PM
    The bad guy (who was not employed by the university or the team) went to jail. Keep calm and carry on!
    Is he the same guy that was allowed unencumbered access to university facilities and committed several of his acts on university property while others looked the other way?

  24. loadofwash says: Aug 21, 2012 10:29 PM


    You bet that guy; have you checked your local Megan’s list you dope?

  25. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 21, 2012 10:30 PM

    Mgmac I’m a HUGE penn state fan. Come on over if your lonely.

  26. loadofwash says: Aug 21, 2012 10:34 PM

    The haters are more than welcome to tune into NBC, yes ND is still on!

  27. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 21, 2012 10:35 PM

    Mgmac reading your posts one would be lead to believe that your racist,sexist and anti-Semitic. All your posts generalize and assume. Also may be led to believe that you may have tendencies because much like priests the most vocal critic tends to be the worst offended

  28. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 21, 2012 10:48 PM

    Offender*. Big difference.

  29. dmvtransplant says: Aug 21, 2012 10:55 PM

    @ steeler1nation

    Still talking trash about rape and not seeing the irony of being a clueless Steelers Homer?

  30. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 21, 2012 11:40 PM

    He doesn’t care about rape. He hates Penn State can’t stop kicking them. Clear as day. Same drivel over and over.

    If penn state paid the victims off like big Ben does they could avoided a lot of headache.

  31. steeler1nation says: Aug 22, 2012 12:03 AM

    loadofwash says:
    Aug 21, 2012 10:20 PM
    The bad guy (who was not employed by the university or the team) went to jail. Keep calm and carry on!

    This was not just a problem by a just one “bad guy”, or even a few bad guys, “who aren’t there anymore”…it’s a systemic, CULTURAL problem. And, it’s still there! Students holding a vigil for a statue of a child rapist enabler!?! Janitors AFRAID to report CHILD RAPE !?! That is cultural. This program NEEDS shut down…that’s perhaps the only way they’ll learn a lesson.
    PSU: When you have a janitor afraid to report a CHILD RAPE! for God’s sakes….you have a systemic cultural problem.
    When you have students holding a vigil to a child rapist enabling coach’s statue…you have a systemic cultural problem.
    When you have a player spouting off about how the sanctions aren’t fair, & not ONCE mentioning the victims, who are the real story….you have a systemic cultural problem. When you have students & faculty reaction to the Emmert presser on the PSU sanctions with mouths agaped, as if they expected no or minor infractions…you have a systemic cultural problem
    This was not a problem by 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 bad guys who aren’t there anymore…it’s STILL a systemic cultural problem!

  32. steeler1nation says: Aug 22, 2012 12:04 AM

    @loadofwash, dmv, danny — go ahead & attack the messenger all you want with childish namecalling. But, that just tells me I’ve won the argument. When you can’t combat what I’m saying with sound reasoning, but resort to immature namecalling — that speaks volumes, and says that you’re a loser with no argument.

  33. steeler1nation says: Aug 22, 2012 12:09 AM

    @loadofwash —
    I know you get confused by facts, but Sandusky WAS employed by the school when he was raping kids…on CAMPUS! And, the employees of the school, (Joe, Jay, Tom Bradley, whoever else knew about it), LET IT HAPPEN! Those employees are cowardly and aided & abetted a child rapist. Moreover, after he was “dismissed” as a coach, Sandusky was still given access to the facilitites, and BROUGHT SECOND MILE KIDS IN THE LOCKER ROOM STILL! Unreal. He was recruiting a LB in South Carolina as recent as 2011, and he was in the press box for Joe’s 409th win in November of 2011…(2 days before the story broke). You don’t just walk into a private university-owned press box without the proper authority/clearance.
    Way to separate yourselves from the monster, PSU. Basically saying it’s A-Ok with them rape kids. Disgusting on every level.

  34. psunick says: Aug 22, 2012 2:37 AM

    “Innocent until proven guilty.”

    Of course, that tenet applies to everything BUT the Penn State Football program.

    Just ask the lynch mob on this site. They know all about justice.

    as loadofwash says:


  35. drarb says: Aug 22, 2012 7:29 AM

    steeler1nation –
    I know that there is a biblical adage about casting pearls before swine – but it says nothing about casting facts
    1. Sandusky was investigated by the POLICE in 1998 – when he was a coach and the DA did not prosecute
    2. Paterno did not want him to bring Second Mile kids on campus – it isn the Freeh report
    3. The BoT and Spanier gave Sandusky the access to campus – not Paterno
    The Football staff went to Curely and did not want Sandusky in the box seats and someone above Curley said let him in
    4. If you want to bring other coaches in – then Steerlernation _ Big Ben coaches enabled him to walk away or was it his money?
    5. The PA AG said that Paterno followed the law – hard for steelernation to understand I guess, as did the head of the7. PA state police
    6. Follow the money – know is hard to do when facts don’t fit your notion – look at the money that went to Tom COrbett now governor of PA, look at the money that went to the chair fo the Second Mile BoT from the PSU building fund controlled by the PSU BoT – the governor, the PSU Bot and who knows who else is using Paterno to cover their own problems – Paterno being the scapegoat makes an easy target for people like you who don’t want to think
    7. Why did Corbett ehn state AG assign only one investigator to the case when he was running for governor? Politics much?
    8. Why no anger at McQueary – he saw, heard though he saw or heard – his story changes like a child changes toys –
    You din’t win anything – your “logic” is not logic it is all emotion and headlines – try and do some real investigation – I know its hard but I think you can do it.

  36. dutchman1350 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:35 AM

    Steelernation, how do you feel about your QB having been accused of raping a woman in a bathroom?

  37. yourteamstinks says: Aug 22, 2012 8:51 AM

    Again. Here we are, people who hated PSU before the scandal now have a soap box from which to preach. I said it before, I’ll say it again. This is the Chik-Fil-A effect. The more you hammer in this and the more you beat your drum. The more it works against your point. Im now rooting for PSU to succeed just to see you idiots shut up. BTW an 8 win season with a coaching staff that is better than they had last year is highly plausible. Don’t forget they still have some blue chip players in that team.

  38. dmvtransplant says: Aug 22, 2012 8:57 AM

    @ steeler1nation

    Nice line except you didn’t win, especially if you had to resort to naming calling at the end yourself.

    By the way you defeated your own point about the messager since all I did was point out the obvious flaw in your characeter.

    I never called you a name I simple, responded to comments with the truth which you certainly can’t handle. Your team is just as guilty of glorifing a monster as Penn State is, deal with it.

  39. galvezben says: Aug 22, 2012 3:31 PM

    Im not sure Ben’s was a “legitimate rape”.

  40. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 22, 2012 5:22 PM

    @steelbrainnation. If you could read and comprehend you would see Not once did I call you a name? See above comments. Your the one that spouts off lumping everyone in one pile.

    Just another dumb “argument” from you.

  41. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 22, 2012 5:24 PM

    Lol you won the argument. You copy and paste the same three points over and over

    What do you think about roethlisberger paying off his victims? Don’t think you have acknowledged that part yet

  42. steeler1nation says: Aug 22, 2012 6:33 PM

    @dannythedork –
    you’re DAMN RIGHT! I won the argument.
    Is this story about Paterno & PSU or the Steelers and Roethlisberger? Answer me that!!!!
    Nice feeble and weak attempt to change the subject. PATHETIC!

  43. loadofwash says: Aug 22, 2012 9:31 PM

    Ha ha steeler1nation, you prove to be a half azz idiot. Good job.

  44. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 24, 2012 10:39 PM

    Joe Pa knew.

    Would PSU supporters please explain why in 2002, when a Pennsylvania State University football standout was accused of a dorm-room rape, the details were easy to come by.

    After all, the alleged assault became a national news story when coach Joe Paterno allowed the accused cornerback to suit up for a postseason game despite the pending criminal charges?

    The only place the curious couldn’t find notice of the case was Penn State’s federally mandated campus crime report.The incident is just one example of what former FBI Director Louis Freeh described in a report issued this month as the university’s consistent and at times systematic failure to follow the Clery Act, a federal law requiring universities to provide accurate reports of crime on their campuses.

    These shortcomings are likely to loom large in the U.S. Department of Education’s probe into Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case – an investigation that some campus security experts have described as the Education Department’s largest Clery investigation to date.

    In November, the department requested a host of documents from Penn State, including logs of all crime reported to any campus security authorities from 1998 to 2011.

    Should Penn State be found in violation, it could face fines of up to $27,500 per incident as well as a possible loss of federal aid including grants, loans, and work-study payments.

    It was never listed, though that was required by federal law even though the player was ultimately acquitted. In fact, the university reported no sexual assaults involving students on or off campus that year.

    This is why Penn State received the NCAA sanctions. Joe Pa knew, Spanier knew, Schultz knew, Curley knew, the University Police chief knew. It was a conspiracy by the highest officials in the University to protect Penn State and it’s reputation, particularly the VAUNTED football
    program and it’s SAINTED coach.

    Yet, PSU supporters will chant “We are Penn State!” all season long as if nothing happened…. Sort of like the Nazis screaming “Seig Heil!” at the Nuremberg Rallies.

    Penn State should win 8 games considering how soft the schedule is. The Big Ten is embarrassed to have Paterno Sandusky University as a member.

  45. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 28, 2012 3:35 PM

    I’ve been made stupider by virtue of having read the above comments.

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