At SEC's Media Day, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was asked by a group of reporters about the tragedy at Penn State. And according to the Columbia Tribune, Pinkel defended Joe Paterno...

"Joe Paterno’s a friend that I got to know professionally, and you can’t take away the greatness of this man. He was a great man. However you analyze this, you can’t erase all that this guy’s done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that. I think when you come out of such a tragic situation, certainly involving children and the magnitude of this in our country from a media standpoint, I anticipated really what happened. I anticipated that they would do this. You’re not going to sit back there and say, ‘Well, just things happen.’ You’re not going to do that. They’re going to be firing, and people, they’re going to make statements and they’re going to point fingers, and that’s what I anticipated a little bit. But he was a great man, a good man. I’m sure he would, maybe if he” could “do it over again he would have followed up a few things. But don’t take away all this guy did, and to sit there and blame him for all this, I think is wrong."
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Mid Iowa Tiger142 months
Jo Pa was a win at all cost coach whose cost ended up being allowing young boys to be raped. That should be his legacy and what can't be taken away. A great man, a good man would have stopped little boys from being raped in his athletic facilities and made sure those who were doing it were punished. A good man or a great man would have not worried about his brand more than the safety of children.
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Pankins142 months
Further proof Mizzou doesn't belong. Southerners are anti pederasty.
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Tommy Patel142 months
i'd take the 5th on any questions and comments surrounding the penn State situation. Its not over and its a sad mess
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TigahRag142 months
There's no way I would comment on Joe Paterno if I were an active head coach. What's the benefit of catching the guy's back now besides being in Jay Paterno's good graces ?
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