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This has been a Hot Topic on the site for quite a while.
“This book,” writes Joe Posnanski in the introduction to his already controversial biography, Paterno, “is not a defense of Paterno.” Yes, it is, and relentlessly.
Last year, Posnanski—a former Sports Illustrated writer who now contributes to a soon-to-be-launched website called Sports on Earth—was given a substantial contract by publisher Simon & Schuster to move to the Penn State campus and write a full-length biography of Paterno. At the time, Paterno was the beloved man who’d won more games than any other college football coach in history. The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and Paterno’s sudden death, of course, forced the author to change the tone and focus of the book, and the result, Paterno—the title is as generic as Penn State’s uniforms—seems to have been rushed out before interest in Paterno died out altogether. (His statue outside the University’s football stadium has already been removed.)
Hat tip to numerous people in the other thread.
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