Regardless of the outcome of the criminal cases, reputations beyond Sandusky's are ruined.It is quite clear that Paterno did everything he should have in this situation. Paterno was railroaded and unjustly disciplined for doing exactly what he should have done. The world owes him an apology and should beg for his forgiveness.
While defending her husband's actions, Paterno's wife hinted at frustration in the failure of Penn State to act aggressively in dealing with Sandusky in 2002. She said her husband, "one of the most moral people I know," had expected those above him in the chain of command to deal with the matter properly.
She said prosecutors confirmed that her husband "did the right thing," and she insisted he had never heard any details about any other alleged incidents. "That's the only thing he knew about. How can you wish you did more when you didn't know anything?"
As for whether her husband should have done more, she said, "That's not how it works. If they have another question, they get back to you. They were supposed to handle it."
There's one other thing that always seems to get overlooked in this story. At the time all of this happened, Sandusky was no longer coaching. He was not part of the Penn State football program. The university had as much reason to fire Paterno as it had to fire any other coach in their athletic program. So why weren't the men's and women's basketball coaches fired? The track coaches? The [insert sports program here] coaches fired?
Joe Paterno is a good, honest, caring man. And, for reasons that will forever escape me, the world has a need to crush and destroy any good, honest, caring person it finds.