It was the perfect storm. The Penn State universe revolved around four people-- Spanier, Curley, Schultz, and especially Paterno, and they conspired to keep quiet. I hope we've learned the value of checks and balances, and how to keep so few from becoming so powerful.
Throughout this whole sorry and criminal episode, Joe Paterno still has his defenders. You cannot overlook the good he's done for PSU, but all his noble deeds now carry an asterisk. * He turned his back while kids were being raped on his watch.
And please, I don't want to hear about the money he gave to the library. Paterno was a millionaire, and no one ever gave a donation they couldn't afford. Paterno didn't make much money from the university in and of itself, but he was the king of endorsements.
Best of the internet: FOX Sports Radio's Tomm Looney, a PSU graduate, said repeated mentions of Paterno's good deeds is an insult to the victims.
Yahoo! Sports Radio's Steve Czaban Tweeted the statue of Paterno at Beaver Stadium should be moved so it "looks in the other direction."