Following the announcement that Penn State will honor former longtime coach Joe Paterno on Saturday against Temple, there was an almost endless amount of backlash toward the university by those critical of Paterno and the role he played in the Jerry Sandusky case.
Even the Penn State student newspaper took a shot at its own university with a scathing editorial.
Monday, another ESPN anchor joined the ranks of those against honoring the Joe Paterno era, as Elika Sadeghi, an ESPN college football anchor, said Penn State needs to distance themselves from the Paterno era.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) September 12, 2016
Sadeghi mentions several other cases in college football, such as the Art Briles-Baylor, Reggie Bush-USC and Jim Tressel-Ohio State issues, as situations where colleges have distanced themselves from what had happened, and she believes Penn State should do the same.
“As much as he had an elevated reputation for integrity, he brought that crashing down,” she said.
Penn State honors the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as the Nittany Lions’ head coach this weekend against Temple. In his time as head coach, Paterno became the winningest coach in college football history.