It must be said that age did not take down Paterno on the football field. He has coached his 46th Penn State team to an 8-1 record. Since he turned 78, which was when the university asked him to resign and he refused, Paterno has gone 66-20 (.767 winning percentage) and coached in two BCS bowls. He has won 409 games, more than any coach in the history of major college football. Say what you will about the number of games he coached from the press box in recent years, a concession to his physical frailty. But in this bottom-line business, Paterno delivered until the day he stopped coaching. In truth, age failed him off the field. Paterno failed to grasp the import of what graduate assistant Mike McQueary said to him in March 2002. Paterno, like many in his generation, failed to grasp that society no longer handled such indecencies behind closed doors. Society once referred to the crimes of which Sandusky is accused as unspeakable. Nothing goes unspoken any longer. http://espn.go.com/college-football...-paterno-legacy-sullied-wake-sandusky-scandal ***************** Not that this excuses Paterno, but I think it gives a more likely explanation to his actions/inactions. He has always been a man of high standards and convictions. He was never someone to back down from a fight. But consider that he was born in 1926. He was a man in his 40s by the time we saw societal changes like birth control pills and civil rights. He came of age during the Ozzie & Harriet / Father Knows Best era. Some things weren't discussed in public. These things, if they needed to be handled, were handled privately. I tend to agree that football never passed him bye, but that Paterno didn't adapt and grow with some fundamental good changes to American society. And this is what bit him in the ass. "Cover up" is too strong for what happened. Paterno wasn't part of a conspiracy. This was a case of handling something by the old school rules that were wrong back then and are so far in our past that we tend to forget that was the accepted way of doing things.