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Christopher L. Gasper

Joe Paterno chose his legacy over integrity

If you’re a fan of major college football, like yours truly, you recognize the silent bargain made to embrace the sport, a tacit tolerance of a level of presumed unethical behavior and academic dereliction to indulge in the rivalries and revelry of fall Saturdays.

But what transpired at Penn State goes well beyond the pale of that willful suspension of rectitude, far beyond crooked coaches, ineligible players, and backroom recruiting deals.

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