Campus Corner

‘Paterno’ excerpts in GQ reveal scenes at home before coach was fired

three short passages from the book

are posted to

In the excerpts, Posnanski, who was given access by the Paterno family into their home, describes the scene after the grand jury case against Jerry Sandusky

accused Penn State officials — including Paterno, who died in January — of covering up Sandusky’s abuses.

Posnanski writes about Paterno’s son Scott

calling him last fall after reading the case and saying, “you have to face the possibility that you will never coach another game.” Later, as a family-hired PR specialist tries “to negotiate a gracious ending” for the coach, a family adviser reveals Paterno had no friends left on the Penn State board of trustees. The day after Paterno was fired by the school, he “sobbed uncontrollably” and told his son Jay: “My name, I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it’s gone.”

“Paterno” will be in bookstores Tuesday.