Excerpts from “Paterno” — former Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski’s
biography of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno
— are in this month’s issue of GQ, andthree short passages from the book
are posted to GQ.com.
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
was released last year. Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. In July, a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh
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.