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Radio Smart Talk: "Paterno" author Joe Posnanski

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 11, 2012 12:11 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday September 12:

Paterno jacket.jpgHow the public views former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has changed a great deal since his former assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested 10 months ago on charges of sexually assaulting and abusing a number of young boys.  Paterno's reputation and legacy were tarnished even more, and perhaps forever, when an independent report by former FBI director Louis Freeh said Paterno helped to cover up at least two of Sandusky's crimes.  For many, Paterno is still the legendary coach who won a major college record 409 games, but to others he is a villian who preached honesty and integrity, but failed to report a pedophile who preyed on children .

Adding to the debate was the release of award-winning sportswriter Joe Posnanski's biography, Paterno.  Since it went on sale two weeks ago, the book has fueled a sometimes heated national discussion of how Posnanski portrayed Paterno.  Was he too soft on the 85-year-old who died in January?  Or, was the book a balanced examination of a complicated man?

Posnanski will answer those questions himself on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk.

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