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"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Two: The McQueary Episode

CHAPTER TWO: THE MCQUEARY EPISODE

Of course, unknown at the time of Paterno’s firing (among a multitude of other vitally important facts) is that just five weeks after almost being hired as the head football coach at Virginia, Jerry Sandusky was witnessed by Mike McQueary acting, at the very least, “inappropriately” with a boy, later to be known as Victim 2, in a Penn State shower.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Three: The Lull Before the Storm

CHAPTER THREE: THE LULL BEORE THE STORM

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Four: The Media Firestorm

CHAPTER FOUR: THE MEDIA FIRESTORM

In retrospect, it is really quite amazing how close Penn State and specifically Joe Paterno came to escaping this situation largely unscathed. For the first two days of the story, that is essentially what happened.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Five: The Firing

CHAPTER FIVE: THE FIRING

On Wednesday November 9th, 2011 Joe Paterno awoke as the head football coach at Penn State as he had for each of the previous 16,747 days. ESPN was now in a full-court press to force his ouster before that Saturday’s game with Nebraska (to be carried, not coincidentally, by ESPN) and the New York Times was reporting (no doubt via their “source” John Surma)  that the Penn State Board of Trustees was planning his departure.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Six: The Sandusky Trial

CHAPTER SIX: THE SANDUSKY TRIAL

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Seven: The Freeh Report

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE FREEH REPORT

One of the more amazing elements of this entire saga is that Louis Freeh is somehow still perceived as a highly respected and credible investigator. Quite literally, it would be difficult to find a more suspect investigative history from someone who had once been the director of the modern FBI. Had the media wanted to do so, creating the narrative that Freeh is a fraud would have been far easier than the one they concocted that Joe Paterno was obviously a pedophile protector.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Eight: The NCAA

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE NCAA

When the Freeh Report hit, the Paterno forces and their supporters were much like a battered and demoralized army who had already endured what they thought was the worst battle they could ever possibly face, only to be then hit with a nuclear bomb they didn’t even know existed. As unprepared as they were for the initial onslaught, they were even less ready for the second wave of devastating attacks.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Nine: Playing From Far Behind

CHAPTER NINE: PLAYING FROM FAR BEHIND

After the statue was taken away and NCAA sanctions were implemented, I personally went from being simply outraged at what I saw happening, to feeling an immensely strong need to be part of at least trying to correct the injustice. It may sound insane (it did even to my wife) but I was absolutely positive that I was the person in the country most qualified to find out the truth and tell the story of what really happened here.

I felt this way because of several important factors.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Ten: Conclusions

CHAPTER TEN: CONCLUSIONS

One year after the release of the Freeh Report, this is what seems to be reality of the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal and its impact on the State College community:

ESPN's Penn State Legend Todd Blackledge Gives "Framing Paterno" His Most Extensive Interview on the Topic

Todd Blackledge, the quarterback of Joe Paterno's first official national championship team and a prominent commentator on ESPN, has done his most extensive interview to date on the issues surrounding the Jerry Sandusky scandal with John Ziegler.

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