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RIP, Joe Paterno

Posted: January 31, 2012 10:58 a.m.
Updated: February 1, 2012 5:00 a.m.

I enjoyed reading Tom Didato's article on the late Penn State coach, Joe Paterno. When we met with him on a warm August morning in 2008 I was impressed by his genuine interest in Henry DuRant and myself and the compliments he had for Steve Spurrier. I also learned that PSU and South Carolina administrators had collaborated on the lettermen's lounges at both schools’ stadiums and had a very cordial relationship. He greeted Paul Hrabovsky with the type of warmth a father greets a son.

 Joe Paterno was an icon and sometimes we forget icons are humans as well. He ran a program that not only enjoyed success on the field, but beyond the field as well as people like Paul Hrabovsky and Bobby Engram have demonstrated. I am saddened that he is gone and will always have a fond remembrance of the 20 or so minutes he spent with us. Rest in peace, Joe Paterno.


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