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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Where are the JoePa fans now?

To the Editor:

I am a Buckeye who arrived in the Lehigh Valley about 35 years ago and feel that JoePa is getting worse treatment than Adolph Hitler.

Most articles dealing with the Penn State situation frequently starts out with Joe Paterno and blank, blank and it appears that he was the bad guy. Seldom are the others mentioned at the outset.

School protocol required Paterno to advise his superior, the athletic director, of any problem areas, which he did. Many felt he should have contacted the police which he did when he contacted the "higher ups." Who are responsible for the police?

JoePa gave over 60 years of his life for Penn State and it was unconscionable to receive a telephone call at 10 p.m. firing him; had it not been for him, State College would still be a cow pasture.

I watched his memorial service after his death and listened to many of his former football players exclaim about the good things he had done for them and must ask "where are they now?"

I may have missed it but I do not recall anyone coming forward to praise JoePa - what a shame.

Frank Ballo

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