Reflection on Paterno

College athletics suffered a profound loss Sunday with the death of Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach. Given the events of recent months and the ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations, many people are having a difficult time reconciling Paterno's death.

Paterno was a mentor to UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni. UConn released the following statement Sunday from Pasqualoni (Penn State Class of 1972) on Paterno:

"Early in my collegiate playing career at Penn State, it became clear to me that from my athletic perspective it was going to be a challenge to get playing time with great players like Jack Hamm ahead of me. If I was to stay involved in the game of football, it was going to be as a teacher and a coach.

"Fortunately, there could not have been a better experience than learning how to teach and coach the game than being around Joe Paterno and the Penn State program. Not only did I get a great education in the classrooms at Penn State, but I also learned lessons as part of the football program there that I continue to use today as part of my coaching career."


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