What a tragedy. In some ways it's probably merciful that Joe Paterno didn't have to witness the further unfolding of the scandal associated with his beloved Penn State Football. I think his failure with the Sandusky problem probably had to do with him staying too long and also that he was from a generation that did not deal with such things in an open and most effective manner. I think his legacy should be judged on the scope of his full career and enormous positive impact on the Penn State community over the decades. He was apparently part of a group-failure to stop a terrible criminal activity, but also made huge and enduring contributions to the overall growth and success of Penn State as a football team and a university.
BTW, I read on here that Joe may have done a little skiing in his day at some PA ski areas.