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The sacred narrative of Joe Paterno

It isn't easy now, and it'll be harder later to separate the truth from the legend

Originally Published: January 24, 2012
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Students of the classics like Joe Paterno know mythology is cautionary. Greek or Roman, folk tale or epic poem, those old stories can be a warning.

As I write this, the story of the late Mr. Paterno and how he fits into modern American mythology is being argued over everywhere. His past won't really be decided until far into the future. In fact, those arguments will likely never end.

This week, though, in the hyperbole of obituary, you'll read the word "legendary" again ...

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