Joe Paterno: Simple man, complex world

His death as the last chapter for sports innocence? That's a misguided, naive notion

Originally Published: January 24, 2012
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

Any discussion regarding Joe Paterno was far easier a few months ago. A few days after his death, it remains difficult to comprehend how one of the least complicated men in sports left the world with such a puzzling, confounding legacy.

From now until forever, it will be impossible to separate Paterno from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Paterno's own words -- I wish I'd done more -- are a sad, conflating addendum to a life that did much good.

Still, far too many tributes ...

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