Joe Posnanski , formerly of Sports Illustrated, was given full access to Joe Paterno during the 2011 season for a biography he was writing on the coach. Posnanski moved out to State College in the summer of 2011 and had unprecedented access to both the coach and the Penn State program.
Posnanski arrived in State College expecting to get in the mind of a college football legend, but found himself in the epicenter of arguably the biggest scandal in college football history.
Though the book has not hit shelves yet, GQ has posted excerpts from the book. Among them are the Paterno family’s initial reaction to the grand jury case against Sandusky and how Scott Paterno began to prepare his father for the notion that he may never coach again. But what was most intriguing to us is how Paterno took the news that he was no longer the head football coach at Penn State University.
At Paterno’s house the day after he is fired via late-night telephone call from the Penn State board of trustees:
On Thursday, Paterno met with his coaches at his house. He sobbed uncontrollably. This was his bad day. Later, one of his former captains, Brandon Short, stopped by the house. When Brandon asked, “How are you doing, Coach?” Paterno answered, “I’m okay,” but the last syllable was shaky, muffled by crying, and then he broke down and said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.” Nobody knew how to handle such emotion. Joe had always seemed invulnerable. On Thursday, though, he cried continually.
The Paterno biography is set to hit stores on Tuesday August 21.