In his letter, Bernie McCue (“Paterno was overrated,” Thursday) claims Jerry Sandusky was responsible for Penn State’s outstanding defenses and coach Joe Paterno was a figurehead.
McCue backs his claim with quotes from Joe Posnanski’s 2012 biography on the effect of Sandusky’s retirement after the 1999 season.
Penn State had four poor seasons after 1999, but Sandusky’s departure was just one of many factors.
Paterno was a great defensive coach. Ask Dan Radakovich, who became the first linebacker coach in 1960. Radakovich is the true “Father of Linebacker U” and is responsible for that nickname being created in the mid-1970s.
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Radakovich taught Sandusky how to coach linebackers when Radakovich left for Cincinnati in 1970.
The defensive teams of 1968-1969 were the greatest in school history, and the defensive coordinator was Jim O’Hora, whose defenses continued into the early 1970s when New Year’s Day bowl games were the norm around Happy Valley.
Sandusky succeeded O’Hora after the 1976 season and did an outstanding job, crowned by the 14-10 upset over Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship.
It is sad and unfortunate that the child abuse scandal has caused great harm to the university and the community, to specific individuals, students and alumni — and especially to the victims and their families.
This entire matter is far from over.
Aside from the scandal, history is history. Facts are not legends or myths.
Biased opinions about Penn State football history from uninformed or ignorant people with agendas belong in the trash.
Lou Prato, Port Matilda