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The football coach at my alma mater just said some interesting things about Joe Paterno.

Paterno was a “great man, a good man,” said Missouri’s Gary Pinkel during the Southeastern Conference’s media days this week in Alabama. (Mizzou just joined the SEC.) “I’m sure maybe if he could do it over again he would (have) followed up a few things. But don’t take away all this guy did. And to sit here and blame him for all this I think is wrong.”

If that had been all Pinkel had to say on the subject he’d have sounded obtuse, but—well, when have we not cut Division I football coaches a little slack? But there was more. Pinkel didn’t simply forgive Paterno. He found fault elsewhere.