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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  November 10, 2011 05:14 PM

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...That's what Joe Paterno's dismissal as Penn State coach after 46 seasons was. Paterno fashioned a legacy as a scrupulous molder of men, but he was also an enabler of a man who allegedly sexually abused young boys.

It is impossible not to read the grand jury report on former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and not come to the conclusion that Paterno either tacitly participated in a cover-up or was grossly negligent in not doing more to stop Sandusky from having access to children.

At their core, coaches are supposed to be teachers. And the lesson Paterno taught a university and a community was that his image and that of Penn State football was more important than the well-being of Sandusky's alleged victims.

Paterno has positively touched the lives of thousands of people at Penn State, but that doesn't override the responsibility he had to do more to protect Sandusky's alleged victims and not his own legacy.

The protesters who took to the streets of Penn State's campus should have been outraged at what took place under his watch, not his dismissal. There are a few areas of life where blind loyalty overrides logic -- politics, family, romance and sports. Like Paterno, logic no longer works at Penn State.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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