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Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:44 pm
One NFC scout was asked how he felt about Joe Paterno leaving.

"I hate to see any of this stuff happening," the scout said, "but people in my line of work won't miss him."

The reason? Paterno was notorious for his abuse of scouts and personnel men who tried to interview players or the staff in preparation for the NFL draft and free agency.

None of this stuff compares to the grand ugliness that happened at the school regarding molestation charges but it does open a small window -- a tiny one -- into how tight control Paterno had at the school.

It wasn't unusual for scouts to set up an appointment to speak with a player or group of players, or even Paterno himself, only to find after traveling to campus Paterno would cancel all appointments.

Eventually, I'm told, scouts were only allowed to come on certain open dates. Sometimes they'd be allowed to watch practice, sometimes not. Paterno had his favorites and would let certain scouts he liked or thought were friends of the program have better access to the team than others.

"Penn State was one of the worst places to try and do your job," said the scout.

Dan Shonka, a former scout, tweeted recently: "I have received several e-mails from retired and present #NFL scouts that reminded me that #JoePaterno hindered us from doing our job at #PennSt How so? #CoachPaterno had a rule that scouts could only visit on open dates and watching prospects during practice was not allowed. Many #scouts blame #PennSt busts over the years on the lack of info #CoachPaterno let out..."

Category: NFL
Tags: Penn State

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:15 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

This article???


Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:15 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Everyone knows its Paterno's fault that the economy is in such bad shape and unemployment is so high.  Ditto for the problems in education.  I heard that he was responsible for the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez film, Gigi, too.  He should have quit years ago, then we could have avoided all this mess. 

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:14 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

So what you're saying is Paterno helped his players go higher in the draft some times than they deserved.  As their head coach and mentor, isn't that a good thing?  His responsibility was to his players, not the NFL and their scouts.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:06 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

This is just silly. Scouts could watch Penn State football games and know all they needed to know about a player's skills. And they sure weren't interested in their intellectual ability, were they?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:02 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

lol scouts blame Paterno for busts..whats next

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