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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: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:47 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:28 am

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Paterno was a senile old POS who believed he was above the law and better than everyone else.  Great to see the legend knocked down a peg and I would imagine he will be knocked down a lot more when the rest of the Sandusky and PSU story comes out over time.  

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:32 am

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

doyell will always be as Lebron put it in the playoffs last year . A NOBODY and to boot a terrible writer , i can't say the worst because that title belongs to the biggest RACIST employed by CBS Freeman.....

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:23 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

After that disgraceful 'riot' to 'support Jo Pa,' I would NEVER hire anyone from Penn State under any circumstances. I wouldn't want to take the chance that I was hiring one of those scum filth.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:12 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Idiotic article.  Slow week for you Freeman?

Doyel has been busting his rump to destroy Paterno and Penn State football and this is the best that you can do?

Maybe Doyel can spot an opportunity to advance himself better than you or, possibly, he has persoal experience that motivates him.  In ay case, this story is pretty weak.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:55 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

1. Nobody can tell me that many NFL scouts aren't a bunch of jerks and probably deserved the treatment they got.  Too bad more schools don't treat them the same way. 

2. The reason McCreary hasn't been fired is because of the federal "whistle-blower" law.  Penn State could not only face federal charges if they fired McCreary, but also a multi-million dollar civil suit ... which they'd probably lose.

3. This thing isn't even close to being over and there are going to be more names coming out who absolutley didn't do their jobs ... like the Pennsylvania Attorney General for not filing charges and sweeping the whole thing under the rug, which is exactly what Penn State did.  Paterno did his job, will be semi-vilified and become a smaller and smaller part of this mess as time goes by.

4. Freeman???  No need to comment.  We all know why he's there.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:41 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

I think story simply serves as further proof how much control Paterno had not only on his football team but on things that affected his football team.  He was powerful enough to spurn scouts, play favorites, tell them when they could and could not come...  In the end, it's just a disgusting situation that with all this power and control, that he didn't take a more prominent role in ridding the community of Sandusky.  If he had this much influence and control, why didn't he take it upon himself to protect the community from a predator.  There's definitely more here that is yet to be uncovered.  Paterno almost gets the Reagan treatment here.  He's an old man who says stupid things because he's old, he can't possibly be lethal because he's shriveled and had to coach from a box, but the man has been in a position of considerable power for years.  You don't command that type of power without having a bit of fire somewhere.  At this point, I'd contest there might be some creedence to the notion that Paterno used his power to protect Sandusky for years, allowing this sick man to continue to abuse young boys.  He technically covered his own butt by "reporting" the crime, but a true man of character, a leader, would have done everything he could to get this criminal off the streets and behind bars, where he belongs.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:39 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Ahh, the last of the covered wagon day's is being put down. Anyone thinking he has anything to offer player's of this generation should wake the heck up. He should have been given the boot alot sooner than this, like 10-15 years ago. If the face of your University is a wrinkled up old man, than your way's of thinking are like he...archaic. How could he even see a first down with those glasses?

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:25 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

This Penn St. mess might only get worst.  Read the attached article about Mark Madden, who reported about Sandusky back in April - 

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:48 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

A radio guy did say maybe Sandusky has dirt on all those guys involed in the cover up, because thats what it was. Maybe we are only seeing the tip of the ice-berg and this will only get uglier. I hope not I already want to puke everytime you read any thing already out.

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