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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
 
Comments

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

scouts... really. 


this society is just wrecked.


can football take a backseat to anything here? kids... boys... being raped in the showers at a university and we have an in depth article about... scouts.


shame. 



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Is this a serious article? Freeman is just clueless. It sucks that you can't find a real sports website anymore. Espn sucks and sportsline can't get a decent writer. Trying to link a tragedy to how Paterno talked to scouts? Get a life man



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

I might be wrong, but I think tonto's horse was named scout...Undecided



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Maybe he didn't want the scouts there because they might run into Sandusky. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Jesus teets, get a life.

I have my own troll! A new level of greatness. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

This is ethical procedures and obligations. The legal part of it just adds another layer of confusion and disarray over the basic question: "What would you do?" And when good men do nothing well, evil flourishes. And Joe Paterno is rightfully being fired for that...

lthappy: Amen.



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

If a scout let an 80 year old man chase him off the campus, then he clearly shouldnt be working for the NFL. Seriously? Get a job.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

The feds should search Joe's computer for kiddy porn. Joe and his coaching staff had a ball searching for new "tight ends"



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Don't bring school procedures into this guys, don't bring up the legal obligations. Until Joe Paterno is charged with a crime, I don't want any mention of that kind of stuff. This is ethical procedures and obligations. The legal part of it just adds another layer of confusion and disarray over the basic question: "What would you do?" And when good men do nothing well, evil flourishes. And Joe Paterno is rightfully being fired for that...



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

There are plenty of reasons why players are busts, and while PSU has had some notebable ones, blaming JoePA restricting scouts access to the players is Bullshit.   I am sure these same scouts had unfettered access to Tebow, Couch, Leaf, Russell, etc... whats their reason for them being busts?


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