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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: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Golfballs, thank you for being one of the sensible ones around here and actually knowing and understanding the law. It is so obvious JoePa is the scapegoat now when the guy currently coaching has been there for 33 years and replaced Sandusky. People whine and moan about needing to clean house, but then they only get rid of the head coach and no one else who has been around during the whole period of this scandal.

Would not be surprised if there are members of the board of trustees who knew about all this as well. Talk about getting away with a crime...



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

That is hearsay.  I guy who witnessed it, should have gone to the police.  After an investigation, the police said they did not have enough evidence.  Nothing from this whole circumstance is good, but JoePa is the scapegoat. 



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

What NCAA rule was broken?





Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Mike Freeman, you are an absolute piece of $h&t



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

 I think you will find out that JoePa is a good guy and he followed University procedure.  He is not the police and did what he was supposed to do
Sorry dude. Screw University procedure, when little kids are being molested you contac the police. That is what any human being is supposed to do.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Way to help your players get to the NFL you controlling pederast enabling monster.





Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Scouts expect to have preferential treatment compare to others?  We really don't know the whole story and everyone IS piling on.  I think you will find out that JoePa is a good guy and he followed University procedure.  He is not the police and did what he was supposed to do.  PSU is playing CYA.




Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Actually, today is the best day to write this article. It's not piling on. OK, ask yourself this: If you had read this piece two weeks or a year ago, what would your reaction have been? I would have shrugged and said yeah, JoePa is god at Penn St. and moved on to the next story without giving it another thought. Now, it gives me pause and makes me wonder, what other sins is "St. Joe" guilty of? The higher up the pedestal we put our heroes, the longer the fall.



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Settle down . . . . it's not THAT bad of an article.  A lot better than yahoo.




Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

You are an embarassment to journalist Freeman. Of all things regarding this story, this is what you choose to write about?????? Shame on u Freeman!!!!!


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