He coached phenomenal defenses, and phenomenal linebackers in particular, winning two National Championships along the way.However, by 1998 it was clear something was amiss with Sandusky, who was at the time in line to replace Paterno.
Unsurprisingly, Joe Paterno, one of the greatest coaches of his generation, failed to do this.
He did the minimum of what he had to do while at the same time ensuring that he had the best chance to emerge unscathed, to ensure that he had the best chance to win.
A big, scary, dangerous monster with a bizarre, cutesy name befitting a housepet. See also Special Person, Normal Name, Tom the Dark Lord, Super-Fun Happy Thing of Doom, People's Republic of Tyranny, and Cute as a Bouncing Betty, a weapon-specific subtrope of this.
Custom dictates for the creature to be introduced by their owner calling for them, the enemies laughing at the creature's ridiculous name, only to be interrupted by earth-shaking footsteps as the pet enters the scene.
Joe Paterno found out about the rape of a 10 year-old boy, and although he legally fulfilled his obligation to inform a superior, he did not make sure something was done about it.
I would be willing to bet that if Joe Paterno had called the police, Sandusky would have been charged much earlier than he was.
"Yeah right, like some random guy from Chicago can become famous just by talking about movies, making funny faces at the camera, and spouting absurd catchphrases.
And not only that, but become a huge trendsetter too.
Jerry Sandusky continued to molest young boys because people like Joe Paterno knew about it and did not ensure the atrocities stopped.