There are two types of people who defend Joe Paterno. There is the kind of person who could be shown a video of Paterno cheering on Jerry Sandusky as the defensive coordinator abused a child and still support the head coach because of how many games he won at Penn State. Then there are the people who choose not to become informed about the case because they don’t want their image of the coach to be shattered. In either case, the reason for denial is the same: Joe Paterno can’t be bad because of how much he won, and how many young men he supposedly taught to win the “right way.”
Sadly, Gary Pinkel falls into the second group of people.
The Missouri coach embarrassed himself at SEC Media Day on Tuesday with the following defense of Joe Paterno: