Paterno has passed away. Rest his soul. It is a darn shame that the "Sandusky Affair" ruined the legacy of perhaps the most influential coach in the college ranks. Whether JOPA was complicit in some sort of cover up is a moot point. His reputation is ruined forever. It matters little if his name is cleared at a later date. Same type thing with Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, etc. They are seen as damaged goods and their real accomplishments and contributions to their respective sports is of little consequence.
They do say that one "oh shit" can erase a whole lot of "attaboys."