In what seemed like an instant, Penn State football icon Joe Paterno went from beloved figure to abhorred outcast. Now, 10 years after the Penn State sex abuse scandal, a new episode of ESPN E60 looks at The Paterno Legacy.
The one-hour The Paterno Legacy will premiere on Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and will be available afterward via streaming on demand on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.
For so many, Paterno was a hero. He was the winningest coach in major college football history and a two-time national champion. He was “Joe Pa,” celebrated as much for the lives he shaped off the field as the wins that he tallied on it.
Paterno’s legacy was secure – until it wasn’t. The allegations of sexual abuse of minors leveled against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in the fall of 2011 cast a dark shadow on the university, the football program, and Paterno. The legendary coach was cast out and his legacy, which he had spent decades building, was in tatters.
The program includes interviews with many who were involved or directly affected by the events of 10 years ago, including Sandusky, who speaks with E60’s John Barr from prison where he is serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years after being convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Among others interviewed:
Jay Paterno – son of Joe Paterno.
Graham Spanier – former Penn State University president.
Gary Schultz — former Senior Vice-President Finance and Business, Penn State University.
Matt McGloin — Penn State player under Joe Paterno, 2009-2011.
Mike Wallace — Penn State player under Joe Paterno, 2009-2011.
Matt Millen — NFL Broadcaster, executive, player; Penn State player under Paterno, 1976-79.
Aaron Fisher — “Victim 1” in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case.
Tom Kline — attorney representing “Victim 5” in Sandusky sex-abuse case.
Mark Dyreson — Co-Director, Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society.
Bob Costas – sports anchor and journalist.
Howard Bryant — author and sports journalist.
The Paterno Legacy is produced by Michael Sciallo.
Other ESPN platforms also will contribute to the storytelling: excerpts will be included in the Tuesday, April 12, OTL on SC segment in the noon edition of SportsCenter and the Saturday, April 16 edition of Outside the Lines (9 a.m., ESPN). Barr will be a guest on the ESPN Daily Podcast on April 15 and ESPN.com will have a written piece by Barr to accompany the E60 episode.
After the television debut, the program will re-air multiple times across ESPN Networks and will be available for on-demand viewing on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.
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