Pinkel defends Paterno
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
HOOVER, Ala. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he thinks it is “wrong” to place sole blame for the Penn State tragedy on former coach Joe Paterno.
Talking with reporters Tuesday at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Pinkel was quoted as saying “You can’t take away the greatness of this man. He was a great man, and you can’t, however you analyze this, all of a sudden erase all that this guy’s done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that.”
Pinkel said Paterno was a friend who he got to know professionally.
He added it was a “tragic situation ... involving children” and “I’m sure maybe if (Paterno) could do it over again he would (have) followed up a few things.”