What is a coach? We are teachers. Educators. We have the same obligations as all teachers, except we probably have more influence over young people than anybody but their families. And, in a lot of cases, more than their families.
To teach an academic subject is certainly not easy, but compared to coaching, it is. We can say two plus two is four to every kid and be sure that we are right. But in coaching, we have to literally get to the soul of the people we are dealing with.
We have to work with emotion, commitment, discipline, loyalty, pride.
The things that make the difference in a person’s life.
They look to us for examples. A boy wants to be a man. But he doesn’t know what a man is. They look to us for poise. Everybody doesn’t get a fair shake in life. They look to us for values. You must relate athletic experiences to life. You are role models.
They look to us for consistency. We have to realize a kid will love us one day and hate us the next. That cannot change who we are and what we are about. We are there to help them reach for excellence . . . and not just win games.
We have to be understanding but tough. Firm. Real firmness is always helpful. Bill Clinton said, “I feel for you.” Vince Lombardi said, “The pain is in your head.”
Tom Boswell of the Washington Post wrote about the difference beween excellence and success. He wrote:
“Many people, particularly in sports, believe that success and excellence are the same. They are not. No distinction in the realm of games is more important. Success is tricky, perishable, and often outside our control. On the other hand, excellence is dependable, lasting, and largely within our control. Let me emphasize at once that nobody is all one way or another. The desire for success and love of excellence coexist in all of us. The question is: Where does the balance lie? In a pinch, what guides us?”
I think we all have to ask ourselves that question. In a pinch, what guides us—success or excellence? Which will give us shelter when the storm clouds gather?
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Revue de presse
"Paterno is a portrait very much in three dimensions. It is the story of an extraordinary life." (Philadelphia Daily News)
"Paterno adds grain and texture to the historical record.... makes a cogent case for absorbing Paterno's entire legacy." (Dwight Garner The New York Times)
"I urge you to read [Paterno]. . . A life is never defined entirely by a man's good, or by his bad." (Mike Vaccaro New York Post)
"It is exhilirating to read of Paterno the man and gripping to read of his downfall." (ESPN.com)
The truth is that [Paterno] is a portrait very much in three dimensions. In that sense, Posnanski succeeds…We are left with this book as the final record of the final days. It is more than that, obviously - it is the story of an extraordinary life - but it is most compelling as a chronicle of the end.” (Philadelphia Daily News)
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The Life of Paterno - A Fair Treatment21 août 2012
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Paterno by Joe Posnanski
"Paterno" is the fascinating story of Joe Paterno's life. It's the truth of his life. "The only thing he ever asked of me was to write the truth as I found it." Mission accomplished, talented author and sports journalist Joe Posnanski, takes the reader on a life's journey, the life of Joe Paterno. With unlimited access to Joe Paterno's personal files, family, friends and former players, Posnanski weaves a captivating life that impacted many: his childhood, war, college life at Brown University and his sixty-one years of coaching at Penn State. It includes the very sad ending and the scandal that galvanized the country. This mesmerizing 416-page book is composed of the following five acts: Act I: Before, Act II: Excellence, Act III: Success, Act IV: What Comes After and the Final Act.
Positives: 1. Posnanski captures the essence of Joe Paterno's life. It is well-written, well-researched and the topic was treated with the utmost care and respect. Most importantly, it was truthful. 2. Having access to Joe Paterno and all the people that interacted with him was instrumental in being able to provide the public with a truthful account. The author makes it clear that he is not out to defend Joe Paterno but to provide a truthful account of his life and succeeds. 3. The book covers Paterno's life: from his childhood, his many years as a coach to the sad end. 4. One of the joys of reading is discovering hidden gems and surprises. The author provides many interesting tidbits about Paterno. 5. As a football fan, I enjoyed the insight into coaching. The philosophy, the inner workings, the interaction with people, the impact to a community and ultimately a nation. How coaching changed over the years, the evolution of coaching. 6. Paterno's philosophy in life. His passion for education. 7. This book is also about the people that Paterno influenced: his family, the players, students, his staff and his community. Many amusing stories. 8. Once again, if you are a college football fan and you are going to enjoy the inside scoop of big-time college sports. Many great anecdotes. 9. The rise of a college coach star. Sainthood. The arrival of Penn State. to prominence. 10. The issue of race and college football, fascinating. 11. Paterno and his relationship not just with his players and family but rival coaches. 12. The things Paterno enjoyed the most. 13. The cherished traditions of Penn State. Paterno's idiosyncrasies. 14. Penn State College football...time to name drop, the football stars. The players, the games, the successes, the championship teams. 15. Paterno's family and their relationship to football. 16. Paterno's speeches. His motivational and inspirational tactics. 17. His relationship with Sandusky, as a coach and as a man. The author is very candid and forthright. Interesting. 18. The aging coach and dealing with adversities (bad seasons). Interesting. 19. The scandal. A very touchy and disturbing issue. The author handles it with an even-handed approach. 20. The sad end. The investigation, the illness and the end. The author does this section justice. 21. An excellent notes section that covers how the majority of the material for the book was obtained.
Negatives: 1. The biggest downfall of biographies is that many of the highlights of the book have been revealed to the public. That being said, the author includes so much more to Paterno's life story. 2. If you are not a college football fan you will struggle through those sections that emphasize the game that I particularly enjoyed. 3. Those looking for a book about just the scandal will be disappointed, this book is about the life of Joe Paterno and all that it entailed including the scandal. 4. There are still more questions than answers.
In summary, I really enjoyed this book. First of all, let me state for the record that I have no affiliation with Penn State. The purpose of my review is to provide a personal assessment of the quality of the book, not to defend Joe Paterno. The most important thing about a biography is how it corresponds to reality and to convey it in an entertaining and accessible manner to the public. It's also about treating the subject with fairness and to handle sensitive issues with the proper tone and care. Posnanski succeeds on all fronts. It's a book that covers the life of Joe Paterno accurately. I highly recommend this book!
Further recommendations: "Paterno: By The Book" by Joe Paterno, "Playing for Paterno: One Coach, Two Eras: a Father and Son's Personal Recollections of Playing for JoePa" by Charles and Tony Pittman.
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An enlightening portrait7 septembre 2012
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Having casually followed US college football for a number of years -- including my time playing in Canada during the early 80's -- I was a semi-informed but highly motivated reader. I had a vague notion of Paterno's characteristics but few details, so this fascinating portrait really filled in the gaps for me. And it was done in a well paced, approachable and intelligent manner. Overall, an excellent read.
On the matter of Paterno's culpability, with respect to properly reporting his knowledge of Sandusky, I found myself flipping back and forth emotionally. At one point my reaction was the author was cutting Joe Pa the maximum allowable slack -- but then as I read more closely I found maybe that bias was more of my own as I was tainted going in by the press stories which expressed unfettered outrage. In addition, I must say I appreciated the fact the author took a risk and briefly include his personal response to Paterno's question about "what do you think of all this?". It was appropriate and illuminated other aspects of the text nicely.
Paterno lived a rich and authentic life. While his blind spots unfortunately led to his downfall, I believe, as the emotion subsides, the everyday fan will have a more balanced view of his entire legacy.
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Great read9 septembre 2012
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This is an unbiased, truthful story of a great coach, and a great man who made a mistake that caused him to lose everything he'd worked 61 years for. Even Paterno said that all his life he'd worked to make a name for himself, now it's all gone. That was one of my favorite quotes from the book, along with this one: "They really think that if I knew someone was hurting kids, I wouldn't stop it? Don't they know me? Don't they know what my life has been about?" He said himself he regrets not following up, but he had done what he was supposed to do, he did not know all the circumstances and details, and thought it was taken care of. I think the fault lies with the ones he reported to who did not go directly to the police. Truthfully, yes Paterno should have followed up, but the book says repeatedly that at that point in his life, he wanted nothing to do with detail, only to coach his team. I think other things that came along were far from his mind, especially because he didn't know details about this situation. It's evident in his career that he was not out to make money, or cover up child molesters to make Penn State a great football program. If that was the case, he would have worked to keep Sandusky on staff, even after the 1998 incident, as defensive coordinator because the team suffered some of their worst seasons after Sandusky left. And if he was out for fame and money, he would have taken the numerous offers for a head coaching position in the NFL. The New England Patriots offer him 1.3 million and part ownership when he was making $30,000 for a cow field college team and he turns it down, but all he cares about are wins, fame, and glory? Come on. Fact is, he made a mistake and he was the face of Penn State. People give him credit for having way more power than he actually has (he even said this numerous times in the book) and he took the fall because of his moral responsibility to follow through. It's too bad that his legacy will forever be tainted for this. And the media has made things so much worse. Facts are skewed and people jump to conclusions without finding out the truth. This book is a truthful rendition of the man's entire life's work and the mistake that took away all of the good he had done.
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Vital Piece of the Puzzle22 août 2012
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Posnanski's book needs to be read by those that prior to November 2011 only knew Joe Paterno as a football coach. A lot of favorite vignettes of Paterno's legacy are here, including stories of his childhood in Brooklyn and the disappointment of his father upon Paterno's decision to shirk law school to instead coach at Brown University. Posnanski outlines Paterno's rise and explains how he etched out a special place in many Penn Staters hearts, but the author also holds no punches in his criticism of Paterno's handling (or mishandling) of the Sandusky saga. Posnanski has stated on the record that the Paterno estate has had zero input on his final draft, making this the most unbiased and most thoroughly researched biography of Joseph Paterno.
If your intention is to read this book to learn more dirt about Paterno's role in the Sandusky scandal, you will walk away disappointed. If you care to learn more about the man that millions idolized and attempt to understand his legacy and fallout, then you must read this book.
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Direct and honest4 septembre 2012
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I grew up with Joe Paterno in a manner of speaking. His first season as a head coach was my sophomore year at Penn State. I can't say I really got to know him personally, but I did meet him and speak with him on several occasions. I also roomed with a couple football players during my time at PSU and heard dozens of Paterno stories from them.
So, the majority of this book offered no real surprises for me. If was only near the end, when the author focused on the Sandusky scandal, that I found out things I never knew. Paterno's relationship with Sandusky was a particular example. I never knew that the relationship between the two men was always strained and I kept asking myself why he didn't just fire Sandusky. So many things might have turned out differently.
For those that followed Paterno closely over the many years, this book will bring back many positive memories. We may never know all that went on behind the scenes during the scandal, but I believe Paterno did what he thought was right. His actions were inept and tragically not enough - even he admitted as much - but I cannot believe he would deliberately cover up the horrors of Sandusky's crimes. What happened at the end of his career (and life) seemed a media driven, rush to judgement by many people (the Board, the administration, the NCAA) that resulted in forever ruining the reputation of a coach who worked so hard to do the right thing over so many years. Reading this book helped me to remember him for the positive impact he had on the lives of so many.