No Reason to Treat Coaches Like Deities

Loose Ball: A report on Penn State's sex-abuse scandal shows the folly of glorifying Joe Paterno.

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Football and basketball are outsized at many universities, which often results in longtime coaches gaining inordinate power and prestige. There’s no getting around the affection that students and fans can develop for famed coaches.

But universities should do a better job teaching everyone to keep intercollegiate sports in perspective. And remember that coaches are human, too, with flaws and weaknesses like everyone else.

Deron Snyder’s Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

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