COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A lawmaker from Springfield is fueling debate over comments by University of Missouri Tigers Head Coach Gary Pinkel about former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Sara Lampe, who is running for the democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, released a statement on Thursday criticizing Pinkel's comments about Paterno made at the SEC Media Days in Birmingham. It comes one week after the Freeh report was released, citing evidence Penn State officials, including Paterno, covered up allegations of child sex abuse by former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Talking to reporters this week, Pinkel said he thought it was "wrong" to blame only Paterno. He added, "you cannot take away the greatness of this man. He was a great man. However you analyze this, all of a sudden erase all that this guy has done. You cannot do that. Nobody can do that." He then 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."