Joe Paterno's salary as Penn State football coach was released today following the loss of a court case challenging its secrecy. We now know why PSU fought so hard to keep this information secret: JoePa earns a pitifully small salary for what he does. Last year Paterno made $490,638 and this year will go over $500,000.
For head football coaches of his tenure, reputation, success and integrity this is a paltry sum. I'm actually embarrassed by the amount. Do you mean that after fifty some years of dedication to Penn State, that incredible string of non losing seasons, all the victories, all the glory, all the young men he molded, all he has done for the University he hasn't even made over half a mill yet? This is a disgrace. Look at what other top coaches earn and we aren't even in the ballpark (sorry for the bad pun).