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Joe Paterno and the Penn State abuse scandal: what took the media so long?

Reuters :: When Penn State fired head coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday, it was the culmination of a scandal more than 15 years in the making.

So what took the media so long?

The lapse can't be attributed merely to star-struck local newspapers or lazy national sportswriters, though that's part of the equation. Jerry Sandusky, a long-time assistant to the winningest coach in college football history, allegedly abused at least half a dozen young boys over more than a decade. Penn State administrators knew about it and law enforcement was investigating him. But a combination of other factors converged to keep the accusations under wraps.

Details - continue to read Brent Lang | Lucas Shaw, www.reuters.com

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