Students rally in support of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on Tuesday evening in State College, Pa. Paterno's support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as "eroding" Tuesday, threatening to end the 84-year-old coach's career. (AP)

Students rally in support of Joe Paterno on Tuesday evening in State College, Pa. (AP)

The celebrated football program of Penn State University has been in the news this week because of the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant to Head Coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky is charged with multiple counts of child abuse. Bill Littlefield believes Paterno and other university officials deserve a large share of the blame for failing to respond responsibly to the circumstances.

Bill’s column, “Game Over: Blame For Abuse Lies With Iconic Coach,” first appeared on NPR.org.