HBO has premiered a short teaser trailer for “Paterno,” their upcoming telemovie about the disgraced Penn State football coach whose football legacy was tainted following the revelation of long-term sustained child sex abuse committed by his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno was a beloved football coach with a legendary reputation in the small college town of Happy Valley – leading the college team through 46 seasons, winning 24 bowl games and two national titles. It made him the “winningest coach” in college football history.
The movie’s story covers the two-week period between the revelations of Sandusky’s fifteen-year history of sexually abusing children, and the firing of Paterno from his position at Penn State as he’s forced to face questions of institutional failure, how much he knew and how complicit he was.
Sara Ganim, who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the scandal, serves as a consultant on the telemovie. “Paterno” is slated to premiere on HBO in the Spring.