Football fans are caught today between loyalty to the Black and Gold and Coach Gary Pinkel’s shocking remarks at Southeastern Conference Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. It’s obvious no one briefed Pinkel on the damning report by former FBI honcho Louis Freeh about the late Penn State Coach Joe Paterno’s complicity in covering up former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s serial pedophilia. Pinkel’s quotes: “…you can’t take away the greatness of this man… He was a great man. However you analyze this, you can’t erase all that this guy’s done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that…” Pinkel went on to blame the press. “I think when you come out of such a tragic situation, certainly involving children and the magnitude of this in our country from a media standpoint, I anticipated really what happened. I anticipated that they would do this. You’re not going to sit back there and say, ‘Well, just things happen.’ You’re not going to do that. They’re going to be firing, and people, they’re going to make statements and they’re going to point fingers…” Then Pinkel concluded: “It’s so easy in hindsight to go back there and say what it is…that’s the easiest thing to do. The easiest thing to do is to point fingers and” say “‘You should have done this, you should have done that, you should have done that.’” Freeh concluded Paterno indeed should have acted differently, and instead, the late coach intervened and halted a plan by Penn State officials to report a 2001 incident involving Sandusky to child welfare enforcement officials.