Benedict Arnold, Dr. Samuel Mudd, Thomas Crapper: men whose ignominious legacies are to have their names used as a pejorative shorthand (in common usage, if not in accurate fact).
Could it be that Joe Paterno's legacy might also be creation of a neologism, a new term for a scorched-earth, record-vacating punishment? To be given the Paterno treatment?
For instance, when/if all of Lance Armstrong's victories since 1998 are vacated, will we say he's been Paterno'd? Will the twitter feed look like this:
Single-Payer Health Care Now!
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