1. I am a Joe Paterno fan.2. I am greatly saddened by this entire scandal,
but JoePa, as Sandusky's boss, should have done more, which he admitted he
didn't. 3. When the lawsuits are over and Penn State has paid out millions
for this, those losses should come out of the football program's budget. They
should not raise tuition or fees, passing the bill to the students.
The Penn State Board of Directors made a courageous and painful move tonight.
Letting JoPa coach Saturday and "leave on his own terms," would simply
be saying that PSU cares more about institutional damage control and JoPa's
legacy (and the bucks created by football) than about honor, integrity and the
pain that their negligence has caused young victims. Penn State (other than the
idiots who place their icon and football fun on a higher scale than the
protection of children) should wake up tomorrow, saddened--but proud of their
administration. Horrifying mistakes have been made, legends have fallen and will
be tainted for life, victims lives have been ruined by an old boy network that
played hush hush because the old boys club and the schools reputation were
deemed the most important (sound familiar, Roger Mahoney and Cardinal Law...).
But this administration and board has claimed that, beginning Wednesday evening
at about 10 Eastern time, Penn State University is playing a whole new ball
game. Bravo. Be proud! You are Penn State and you will have better days ahead.
Heinous crime no doubt. Heads will continue to roll. I doubt Penn St, has enough
insurance to cover the lawsuits that are going to come down as a result of this.
One thought here though that makes me wonder. Mike McQueary saw an assault and
reported it to Paterno. Paterno reported it to his supervisor. Now Paterno is
gone, the University President is gone. Both had a moral duty to do more. Early
reports claim Paterno followed the statute yet morally he should have done more.
Why is Mike McQueary still employed when he should have done more both morally
and ethically after seeing an assault? There is no room for a double standard or
moral ambiguity in cases like this, period.
The PSU Board of Trustees did NOT do the right thing - the caved to political
correctness. Facts are just not there to make this a Joe Paterno problem.
Sandusky left Penn State in 1999. Sandusky was observed with the victim in
2002. The incident was reported to Paterno and then by Paterno to PSU officials.
This was not associate with the football program or in any way to the team or
current staff.It would make just as much sense to blame the parents
of the boy - did they come foward yet? This is just a incredible spin on what
"coulda" or "shoulda" been done by whom.
"Paterno said in a statement earlier Wednesday that he was "absolutely
devastated" by the abuse case, in which his former assistant and onetime
heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over
15 years, with some of the alleged assaults taking place at the Penn State
football complex."Sad to say, but this response by Coach
Paterno is totally inadequate.Over the years, one on one, he's got
in the face of at least a thousand of his players and commanded them to
"Put up or shut up. If you don't want to do the job, turn in your uniform
and your and leave it to the men on the team to get the job done!"In your position, Coach, you fumbled the ball and gave away the game. You
failed to step up, stand up and be a man.There's no justification in
the world for failing these eight innocent children.
Joe Paterno set a record for most career wins by a coach by obstructing justice.
He knew about the rape of a child by one of his coaches, and he,along with many
others at Penn State, did not do the right thing. Instead, he chose to protect a
friend who is a pedophile; he chose to protect his football program; and he
chose to protect his football legacy. Before this story broke I
admired Joe Paterno for his great coaching career. Now I see him as a scoundrel
who failed to protect the most valued commodity of our society-our children. The
only record I acknowledge Paterno holding is his record for protecting a
pedophile who continued to commit heinous acts because Paterno, and others in
positions of authority at PSU, refused to, morally and ethically, do the right
witch hunt. Paterno doesn't deserve this.
Getting Paterno out of there is the right move.We all need to send a
message to Pedophiles and anyone who tolerates or protects them that no matter
how long it takes to discover their activities when we do then they are
JJ1094"The incident was reported to Paterno and then by Paterno
to PSU officials. This was not associate with the football program or in any way
to the team or current staff."Penn State gave Sandusky emeritus
status when he retired in 1999, allowed him to set up an office directly across
the street from the football training facilities, and allowed him unrestricted
access to the Penn State campus - Sandusky was seen in the football training
facilities just last week, the day before the grand jury report was released.Every single person who even suspected child abuse had a legal
responsibility to report it to legal authorities. Every single person who
witnessed child abuse occurring had a moral responsibility to intervene. At the
very least, JoePa should have loaded Mcquery into a car and driven him down to
the Division of Family Services and asked them to listen to what Mcquery had
witnessed.Penn State failed miserably in their primary duty, to
protect kids from being abused while on Penn State property.
Penn State is a just few miles from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. I
couldn't help but consider and compare the demonstration last night to the truly
significant events that have occured in that area in American history....Is a lawyer wasting his time on-line today? I am curious about the legal
implications against these two individuals. They certainly failed in their moral
obligations. However, neither had first hand knowledge of the event and neither
will be considered mandatory reporters. I have a hunch that all they will lose
are their reputations and legacy. Which, for Paterno, is the greatest price of
I love how everyone like to convict on a simple Grand Jury indictment. You do realize that any DA worth his salt could get an indictment on a ham
sandwich right?Jopa did inform his superiors as per State Law. It
was the responsiblilty of the AD to inform the Authorities.This is
nothing more than finding a scapegoat for the Regents, President and AD office
Bluecoug... So you are convicting someone without a trial right?
Say it ain't so Joe!46 years of greatness, tarnished because he
didn't make a stronger stand.Its worth throwing a friend under the
bus to help a child.Sad day in Penn.
D'Anconia"Paterno doesn't deserve this."Paterno absolutely deserves this.Everyone at Penn State from the
school president, to the AD, to the head football coach knew what was going on
and did nothing to stop it. Nobody even lifted a finger to find out who the
first victim was.Anyone who wants to defend or feel sorry for
Paterno needs to ask themselves this question:How would you feel if
that was your 10-year-old son being sexually assaulted in the Penn State
football showers by one of JoePa's assistant coaches, and when JoePa was
informed of the assault, he wasn't concerned enough to even find out the name of
your son, let alone do everything he could to ensure that the assault was fully
investigated by legal authorities?
Remember recent reports that have said that there are only two football programs
to win AP national titles that have never been on probation? Penn State and
BYU.Ironic that both schools were in the spotlight this year:One school did self report and one did not.(Both situations
were non-NCAA violations)
Wait, wait, wait. Let's get this right.Mike McQueary still has a
job....? He WITNESSED the crime happening and did nothing! That is much worse
than anything Paterno "didn't" do!What about Sandusky? I
want to hear about what is going to happen to Sandusky, and how long he is going
away for.What about McQueary? Shcultz? Spanier? They are all more to
blame than Joe Paterno. Why McQueary still has a job, I have no idea.Let's get this right: Paterno didn't do enough. That's evident; but none of
his superiors did enough either. As a university, Penn State fires Paterno, but
McQueary is still coaching? That is downright ridiculous.Sandusky
needs to be charged and arrested, bottom line.
Confused"So you are convicting someone without a trial
right?"There's ample evidence to support suspected abuse. Talk
to any attorney familiar with child abuse law and you'll quickly learn that you
are REQUIRED to report SUSPECTED child abuse to legal authorities.It's not up to you, or Paterno, or the school president, or the AD to
determine if the abuse actually occurred.Sandusky will get his day
in court, as will Penn State authorities who failed in their duty to report the
suspected abuse.The Penn State board of trustees had no choice but
to fire Paterno.They could hardly afford the public relations
nightmare of seeing thousands of Penn State fans on national television cheering
for a coach who was suspected of failing to do everything he could to protect
young children from being sexually abused.
BlueCoug,I have talked to an Attorney and they said you can get an grand
jury indictment on a ham sandwich.What evidence do you have? you
have a highly slanted grand jury report. You have ALLEGATIONS not evidence.Second, IF we are suppose to report Suspected Abuse. Then why are you
not convicting MeQuery? he saw the abuse and went home.... wow... Talked to his
dad, then the next day went to Jopa. Jopa WENT directly to the AD.So
if you all for Jopa being demonized then you need to do the same thing for this
@Just the FAXYour name is ironic. The perp wasn't JoePa's assistant
coach at the time. JoePa wasn't a witness to the crime. Were you there? Did you
personally see and hear what JoePa did with the information? He has admitted,
with the benefit of hindsight, that he didn't do enough. But he did something
about it. I'll reserve judgement until I have more FACTS about this case.Again, he doesn't deserve this at this time.
Firing Paterno was the right move. McQueary also needs to be removed. How can
anyone witness a child rape and not call the police? I wonder how any man could
walk upon the crime of child rape and not immediately intervene to stop the
act.McQueary failed in many ways. So what if he feared for his job?
If your job is dependent upon being quiet about child rape, other than reporting
it to authorities who did nothing about it, then you have a job that is not
worth keeping. How did McQueary sleep nights?