Why would he not sign? Maybe waiting for another offer?
Maybe he doesn't sign yet because he sees that this is a huge decision for him
and not something to be rushed into on a whim. This isn't some 18-year-old
impetuous kid, after all. Let's hope he does choose the Cougars. We
need a strong D-line and lost a couple of good players to graduation.
Its a great honor to be offered by BYU, said the 6-foot-2, 280-pound prospect. I
didnt really like BYU growing up I was a Utah guy, but visiting BYU and seeing
them up close really opened my eyes and I could definitely see myself and my
fiance at BYU.I just wanted to re-post this quote one more time to
ensure Chris B, Naval Vet and Hedgehog read it one more time. Tenny, we'd love to see you play in blue and white.
"Programs such as BYU, Utah, Utah State, Washington, and Washington State
came calling until it became apparent that he wouldnt qualify
academically."I assume then, that has changed? The article
doesn't mention how he's done now, but it goes to show you BYU will take players
who have struggled academically in the past, much to the contrary belief of many
of the posters on here.Good luck in signing this talent, Y.
BYU has two very good D-linemen coming off missions and another one they signed
last week, but they lost some to graduation and missions as well. This young man
could see significant PT and help a great deal. Hope he decides on BYU.
BYU never signs players that have struggled to qualify academically in the past.
That part of the article must be erroneous.
jealous DevilishUte BYU, like most other schools, has somewhat lower
academic admission standards for athletes, but BYU does have minimum standards
that all athletes must meet to play at BYU.Star Lutuleilei orginally
signed with BYU, but had to go to Snow College because he needed to get his
grades up. Some athlete succeed at the JC level and then come to BYU. Some don't
and end up playing somewhere that doesn't have as high academic standards.
A lot of the same schools that recruited me out of high school have started
recruiting me again, he said. I have offers from Utah State, Oregon State and
from Washington along with my BYU offer.=========I wonder why
Utah isn't giving him an offer? They did when he was in high school. Why
wouldn't they now?
An offer to play at BYU yet no commitment?Can't blame the young man
if waits to see if a better offer comes along.Must be waiting to see
if he gets an offer from Utah.
Howard S.Utah won't make an offer because the Utes don't want to be
embarrassed when Palepoi turns them down to play for BYU.
@TrueBlue"...Utes don't want to be embarrassed when Palepoi
turns them down to play for BYU."*********You may be
right... lots of top level D1 athletes prefer to test themselves against WAC
populated schedules instead of BCS schedules.Palepoi may be one of
If this kid wants to make football a carrer he shouldn't sign with the Y. The
PAC-12 schools will give him a greater chance of getting there.
Ute fans: Once haters of BCS snobs become the snobs. Ironic, isn't it?
Howard S."You may be right... lots of top level D1 athletes
prefer to test themselves against WAC populated schedules instead of BCS
schedules."What a surprise, another typical clueless response
from a hill dweller.With Washington State, Utah, Boise State,
Hawaii, Oregon State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech on the 2012 schedule, I
seriously doubt Palepoi is worried about being "tested". We all know
what happened the last time Utah faced Boise State and Notre Dame.The potential for being humiliated by a program that has a habit of losing to
conference cellar dwellars and 10-loss teams is probably a bigger worry. Playing
a BCS schedule doesn't impress anybody when you lose to mediocre BCS teams.
@giantfan Ute fans... BCS haters? I think not...Utah
embraced the BCS as the first and original BCS busters. Only the
rejected and excluded are haters... which explains the Cougar Nation's view of
Howard S.get realUtah fans whined incessantly about the
BCS denying the Utes any chance of playing for the national championship in 2004
and 2008.Ironically, Utah has even less chance of getting into a BCS
game now, than they did when they were members of the MWC. Instead of getting
past BYU and TCU, the Utes must now get past USC, Oregon, and Stanford.
CougFaninTX:"I just wanted to re-post this quote one more time
to ensure...Naval Vet...read it one more time." Well, well,
well. It seems you have quite the obsession with me, and what I think of you
and your bush-league, Indy-WACey school. It's obvious you envy and look up to
your big brother on the Hill. Anyway, I thought I'd post something that Mr.
Gurney accidently left OUT of the article...Scout ranks Palepoi with
ZERO-stars.Rivals never even heard of the guy.Should I re-post
that one more time to ensure you read it?
TrueBlue:"Star Lutuleilei [sic] orginally [sic] signed with
BYU, but had to go to Snow College because he needed to get his grades up. Some
athlete succeed at the JC level and then come to BYU. Some don't and end up
playing somewhere that doesn't have as high academic standards."There was nothing wrong with Star Lotulelei's academics coming out of Jr.
College. He qualified, and received another scholarship offer from, the
irrelevant Indy-WACers in Provo. The reason why he signed with Utah
after coming out of Snow was because, like Kyle Whittingham, if given a choice,
MAY have preferred the cougars initially right out of high school, but in the
end, and after a few years of maturity, would ultimately prefer to finish their
respective careers at Utah.
TrueBlue:"Utah won't make an offer because the Utes don't want
to be embarrassed when Palepoi turns them down to play for BYU."Or because he's an unheralded, zero-star defensive lineman -- whom I might
add, Rivals never even heard of. But, for now, Utah will have to
just make due with 4-star DT Visesio Salt and 3-star DT Vaha Vainuku, both of
whom, I might add, were NOT offered by the Y because the cougars did not want to
be embarrassed when they inevitably would have turned them down in order to play
Everyone should detest the BCS. It is NOT a true championship system. Here's a
good suggestion....Take the bowl games and convert them into playoff
games. Take the conference winners of all the D1 schools and match them up as
seeds in a bowl-based playoff that leads to the Rose Bowl for a TRUE
CHAMPIONSHIP of winning teams.Cool idea, huh? Then all you guys
would stop wasting time talking about BCS, BCS, BCS. And we'd talk more about
cool new players like Palepoi. Come to the Cougars, brah!
tenny, man i havent seen you forever, go to byu it'll be an amazing adventure!
do it man, Butler
"Or because he's an unheralded, zero-star defensive lineman -- whom I might
add, Rivals never even heard of."Which, of course, is the
reason Utah State, Oregon State and Washington are still recruiting him. Just
admit it, the reason Utah isn't recruiting Palepoi is because Tenny has no
interest in Utah.
Naval Vet, don't be so emotional about it. "Zero stars" doesn't
usually equate to less than one star, just means he hasn't been evaluated. Utah
actually has had several players commit this year that initially had "zero
stars," but were later evaluated and in some cases given 3 stars and I
believe one was given 2.I think it's safe to say, however, that
Palepoi hasn't had quite the junior college career athletically that he was
hoping for. I do think of the schools that have offered, BYU would probably be
the best option as far as a family standpoint and possibility of immediate
playing time. Utah doesn't have great need at the position at the moment, but it
wouldn't surprise me to see them offer late if they lose out on a couple of the
highly-sought-after players they're looking at. Good luck to him in the process.
Little bit misleading to call him a "top" prospect, though, don't you
think, Mr. Gurney?
deductive reasoning:"With Washington State, Utah, Boise State,
Hawaii, Oregon State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech on the 2012 schedule, I
seriously doubt Palepoi is worried about being 'tested'."So...just for the record then, you ARE suggesting Wash. St. and Oregon St. ARE
quality opponents. Got it. But I'm missing the "deductive reasoning"
wherein Hawai'i falls in among those aforementioned 6. Furthermore,
can we "deduce" that the cougars will only be playing a 7-game 2012
schedule? Because I could have sworn that they were playing a 7-game HOME
schedule. And that Utah, Boise St, Notre Dame, and Ga. Tech were all AWAY!
What happened to the other half of your schedule. Who might THEY be, hmmm?
Please come back and post those "dauntingly challenging" opponents.
News Flash!! Tenny is being recruited by Utah. He has a trip this week to Oregon
St and Utah the following week. Utah wants this kid bad!! He comes from a family
of athletes and if you have seen any footage of this kid you would understand
why teams are after him!! Stay tuned, Utes get their shot at him in a week!!
navel vet"Or because he's an unheralded, zero-star defensive
lineman -- whom I might add, Rivals never even heard of."Believe what you want, but Utah State, Oregon State, Washington, and BYU have
all offered him scholarships, as well as Oregon and Utah previously, so
obviously he's pretty well known and even more obviously, he's much better than
the unheralded lineman you jealously want to pretend he is.
47blast:"Utah wants this kid bad!!"Really? We
want him bad? Where are you getting this from? Certainly not the article. And
not from Rivals. Did you just make that up?CordonBleu:If I'm the one pretending Palepoi is unheralded, why doesn't Rivals have any
information on him? And I'm not just talking about 2012 either. There is no
record of Palepoi even being recruited out of high school. And
speaking of "pretending" where has it been recroded that this guy ever
received a scholarship offer from Oregon? Did you make that up?
What is it with you and Rivals? Is Rivals the only resource you have? Just wait
and see. I would say trust me I know a little bit more about the kids situation
then you but that wouldn't mean anything to you. right? Inside scoop, and your
on the outside. Its going to come down to Utah,BYU, and Utah State..
Navel Vet"And speaking of "pretending" where has it
been recroded that this guy ever received a scholarship offer from Oregon? Did
you make that up?"SL TribAggieville: USU SportsUSU
football: Tenny Palepoi de-commits from Utah StatePublished on Sep 14,
2011"Palepoi was slated to become an Aggie, but didn't qualify
academically over the summer. He is playing another season at Snow, and has
picked up an offer from OREGON, and has interest from several other
schools."Palepoi has been heavily recruited by numerous PAC 12
schools and all three major college football programs in Utah, which is proof
positive that you don't have a clue regarding how good Palepoi is.Since when are you and Rivals the only valid sources of college football
recruiting information in the universe?
Y Haters- "blah blah blah blah blah"Ute Haters- "yap
yap yap yap yap"People with lives- "boring!"
Here is my opinion, which I am sure some reasonable people will agree with.I am sure Utah was looking at Palepoi. I really doubt they are anymore.
Utah has commitments this class from 3 JC Defensive linemen, all of whom are
widely rated above Palepoi, and with the majority of their D-line Juniors or
Seniors, I HIGHLY doubt they are actively recruiting Tenny, another junior. If they would have wiffed on some recruits higher up their board, I
believe they would have came after him hard. But they didn't wiff, and so they
didn't come after him. It's that simple.
I was wondering how many stars Chaz Walker had as a senior. Maybe naval vet
could help me out there. What is more important? The number of
assigned to a prospect by scout and rivals; or his heart, character and desire
to play for a program like no other?No matter where this man ends up
playing, I hope he is given an opportunity to succeed.Go Cougars!
TheSportsAuthority:"Since when are you and Rivals the only
valid sources of college football recruiting information in the
universe?"Thank you for your resource verifying Oregon's
interest in Palepoi. I checked it out, and will concede it is valid. As for my
recruiting resource...(1) I cited BOTH Rivals AND Scout. If you
added up all the stars on both websites, he gets zero. That's a fact.(2) Rivals is my preferred source for recruiting news as I've found it to have
been the most accurate of all recruiting sources.CordonBleu:"he's much better than the unheralded lineman you jealously want to
pretend he is."Again, I'm not pretending Scout has Palepoi
rated with ZERO-stars; neither am I pretending that Rivals has never even heard
of this guy. In fact, the only source I've found that identifies Palepoi as a
"Top junior college prospect" is Brandon Gurney...the cougars' own
recruiting beat-writer/homer. Who are YOU pretending believes him to be a
As one who has played and/or coached football for some 40 years, I hate the
rating system. The star rating system is based on how much Public Relations an
athletes coach and parents can get him. Paul Kruger, now an NFL DL with the
Baltimore Ravens didn't have many stars after his name. Urban Meyer recruited
him to play QB, then Whit switched him to D after one practice.To use the
rating system to project how good a player will be is as phony as the BCS system
itself. TCU and BSU were obviously better teams than some of these BCS bowl
teams, and they didn't get the big pay day.Rivals and Scout.com are
a business. Their objective is to make money. Talk to me about Terrell Pryor?
Now, talk to me about Tom Brady? Ben Olsen anyone? BYU's main
selling points are environment, atmosphere then football and exposure. If you're
looking for party's, girls and the myth that is the BCS, then sign with ......
Ohio State.Anyone supporting the BCS isn't about the individual
student/athlete, rather more about the legend of a coach and his program, i.e.,
@Mip... alright...not everyone of BYU's athletes are of the caliber of your two
highly accaimed experts in Cold Fusion technology...so when will I be able to
get my old Plymouth Acclaim up to warp speed???
@Chris DegnDude, you're preaching to the choir about a playoff system. The
main mortivator for the BCS is money, but I think you could make a heck of a lot
from a playoff system for two reasons.1. Each team only plays once per
bowl season, so eve if they play in the playoffs and lose, they're still playing
the same number of games, meaning you won't lose out on the fans from those
schools2. With a playoff system, many teams will play multiple games,
meaning you get the fans from those schools coming back and watching their team
play multiple times, which results in more cash to be had.@ everyone
elseSeriously, why are you trashing some guy whom I'm guessing none of you
have seen play. He was obviously good enough to warrant all of the scholarship
offers then and now, and I wish him luck wherever he goes. If Utah offers him a
scholarship, sweet, more depth in our insane defense. If not, then I understand.
Utah's Defense, especially our line, is our strength, and with the linemen
coming in this year I can understand passing up someone with fewer eligibility
@Rainin TimeFinally a voice of reason. But don't worry, the Ute haters
will find a way to make your statement false. After all, they're in the Pac 10,
which makes them all knowing. Oh and BTW, 54-10, and your team quit. (Sarcasm
Howard S.Better (football) offer? It's really about quality education and
the environment for personal growth that BYU offers. If not, why not go to
Alabama or LSU? That's the ultimate in college football without any concern for
what is best for the individual.
Nothing like being burned by the Y, huh (Navalvet)? No matter how many posts
you make here you still won't receive an acceptance letter.
Did Rivals or Scout rank Chaz Walker (one of the best players on the defensive
side of the ball for the utes) as a high school senior? I guess not because he
was a walk on. We have seen Ofa Moheatu, Ben Olsen and Heaps come
to the Cougars and flop. Personally, I'd rather watch BYU teams full of men that
came to BYU with no sense of entitlement, that play like they have something to
prove to everyone who told them they couldn't reach the next level of
competition, regardless of the number of "stars" they were given by a
"college football recruiting website".Go Cougars!
WON84:Silly desperate frantic and emotional coug. I ALREADY was
accepted to the Y. That's actually where I spent my Freshman year. Being from
out-of-state, I didn't know how weird, stifling, and silly that school was, nor
was I educated on their disdain for academic freedom. So naturally, once fully
apprised, I finished the academic year, and transferred to the U; a learning
environment where our thinking hasn't already been done for us. A
few years later, I earned my MBA from Penn State. If I had no use for a cougar
degree with an undergraduate diploma from the U, why would I ever have any use
for it with a PSU MBA?
"WON84:Silly desperate frantic and emotional coug. I ALREADY
was accepted to the Y. That's actually where I spent my Freshman year. Being
from out-of-state, I didn't know how weird, stifling, and silly that school was,
nor was I educated on their disdain for academic freedom. So naturally, once
fully apprised, I finished the academic year, and transferred to the U; a
learning environment where our thinking hasn't already been done for us. A few years later, I earned my MBA from Penn State. If I had no use for
a cougar degree with an undergraduate diploma from the U, why would I ever have
any use for it with a PSU MBA?"Alright, so your beef with BYU
is academic freedom related? Fair enough, I can't really argue there. I
actually attended the University of Texas and kind of agree with that
statement.I don't understand why you hate the sports so much then?
Good for the U on their new league and bowl win. Don't see why that means one
has to hate BYU sports so much though.
Naval Vet"I didn't know how weird, stifling, and silly that
school was, nor was I educated on their disdain for academic freedom. So
naturally, once fully apprised, I finished the academic year, and transferred to
the U; a learning environment where our thinking hasn't already been done for
us."In other words, where professors were free to trash the
sincerely held religious beliefs of the LDS students in their classes without
having to worry about offending the institution that writes their paycheck.Get over your hatred; it isn't healthy.
Deep thoughts on 'ZERO' star recruits...Yesterday on a BYU
story..."Well, well, well. It seems you have quite the
obsession with me, and what I think of you and your bush-league, Indy-WACey
school.... Anyway, I thought I'd post something that Mr. Gurney accidently left
OUT of the article...Scout ranks Palepoi with ZERO-stars.Rivals never even heard of the guy.Should I re-post that one more
time to ensure you read it?"And today on a Ute story..."The DB currently has zero stars as rated by both Rivals and
Scout... I find it interesting that both Whittingham AND Scalley made a PERSONAL
home visit to grab a commitment for a zero-star recruit. Was it just because he
runs a 4.3 forty? Or is he indeed a diamond in the rough?"Most
Utes seem to be happy about their 'zero' star recruit from Texas today.So conflicted is the Ute fan.
Lets all lay-off the religion and the politics. Utah will always get better
players now that we are with the big-boys, cougar fans get use to it. These
kids know if they want to go on and play in the NFL Utah is a much better place
to be, especially if you are a lineman both O & D.
MLH"Utah will always get better players now that we are with
the big-boys,..."Too bad your fantasy doesn't always match
reality.Case in point:BYU recruit: Tanner Mangum,
4-star, named the Elite 11 camp co-MVPUtah recruit: Travis Wilson,
3-star, didn't even make the Elite 11BYU is a national brand and
will always get quality players.Utah is a regional brand and will
sometimes have to make do with DII transfers.Get used to it.
MLHSo your 'zero' star recruit from Texas is far better than other
'zero' star recruits considering BYU.Yep, makes perfect sense to me
considering the source it came from.'Lets all lay-off the religion,
the politics' and big-boy conference Kool-aid. BYU will continue to get great
players because of its national appeal and legacy. Ute fans should be used to it
by now but so many are in complete denial.That makes perfect sense
to me as well.
sammyg:Your parsing of my comment on that other article was
shamefully disingenuous, and taken out of context. For starters, it was cougar
fan "TJ" that brought up that "diamonds in the rough"
analogy. What I stated on that very post you quoted me from was:"Many apologists will say, just because he has zero stars, that doesn't
make him a zero-star recruit, but rather that he just hasn't been rated yet. I
SAY NOT SO. If he hasn't been rated by now, I find it highly unlikely he'll be
awarded anything more than 2. Still, seeing as how both coaches went through all
that effort just to land him, I'm hopefull that he's better than the ratings
services are reporting."So put into its proper context, you'll
see there has been no duplicity on my part, so unlike yourself, my honor and
integrity remains intact.And for what it's worth, you're only
deceiving your own cougar brethren. I'm curious if those naive cougars would be
grateful for that morsel of fantasy, or displeased/insulted at you playing them
for a fool.
Naval VetThe only fool I see in this whole charade is the so-called
recruiting expert who has deluded himself into believing that the number of
stars placed next to a recruit's name is the end-all-be-all of a recruit's
potential as a college football player.If that were really the case,
you might as well write the obituary on Utah's chances of being competitive in
the PAC 12 because the Utes will NEVER be able to recruit as many 4- and 5-star
recruits as USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Stanford.
JtF, I think his "fantasy" is easily matching reality. He said
"if they want to go on and play in the NFL Utah is a much better
place" and reality is that there are nearly twice as many Utes as BYU
alumni playing in the NFL right now.
LonestarRunner:So in other words, what you're saying is, you're one
who is "grateful" for sammyg's morsel of fantasy. Thank you for your
input. Any other cougars out there want to sound off to the contrary, or do
sammyg and LonestarRunner pretty much represent the dominant ethos of
cougarnation?Oh...and for what it's worth, I do not, nor have I
ever, positioned myself as some kind of "so-called recruiting expert".
I'M not the one who assigned Paleloi ZERO-stars. That would have been Scout.
P.S.: Rivals didn't assign Paleloi zero-stars either. How could
they have? They've never even heard of the guy.
Naval: The bottom line is there is a pool of recruits BYU is
naturally going to have access due to church affiliation that they otherwise
might not. Now not all of these players are great (or will pick BYU) but, there
is a sizeable number who are (and pick BYU) and at the rate the LDS church is
growing (particularly in the inner city) it is also reasonable to conclude that
BYU's recruiting should only continue to improve. On the same
token, joining a "power conference" would do basically nothing when it
comes to impacting how BYU recruits for many of the same reasons. The fact that
such a move hasn't changed Utah's recruiting fortunes is really no reason to
hate BYU though.Honest question, when will Ute fans shift their
attention to the rival's message boards? Colorado could use the attention.
StGtoSLC"reality is that there are nearly twice as many Utes as
BYU alumni playing in the NFL right now"Are you sure about
that? Maybe I am missing some. BYU: Beck, Collie, Denney, Feinga, Hoke, Keisel,
Kehl, Nixon, Pitta, Poppinga and Tonga. I also think Hall, Dallas Reynolds and
Unga are under contract, but might not be on active rosters. For the Utes:
Beadles, Burton, Gross, Fanene, Kemoeatu, Kruger, McCain, Pouhu, Reed,
Schlaterhaff, Smith x3, Soliai, Stangord, Sylvester and Weddle and Misi on
IR.I counted 14 Cougars and 19 Utes. Not quite 'twice as many'. With
Matt Reynolds and when Tahi signs (currently free agent) it might be even
WON84:"Honest question, when will Ute fans shift their
attention to the rival's message boards?"Probably when CU fans
start reading the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune....like cougar fans do."The fact that such a move hasn't changed Utah's recruiting
fortunes is really no reason to hate BYU though."The fact is,
the move to the Pac-12 HAS changed our recruiting fortunes. When have the Utes
ever had FIVE four-star recruits giving verbals? Not in our MWC days. Plus,
many recruits who HAVE signed with the Utes have stated our conference
affiliation factored into their decision-making process.The reasons
for my disdain for the cougars has already been asked and answered, and has
nothing to do with our superior recruiting class.
factcheck, glad you looked, thank you. The last time I had looked was early in
the season and my count was 21-12, I believe. There are also several Utes in
free agency and that were on practice squads this year (Asiata, Taplin-Ross,
Smithson, Cox off the top of my head, also didn't realize Maake Kemoeatu had
just retired). Regardless, Utah does have a distinct advantage in that
"The fact is, the move to the Pac-12 HAS changed our recruiting fortunes.
When have the Utes ever had FIVE four-star recruits giving verbals? Not in our
MWC days. Plus, many recruits who HAVE signed with the Utes have stated our
conference affiliation factored into their decision-making process.The reasons for my disdain for the cougars has already been asked and
answered, and has nothing to do with our superior recruiting class." According to Scout, the Utes have commits from two four star recruits
which is actually less than the four Utah had in their 2010 class. The 2009
class had one four star and one five star commit to note. In your
heart things may have changed but, on paper the numbers are the same.
WON84:"According to Scout, the Utes have commits from two four
star recruits which is actually less than the four Utah had in their 2010
class."Actually, the 2010 class showed Utah with FIVE 4-star
recruits; not FOUR. But even at that, Utah didn't get verbals from Dunn,
Cullen, or Ransom until 2 days AFTER LOI day. So, by THIS time 2 yrs ago, our
2010 class showed TWO 4-star recruits, which is pretty much equivalent to our
current station. Furthermore, Scout rated out 2010 class -- after signing day
-- as the 50th best class in the country. Currently, Scouts ranks us at #43.
Ergo, slight improvement there.But...as I had mentioned before, I
find Rivals to be the more accurate recruiting site. And, per Rivals, Utah's
2010 class had 32nd best class in the country, and inked FOUR 4-star recruits.
Currently, Utah's 2012 class is ranked #28, and holds FIVE verbals from 4-star
recruits. So again, slight improvement there. And, it's important to note that
4-star athletes like Langi, McGill, and York have all expressed Utah's Pac-12
membership played a part in their decision. [It also played into Benji
Kemoeatu's decision to transfer to the U...just as soon as he works out his
academic issues.] And THAT's just the 4-star recruits who have said that. So
that right there proves our membership HAS IN FACT aided in our recruiting
successes.So, in your heart, things may have stayed the same, but on
paper, the numbers changed for the better.
Naval Vet,Just curious, do you also follow Penn State football
nearly as much as you do Utah? If so, what is your opinion on Joe Paterno's
involvement and firing because of the Sandusky affair?
Whoa Nellie:I DO follow Penn State Football. In fact, I've had
season tickets since 2007. The 4-hr drive to State College is drag, but what
else am I going to do when the Utes aren't playing on the East coast?As for your inquiry, I LOVE Joe! My feeling is that he's been scapegoated
over the whole Jerry Sandusky scandal. And it IS a Sandusky scandal; not a
Paterno scandal. I feel Joe was fired for expediency purposes. Nobody outside
of the PSU community knows the name of the Athletic Director, the University
President, nor the members of his cabinet. Firing them wouldn't have made as
splashing of a national headline as would have the firing of the winningest
coach in all of college football. Firing Joe was PSU's "postured"
response to the nation to show that they will not tolerate abuse......despite
tolerating, then covering up the abuse.Sexual abuse is a horrible
plague on society. Covering up the scandal by PSU administrators is a horrible
stain on the university's athletic reputation. But Joe neither sexually abused
anyone, nor had he covered it up. Joe did the right thing by bringing this
allegation to his superiors. Note:(1) Joe did not actually see the
abuse. ...So what was he supposed to do? Go to the police and
accuse someone of a crime he did not witness? What if the accusation was wrong?
What if it was based on malice of an assistant coach with an ax to grind
against Sandusky? For the record, I don't think McQueary lied about what he
saw....but I wasn't there either; so I don't KNOW what he saw, or thought he
saw. If Joe DID go to the police, and Sandusky turned out to be innocent, that
could have put both Joe AND the university in a very actionable position.(2) Joe is a coach; not an HR manager, nor a sex-crimes investigator....But PSU has officials who ARE trained in managing these types of
issues. If I were in Joe's [not Mike McQueary's] shoes, I would have done the
same thing...bring the allegations to the attention of those who would/should
know how to address such a serious issue, with major ramifications.Like most PSU alumni, I am outraged over the way the University handled this
sexual abuse situation; but NOT at Paterno, nor his decision to report it to his
superiors rather commit some knee-jerk reaction by going straight to the police.
The alleged sexual abuse had ALREADY HAPPENED; it wasn't as though the abuse
was HAPPEN-ING, in the showers, at the VERY MOMENT it was being brought to
Paterno's attention.I hope that answered your question.
Thanks Naval vet. From what has been reported I agree with your assessment. The
whole thing is a sad affair.