I’m a decades long PSU alumni and supported keeping Paterno during the years when the team experienced it’s first losing season and people were calling for his resignation. It pains me to say this but the whole lot of them, JoPa included, need to leave. Moral obligations of right and wrong should always prevail especially when dealing with a child’s welfare. How stupid does the administration and Paterno’s think we are that the first question that would come to mind is why was Sandusky not reported to the authorities at the onset. Yes Joe did do his legal obligation, but fell far short of his moral obligation. I have watched Paterno coach since he began as a head coach, use to see him in the halls of the Recreation Bldg. on campus when I was a student in the 70’s. The start of Joe’s career brought the University to the place it was before this criminal act became public and unfortunately the other bookend to the end of his career is that he will have played a part in destroying all that he was so much a part of building. What really is upsetting, besides the fact that this horrible, God-awful series of events happened is that it also leaves us alumni in the position that a few men had the power to take away the pride we always had in graduating from the University.
Will scandal affect Paterno's legacy?
AP college football writer Ralph Russo talks about how Penn State head coach Joe Paterno’s legacy might be hurt by the scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was charged with sexually abusing young boys. (Nov. 6)
Source: Washington Post
Joe Paterno Is Finished
As Jittery said earlier, the allegation of sexual abuse by this assistant coach occurred three years after he retired from coaching, and it was apparently the first time Joe Paterno was informed of any inappropriate behavior by his current or former staff. Now it may seem obvious to us after hearing stuff after the arrest that Joe Paterno should have informed the police, but at the time the allegations were being made about a former coach who had good standing withing the university and the community at large. If the coach were still on his staff, Joe Paterno most likely would have confronted him directly, but since he had retired three years earlier he couldn’t just go after they guy based on what was unfounded allegations at the time. Nevertheless, he did inform the AD about the allegation, and it was the AD’s job to investigate it further, including alerting the authorities. But either the AD either seriously dropped the ball or decided to cover the whole episode up. And if the assistant saw the alleged sexual abuse taking place, he should have contacted the police directly instead of going to Coach Paterno or the AD with the allegations.
Source: Business Insider
Hardly a day like any other for Penn State football team | Philadelphia …
“I can’t comment on what is going on with these allegations and scandal which has spread throughout the university,” he tweeted. “But I can promise this. We will continue to fight towards our goal, a Big 10 championship. You fans have been great by sticking with us all year, even though we havnt won pretty, we’ve gotten the job done.. this team does not stop fighting and I do not expect this dilema to alter our level of focus and accountability. Last home game of the year!! Lets do it.. lets welcome Nebraska to the Big 10 Happy Valley Style!!”
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Penn State gives Joe Paterno a record 409th victory
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — In bright white letters against a blue background, the electronic signboards around Beaver Stadium took note of another milestone for Joe Paterno long after the stands had cleared. “Congratulations Coach Paterno,” the signs read. “Winningest Coach in Division I College Football.” It took all 60 minutes on a snowy, sloppy Saturday in Happy Valley, but JoePa broke Eddie Robinson’s record with victory No. 409 as No. 21 Penn State defeated Illinois, 10-7. The Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) overcame six fumbles — losing two — with Silas Redd’s three-yard touchdown run with 1 minute 8 seconds to go. Penn State’s only touchdown came after Illinois corner Justin Green was whistled for pass interference while breaking up a fourth-down pass intended for Derek Moye in the end zone. Illinois (6-3, 2-3) drove from its 17 to the Penn State 25 on the next drive, but Derek Dimke’s 42-yard field goal attempt bounced off the right upright as time expired. Even JoePa was nervous in the press box before Penn State’s last drive. Paterno coached upstairs since he’s still got a sore right leg, shoulder and pelvis after an accidental preseason hit. “Did I have any doubts?” he asked rhetorically with a chuckle. “Sure I had doubts … but it worked out anyway.” In a common occurrence over his remarkable 46-year career, Paterno was feted again with a postgame ceremony. School President Graham Spanier and Athletic Director Tim Curley presented JoePa with a plaque that read “Joe Paterno. Educator of Men. Winningest Coach. Division One Football.” Among all coaches, Paterno now trails only John Gagliardi, still active at Division III St. John’s (Minn.) with 482 victories. “It really is something I’ve very proud of, to be associated with [Grambling's] Eddie Robinson,” Paterno said in a brief postgame ceremony in the media room broadcast to fans still waiting in the stands 10 minutes later. “Something like this means a lot to me, an awful lot. But there’s a lot of other people I’ve got to thank.” Start with Redd, the budding star who had a career-high 30 carries for 137 yards for Penn State, none bigger than his late TD run.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Latest From Penn State
HARRISBURG, Pa — A pair of high-ranking Penn State University officials were arraigned Monday on charges they lied to a grand jury and failed to properly report alleged child sexual abuse by former Nittany Lions assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, as officials asked others who may have been assaulted by Sandusky to come forward.