Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:16 pm

Penn State: Just Start Over Already

We hear more and more today about the ugly acts committed by Jerry Sandusky, and the equally ugly cover up by Penn State officials.  It's sad that money and self interest came before moreality and common decency and common sense.  It's even sadder to say, but it should not be in anyone's hands other than the Penn State Board of Trustees whether people stay or go.  Yes, that includes Joe Paterno.

As I noted yesterday, it's sad to hear about him being lumped in with a child molester.  He doesn't deserve that.  It's sad to lump him in with the higher level officials who were supposed to handle things and didn't.  He is among those guys.  It's sad but true that he let it go.  He stood by.  he actively participated in doing nothing. He didn't commit the act, and he didn't behave like the diseased scum who pull out their cell phones and film acts of violence, but he stood by nevertheless.

Joe Paterno doesn't deserve hate, but he does deserve our disappointment.  He had a chance to do the right thing, to be the stand up guy, and he took a pass (no pun intended).  He doesn't deserve the right to pick his exit startegy, and he shouldn't get to retire in honor.  He should leave carrying the sorrow and disappointment of an entire nation.  This is not football's loss.  This is bigger than football.  Bigger than sports.  Bigger than a university.  It's society's loss when children suffer, and people in positions to prevent the suffering stand idly on the sidelines.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 6:03 pm

Sad End to a Storied Career: Bye, Joe Paterno

There are many reasons to be angry about the recent Penn State scandal:
  1. Jerry Sandusky allegedly did something so horrible and unconscionable, that the allegations alone are enough to make you angry.
  2. Sandusky's cronies covered up the aforementioned child sexual abuse.
  3. Joe Paterno's noble effort to report an offense fell on deaf ears or was presented to people who had their own agenda that did not include basic human decency.
  4. Joe Paterno's career will end in scandal, when his only offense was a lack of follow-up.
True, he should have checked to make sure that his concerns were being addressed.  True, he relied too heavily on university officials when experience should have taught him that some people - when dealing with millions of dollars - will not do the right thing or the moral thing.

However, Paterno is being lumped in with people who had the access to facts and had the power to act where Paterno could not.  Having dealt in similar situations in corporate America, I can tell you that execs become very territorial, and the lawyers swoop in and say, "We'll handle it from here. Your work is done.  Don't ask any more about it or talk to anyone about it."  I'm not saying that Paterno couldn't have done more.  I'm only saying that he may have been disuaded from doing more, and may have even been told that it was being handled.  We don't know.  Paterno's not talking, and that's typical for him.

It's a real shame that a guy who's known for his decency should go down with people who - if the stories are true - are completely removed from even the concept of decency.  It's truly sad.

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