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.