- Jerry Sandusky allegedly did something so horrible and unconscionable, that the allegations alone are enough to make you angry.
- Sandusky's cronies covered up the aforementioned child sexual abuse.
- 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.
- Joe Paterno's career will end in scandal, when his only offense was a lack of follow-up.
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.