Paterno’s Ouster As Penn State’s Head Coach Drawing Mixed Reaction From Across The Tri-State

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The ouster of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has got folks across talking across the Tri-state area.

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Paterno and Penn State University president Graham Spanier were fired late Wednesday night by the school’s board of trustees amid the growing furor over how the school handled child sex abuse allegations against Paterno’s former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Paterno said he was fired over the phone.

In a statement, Paterno said “I am disappointed with the board of trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property and all that we value.”

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Comments have been pouring in to the CBS New York Facebook page since Paterno’s dismissal was announced and reactions have been mixed.

“They didn’t want him to ‘retire,'” Violet Collura posted. “They wanted him fired in disgrace.”

“Thank you Penn State Trustees for showing that character is worth more than bowl money,” posted Christina Walsh.

“Children are more important than football. Period,” Laurie McDowell Newsome posted.

“What ever happen to innocent til proven otherwise,” asked Bruce Tsukroff in his post.

Many students at Penn State were shocked and angry over the board’s decision to fire the winningest coach in major college football.

Thousands of students poured into the streets in protest shouting, “We want Joe back!” and “One more game!’

Some overturned a news van, smashed car windshields, toppled a lamppost and even threw rocks at cops, witnesses said.

Riot police eventually used tear gas to disperse the crowd around 2 a.m.

About 100 students also gathered outside Paterno’s house. His wife, Sue, blew kisses and spoke to the crowd.

“You’re all so sweet. And I guess we have to go beat Nebraska without being there,” she said teary-eyed. “We love you all. Go Penn State.”

Paterno also spoke outside his home late Wednesday night. “Right now, I’m not the football coach. And I’ve got to get used to that,” he said. “After 61 years, I’ve got to get used to it.”

Earlier in the day, Paterno had announced he was going to retire at the end of the season.

“The university is much larger than its athletic teams,” board vice chair John Surma said during Wednesday night’s news conference. “The past several days have been absolutely terrible for the entire Penn State community. But the outrage that we feel is nothing compared to the physical and psychological suffering that allegedly took place.”

Asked what the 84-year-old Paterno did wrong, Surma said: “I can’t characterize that. We thought because of the difficulties that have engulfed our university, it was necessary to make changes.”

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach while Rodney Erickson will be the interim school president.

Paterno has come under harsh criticism, including from within the community known as Happy Valley, for not taking more action in 2002 after then-graduate assistant and current assistant coach Mike McQueary came to him and reported seeing Sandusky in the Penn State showers with a 10-year-old boy. Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary Schultz.

Sandusky has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting eight young boys over a 15-year period.

Paterno is not a target of the criminal investigation, although Curley and Schultz have been charged with failing to report the incident to the authorities.

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  • Natalie


    If your son, nephew, brother, cousin was one of the boys who was abused by Sandusky WOULD YOU be satisfied with Joe Paterno’s actions back then?

    Would you have wanted him to have dome more?

    Would you agree or disagree with the college’s action of firing Paterno?

  • Jess

    Also, let us NOT forget what, or rather WHO is most important here…. THE VICTIMS of these heinous crimes.

  • Jess

    I find such irony in how people have posted about the wrong doing McQueary did & how he should be fired or prosecuted. Yet, these people don’t believe JoePa did anything wrong. Ironic that people have written about ‘due process’ & ‘innocent until proven guilty” regarding what is being reported about Joe’s knowledge & actions in the case & yet these people don’t say the same with regards to the reports about McQueary or even Sandusky.

    Is that b/c he IS JoePa? I BELIEVE SO. NOT a good enough reason, people.

    Should McQueary have stopped what he saw? “Yes.” But did he just forget about what he saw & continue on like nothing happened? NO. NO, HE DIDN’T. He went to JoePa, his higher-up & reported it. He did tell someone.

    Then Joe reported it to his bosses. Do I think he should have gone to the actual police & not the campus police, as well? ABSOLUTELY.

    There is failure on both their parts (not to mention so many others) to do right by the then 10 year old & the others & that is what should be of upmost importance.

    I do wonder how can you as a human being NOT be concerned or even wonder what was being done by authorities by not following up after realizing nothing seemed to be being done.

  • patrezzi

    It’s not unlikely that you’re looking at the tip of the iceberg here. Do you honestly think all that has been there to learn has been learned? It’s also not unlikely that Schultz and Curly are going to start turning on each other and those who are above them including Coach Paterno. It’s also not unlikely that Coach Paterno knew about the 1998 troubles which if it is the case, will be horribly damming.

  • andy

    I would love to know what really happened when Paterno “reported” the incidence to the AD at Penn State. Did he insist that justice be served? I doubt it, because Paterno had enough clout to make that happen if he wanted. My guess is that he used the meeting to do 2 things — first, to inform the AD about what happened; and second, to strategize about how to protect his friend and limit the fallout to his friend and the university. I suspect he wasn’t think that much about the children. In my view, he deserved to be fired.

    • patrezzi

      More than that, what I wonder about is who knew in 1998 why Sandusky left so abruptly. If there’s a record that the police contacted Joe Paterno about this then he would have known about Sandusky’s perversions years before he did. I assume the senior executives will be falling all over themselves to testify against the school president and Coach Paterno when they are facing long jail terms.

  • gerry monfort

    i think there just might be a connection between covering this thing up at penn st and there wanting to get into the big ten ,i dont know the exact dates,maybe someone out there can research this,lets face its always about the money

  • Bob M

    Grand Jury charges are not the facts in the case that will determine criminal guilt, Facts are determined by either a jury or a judge. They look at all the evidence and get to see the defendants on the witness stand to help them to determine what the truth is. I think that a lot of the people defending Joe would like to wait for all the facts to come out before passing judgment. Not to mention that you cannot dismiss the impact of all of the good he has done over his long career, All of the moralizing going on in the media strikes me as a desire for instant punishment, to seek revenge for these alleged crimes. In our country justice does not work that way. Revenge will not help those harmed, nor will it prevent this type of behavior from happening in the future. Trying Joe in the media before all of the facts come out needlessly hurts his family and friends. What Pennsylvania needs to do is pass a strong new law to protect whistle blowers from losing their jobs if they were to report criminal behavior committed by their superiors. There were several people in this case (a janitor witness, McCreary?) that could have acted if they did not fear such retribution.

  • pete

    From now on it will be PEDO-PENN State. How is that for a new name, honestly deserved?

    • Doc

      Or just Pedo-State

  • pete

    This was a clique of pedophiles, some Under Cover, some like Sandusky right in the open. McQueary also was NOT an innocent bystander. If you see a grown man assaulting a little boy, you help the kid immediately, and not tell it to the mountain. These bums are criminals, all of them, and they should not only get fired and lose all benefits, but they also should get locked up for a long time. It does not matter anymore how many games that Paterno character won a game because he destroyed the reputation of Penn State for many years to come.

    • Doc

      You PSU students defending Paterno are morons. Your arguments lack logic and fact.

      Stop blindly commenting that “we don’t hv the facts” or Paterno deserves “due process”. Now you lot have become constitutionalists all of a sudden lol. This is not a question of Paterno’s legal guilt idiots (which could still come about if he is charged with perjury as the evidence unfolds down the road). It’s a question of MORAL GUILT and there’s more than enough FACT (not speculation or conjecture) to convict him. So stop trying to hide under the veil of “due process” as a defense. It doesn’t apply.

      The FACT as SWORN by Paterno under GRAND JURY TESTIMONY is that he was told of (and I quote) “Jerry Sandusky in the Lasch Building Showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young to a young boy”

      The second FACT is that Paterno never went to the police. Neither at the time he learned of it nor in the 9 YEARS following, thus not stopping Sandusky and allowing him to rape more children.

      These are FACTS and therefore Paterno (as are Curley, Schulz, and McQueary) is overwhelmingly MORALLY GUILTY. Period. End of story. They failed those kids. Stop being selfish and blind. If that was YOUR 10 yr old boy who was raped you would be outraged and devastated knowing that if he had done what almost any decent human would have, namely go to the police, that your child could have been saved. Or would u be satisfied and accept it? I dare any of u to say you’d accept it if it was your child!!!!

      • Jerry

        You fail to mention what the dialogue between Joe and his superiorsmight have been .
        If they took the information and told Joe they would take it from there.
        Joe would have to yield in protocol. At that point it was third party information,very risky of Joe to go further over their heads.If untrue ???
        Guess what???
        In hindsight Joe admits he should have gone further.
        Hindsight my shortsighted friend.
        Due process of course.
        I hope Joe owns Penn State along with the violated kids!

  • truthhurts

    A response to the people who called for Joe’s head…. I totally agree with the writer. The ones who should be punished for this Sandusky (should experience a slow and painful death), Schultz, McQuery, and Spanier. There is a reason why Joe is not charged with a crime because he did tell the authorities (head of campus police) Which is like telling Ray Kelly of the NYPD. The school is guilty of a cover up but Joe is guilty of being a perfect scape goat. There is a reason students targeted a news van, because the media loves twisting a story…..

    Andrew Rentschler
    In defense of Joe Paterno: I’m not going to defend him because of all the amazing things he’s done over the course of his career. That would be like giving him an excuse to do something bad now. He wouldn’t have it that way. The reality of the current situation is that Joe DID do the right thing in every ethical, moral, and legal sense. He took a second hand allegation that he got 12 hours after an alleged rape and moved quickly to follow State and University protocol by reporting that to his boss. Beyond that, he took the extra effort to make sure that Gary Schultz was alerted of the situation. Why is this so important? Because Schultz oversees campus police, a 250 officer operation with its own investigative and enforcement powers that are on the same level as the Pennsylvania State police.

    So for all you who keep hearing that Joe didn’t tell police… it’s a lie. remember that. Repeat that everywhere. The media doesn’t want you to know that because it doesn’t fit their beautiful narrative of Penn State pride before the fall.

    It was up to Schultz to investigate this crime. JoePa has no purview in this arena. Schultz has the powers of a medium sized city’s police commissioner. and he did nothing. He neglected to even question Sandusky. He neglected to attempt to locate the victim (who still has not been identified 9 years later). He even refused to restrict Sandusky’s access to campus buildings — the minimum that could have been achieved. None of these decisions were Joe Paterno’s decisions. They all rested in the office of the de facto commissioner of campus police.

    Now you can ask all sorts of questions about why Schultz did this. was he covering for a friend? Was he instructed to do so by someone else? I’m not sure why he did it. But he did it. And the fact of the matter is that if joe wanted to execute a cover-up, he would have never gone to Curley and Schultz in the first place. It makes no sense otherwise. so this all rests on Schultz. furthermore, Schultz took the step to talk to president Spanier, who agreed that there was nothing worth investigating on a criminal level, so the book was closed.

    At this point in the story, there’s only one good guy and a whole lot of bad guys. and that good guy is Joepa.

    Some people are asking why Joe didn’t do more to follow up on this after the fact. The bottom line is that he had no idea if talking to Sandusky or confronting him would threaten an ongoing investigation. So he stayed quiet and moved on with life. When after several months nothing was found regarding Sandusky, what was Joe to do? Decide to be insubordinate and go above the president of the university’s head? Call the FBI? Put on a batman suit and seek vigilante justice in the dark of night? What if he went after Sandusky himself and it was found that there was no crime, there was no string of rapes? Do you think Joe would have done the right thing then? How would he have been able to see that?

    People have decided to victimize Joepa in this case, and doing so is a moral crime much worse than anything Joe himself committed. After all, the media’s rush to blame Joe for this sets an awful moral hazard. What is the point of doing the right thing if you get punished for it anyway? Why should those like Spanier, who sits by silently, let Joe — the football coach — take the heat for a massive institutional failure? It’s cowardly to blame Joe for this, yet that’s all we are seeing in the media and in water cooler talk across the country.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that of all the people who had information that could have led to Sandusky’s exposure in the last 15 years, Joe Paterno is the ONLY one who did the right thing with it. Mcquery cowered. Schultz ducked. Curley played the stooge. Spanier gave all the milquetoast solutions the rubber stamp. Second Mile continued to enable Sandusky. Ray Gricar, the DA for centre county, refused to call a grand jury based on allegations in 1998. Campus police refused to arrest Sandusky after the 1998 incident too. A janitor who supposedly saw something happen in 2000 didn’t announce it until the grand jury trial, 10 years later. Even some of the mothers sat on information for the better part of a decade! Only Joe took information that could have incriminated Sandusky and handed it over the authorities. Only Joe. Don’t forget that.

    Just please remember: Do not defend Joe with an asterisk. Do not defend him half-heartedly. Do not give in to the mob. Joe did the right thing in all of this, both legally and morally. defend him in full voice, and defend him forever.

    • Brian

      Morally? If nothing was done by campus police, he should have went to someone else,. Everyone involved, including Paterno, is culpable. The right thing to do is to make sure a pedophile doesnt run free, how can you live with yourself if you hand the evidence over to the authority and nothing is done. I believe Joe was a good man, cared about his players and his school, but doing the minimum is not enough. Joe Paterno was Penn State, If he demanded it, it would have been done.

    • TruthHurtsIsAnIdiot

      You’re an idiot. Sit in the corner and let the adults handle this……..

    • Jerry

      Bravo,no doubt our thoughts will be held up in court!
      Joe will own Penn St

  • Ted

    A terrible thing happened at Penn State and too many people knew and covered it up. To add more disgrace to the school, the students are rioting and protesting in support of this coach. It speaks leaps and bounds about the moral fiber of our nation and what we are becoming. the entire board, not just the president and coach should be sacked – along with the football program. College is supposed to be about education – not sports and certainly not what was going on here.

  • Richard Po'o

    How could someone witness the rape of a 10 year old and not do something right then and there? There is no amount of punishment that can rectify such inhuman callus-ness. Why isn’t McQueary having his punk-a** feet put deeper in the fire? I hope that this leaves everyone who could have done something, unto 7 generations, in abject poverty. The entire sports program should be banned for 50 years so that no school ever thinks that sports, in any form, trumps the safety of children!

  • Ron Amar

    Thoughts from a Penn State Alum:

    Ok, I have many mixed emotions about what’s happening at Penn State right now. So, here’s what I think…..for whatever it’s worth.

    The actions of our beloved president, coach, and athletic director have shaken our program to the core and have threatened our faith in humanity.

    We’re shocked that someone we idolized could have done something so stupid, so selfish, so infuriatingly contradictory to the values they spent decades promoting. To watch someone you admire, who did more good in a week than most of us do in our entire lifetimes get publicly shamed, and forced out under a cover of darkness is hard to take. To see a legacy irrevocably stained and treasured accomplishments tarnished. To have one person’s mistakes drag our university’s good name through the mud. To be labeled an accomplice to the crime by virtue of our fan allegiances, is horrible.

    As I was driving to work this morning, I heard one of our own call in to a radio show and explain that he didn’t know how he was going to unapologetically put on the Blue and White and sing “Fight On, State” this Saturday. He’s not the only one to express that sentiment.

    This is what I want to say to you. We are not Joe Paterno. We are not Tim Curley. We are not Gary Schultz. We are not Graham Spanier, and We are sure as hell not Jerry Sandusky.

    We are…….PENN STATE!

    Their alleged sins are not our own. They may be the most recognizable faces of our beloved program, but they are not Penn State. They are not a 156 year old center of higher learning. They are not a century of football tradition. Their flaws cannot eclipse the innumerable scientific, artistic, and humanitarian contributions our university, and its 44,000 students and 570,000 living alumni have made and will continue to make to the world at large.

    The spirit of a program, of a university, and of a state is so much bigger than any one person.

    So do yourself a favor, and stop thinking about Joe Paterno. No amount of discussion can change what happened, and his bed is made for better or worse. Recognize that only time can tell how he will be remembered. (For what it’s worth, I hope beyond hope that the facts turn out favorably for him.) Say a prayer for the children, and on Saturday, put on your Silas Redd jersey, brave the cold, and cheer your ass off for our team.

    Not because you support the coaches, because you support the men on the field. Not because you endorse the administration, because you believe in the University as a collective whole.

    Penn State University has always been (and will always be) about one thing and one thing only: making life better.

    It’s not just a motto, it’s a mission. And we’re still a part of that.

    Fight on State!

    • PedaState4Ever

      Dude. It’s just a school. Get on with your life…And if you see a child being sexually assaulted, don’t wa;lk away and “report” it. STOP it right then and there..

  • NickReno

    MvQueary should of saved the boy first! Then kicked the old man’s ass, then call the police to pick up what ever was left of him. Then walk into Paterno’s office and tell him that “they are all sicko’s and to keep thier coaching job”. Then Mr. Mc Queary should have blown the whistle to the world. Instead no one brings up the point why didn’t a 28 year old man stop the attack?

  • Isabel Martel

    Not only is Sandusky not worthy of being called a human being but McQuery should also pay the ultimate for standing there watching then walking away leaving that child there. If he didn’t want to step up like a real man would’ve done he could’ve made some type of noise, something. How does he sleep. GET RID OF HIM TOOOOOO!

  • GFC

    What happened to “due process” for Joe Paterno are we now guilty until proven innocent? Does public opinion now rule?

    • susan

      because we have to protect children, Joe has more power then anyone in that school, he should have told more, went public, he could have prevented more from being abused. he knew who he told , that the news went nowhere, he knew it was being kept quiet, and thats a disgrace

  • Ellen

    This reminds me of the 2002 Catholic Church sex scandal where Cardinal Law was forced to retire from the Archdiocese of Boston. Same thing here, and Paterno is in the same boat and should have been fired for ignoring a child being sexually abused. No excuse, no excuse what so ever.

  • Mark

    Why did Penn State extend Paterno’s contract in 2004 when the wanted him to resign?

  • mickey

    Sagursky was accused in 98….retired in 99…but cleared by the district attorney of any wrong doing.In 2002 McQuery gives Joe Pa a vague account of what happened. Joe Pa takes this to his superiors as required by law.McQuery and Curley discuss the matter Joe Pa is not present.(probably to discuss his advancement for keeping quiet.) Sagursky is now banned from bringing kids to Penn State. If Sagursky was banned from bringing kids to PS how did he get on campus in 07. JoePa is a teacher and football coach not campus security. He’s trying to win a national championship and these people want him at the security gate. What a joke . McQuery was a 28 year old witness to a child rape and told his boss he saw inappropriate behavior!!!!!! Please people see JoePa for what he is a life long (60 year )teacher ,coach and father who did all the right things and got crucified for it by the media.

    • Brian

      A man who turned a blind eye to a disgusting crime? It is required by law that you report the crime to the authorities, not have a talk with your boss. Sandusky raping a boy in a shower is not a vague account of what happened. I will always remember what he is a football coach that thought his “legacy” was more important than the welfare of children. What if it was his kid, would he have turned a blind eye?

  • Donuts

    I read the grand jury report…this is all criminal…Joe P is guilty as hell for turning a blind eye…and Sandusky’s wife should be charged also…no way she didnt know what was going on in that basement all those years. Sick Bitch!



  • Rodin

    Kudos! The Vatican could learn a thing or two from Penn State’s Board of Trustees.

    “Like the Roman Catholic Church, Penn State is an arrogant institution hiding behind its mystique. And sports, as my former fellow sports columnist at The Washington Star, David Israel, says, is ‘an insular world that protects its own, and operates outside of societal norms….'”
    – Maureen Dowd
    Personal Foul at Penn State
    The New York Times
    November 8, 2011

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Mr. Paterno was known to visit the showers after the games to slap a few soppy asses of his players and watch gay porn instead of the game films.They should all rot in hell

  • Tom

    How come the adult McQueary )who said he witnessed an actual rape is working for the team and remains when the Coach was fired?

    • Ziggy

      He witnessed it when he was a graduate assistant.

      • Ziggy

        According to the Grand Jury Report, he was 28 at the time, and he properly used this incident to help him get his current job.

        • Brian

          And he was able to go to bed at night?

    • mdinny

      MvQueary did exactly what he was supposed to: he reported the incident to the person in charge. The person in charge (Paterno) chose not to call authorities though he should have.

      • mickey

        when you witness a brutal butt rape of a 10 year old you go the the cops period end of story.

        • Brian

          and if someone tells you about it you go to your Athletic Director? I am confused? I think i would go to the cops.

      • Brian

        he should have stopped it, not reported it.

  • Ziggy

    This is another case of someone hanging on too long; he should have stepped down and retire many years ago and he would have been worshipped.

    Because he stayed too long, his human deficiencies have come out and he leaves and will die in disgrace.

  • Robert Poda

    I am not shocked at the outcome. I am surprised as to the crass way it was done. With only a month left to the season, he should have been kept. After 46 years at the helm, to inform him at such an impersonal level – by telephone was not the way to end such an illustrious career.

    • Brian

      He doesn’t deserve to represent the school at all. Sandusky started with Penn State in the 60’s…and started a childrens charity in 1977, making it easy for him to have access to his victims…This is pretty far back, i don’t think its such an illustrious career.

      • mickey

        2 national titles,5 undefeated seasons, more bowl wins than anybody! and he worked with Sagursky for 30 years and still had the courage to inform the AD of something he didnt even witness. Look at your career I doubt it comes close.

        • MickeyTheDope

          sounds like you want to shower with Joe Pa…..You dope

        • Brian

          I never let a pedophile run free around my campus. The athletic director is not the authority he should be reporting to. You have confused courage with pride and arrogance.

          • mickey

            then why is the AD charged with a felony? (answer:because the AD is Joe”s boss and he covered it up.)in the world in case your not down here on earth the ranking goes AD then coach then coahes assistant.

            • mickeylovesrapists

              Defending people who are aware of a child being raped and doing nothing? WTF?

            • Brian

              I understand the ranking…I dont go to my superior at work if i hear about someone raping a boy. His superior in this case was the Pennsylvania State Police. So if you ever see any boy being raped or are told about a boy being raped please call 911, then call your boss if you think its necessary.

  • Mari

    The fact that they put the reputation of the school above the safety of children speaks volume. How can someone OBSERVE a child being sodomized and then WALK AWAY? I just can’t wrap my head around it….and for all those protesting the decision of firing them – WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING!!??!!! Paterno should have defended those who couldn’t defend themselves…those who TRUSTED him and he did NOTHING to protect them. He deserves to be fired and deserves to live with the guilt and the shame!

    • HR

      He did NOT witness anything, he was told about it third hand. He notified people in authority, it was there failing, not Joes to tell authorities. It is a horrible series of events, but he did nt have anything except a report. Had he witnessed it, he would have most certainly ensured it was reported to the authorities. Joe Paterno is a man of charcter and a coach who always put the kids and their academics first, university second, then his own family. He is a class act not a crimnal or someone who looked the other way as many have ascerted.

      • propmgr34

        No. Joe was the person in charge when he was told, and he did have every obligation to call authorities.

        • mickey

          the AD is called Athletic Director because he is in charge.. Not Joe thats why he’s not charged with a crime and the AD is in jail….banana

          • Brian

            I have said this several times…AD is not Police. Joe Paterno ran that school I doubt he went to the AD for much of anything.

  • A

    A society unwilling or unable to protect it own children from predators deserves to become extinct. Sounds harsh but true. Children are the future. Without healthy strong children growing into caring loving adults we’re finished.

    • LiberalsRDopes

      You’re right, since there is only seven, billion of us…..Leave the room please

  • Ziggy

    He is 84 and will die with this scandal over him and massive civil lawsuits against him, his estate and other members of the university.

    How many ruin lives have his actions and inactions caused?

    His son should also lose his job with the university.

    • Brian

      Unless you can prove his son knew anything, he shouldn’t be punished for his fathers actions.

      • Ziggy

        If he is a man of honor, he will resign, othewise, the new univerisity president will get rid of him as part of the necessary mass cleaning in the university.

  • Vik

    The Board got it right. And will continue to get it right if they find out others knew but did nothing. ‘nuf said.

  • Vik

    Hope Paterno, Sandusky and any other sick p.o.s. who did, or knew but did nothing hope you all rot in hell. God save those children or now adults and help them heal. As for those whiny, hick students stomping their feet on the street, you all haven’t learned a danged thing in your short worthless time on this earth.

    • Rodin

      Let’s not commend those children to ‘God’ for far worse than Mr. Paterno is “God’s representative on Earth,” aka the Pope.

      Good without gØds.

  • CT Native

    No excuse for turning a blind eye. What’s more important, college football or the welfare of minors?

  • Surfin Bird

    He has wrongfully been fired and he needs to sue the school

    • Brian

      For what? Letting a serial pedophile be free is pretty much grounds for firing, and possibly some jail time. Last time i checked you dont go to your Athletic Director when a terrible crime has been committed.

      • Surfin Bird

        Maybe Mr. Paterno is also a victim.

        • Brian

          Of Arrogance? Of Pride? of what?

    • SokrMom

      A judge would not only throw out such a lawsuit immediately, but make Paterno pay the University’s litigation costs. Paterno could have left with honor had he chosen to do the right thing nine years ago. He would even have won praise for turning Sandusky in. But he chose to protect the football program, not the boys Sandusky had already attacked and the others he attacked later. You sound like one of the boneheaded Penn State students who demonstrated last night. While the University has regained my respect by firing Paterno and its president, I can’t say that it says much for the quality of the students that they are more interested in football than in justice for the victims of a rapist.

  • Mari

    I am unsure whether or not Paterno was still working with Sandusky after he reported the incident? If he did and he still saw the guy working there, then yes, fire his ass. Don’t turn a blind eye once you figured you did your part.

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