At not-so-Happy Valley, there’s plenty of shame, soil and stain to go around. Legacies, legends and reputations ruined. Innocence forever gone.
If the past couple of days taught us anything, it was that Penn State football coach and campus deity Joe Paterno never did get it.
To the Paterno Apologist who has been so vocal in not only bashing me but also defending their hero, the disgraced gridiron professor, extolling Penn State’s higher calling, you may go home now. Don’t speak. Ever.
The report concluded that Joe Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”
The football program turned its back on society’s smallest and weakest because it would have impacted its financial coffers and overall power. That decision was morally bankrupt. Justice needs to be visited on the Penn State football team.
Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno defended his program’s integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of the report that could forever mar his legacy.
The team brought in by Penn State to investigate how the university handled molestation accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will release its highly anticipated report Thursday.
Joe Paterno, it turns out wasn’t Mr. Magoo, blind and banging into walls while peripheral elements ran the show behind his formerly beloved back. No, it turns out Jerry Sandusky got more help from his head coach than you thought.
The disconnect between Jerry Sandusky and what happened and, arguably, the disconnect between his lawyer, Joe Amendola, and what happened before and during the trial mark the end of an unmitigated disaster.
Never again can any head coach of an athletic program assume a role so big, a face so imposing as Paterno’s, that it steers the policies and actions of an entire university.
Unless we’ve been dreaming about the ghastly revelations that swallowed Penn State and Jerry Sandusky over the last seven months, he’s going to prison for the rest of his life. Which raises a few questions…
A psychologist who looked into a 1998 allegation against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky told police at the time that his behavior fit the profile of a likely pedophile.
What are we, as a nation and a species, knowing that we’re branding the handling of these crimes as merely a speed bump on the road to immortality? To recall Paterno sans Sandusky is like talking Nixon without Watergate. They are essential to each man’s legacy.
Jay Paterno leaned over his dying father, gave him a kiss, and whispered in his ear. “Dad, you won,” he said.
A simple two-word message flashed this week on the electronic signboard outside Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center: “Thanks JoePa.”