I was in State College for the game on Saturday, and I quietly observed the well-behaved but shell-shocked crowd…the feelings in Happy Valley just aren’t going to be swept under the rug anytime soon until a few things happen. Call them wishful thinking, but sometimes the answer is simple:
#1: Penn State University has GOT to somehow come to grips with Joe Paterno’s legacy.
You can’t erase 62 years of service by a guy who lived and breathed Penn State University, raised millions and millions of dollars for them, and basically challenged the board in 1986 to have an academic program that the football team could be proud of. Plus, I heard he was a pretty good football coach and won two National Championships.
Joe Paterno never covered up any instance of “child rape,” and if you still think that’s true you either cannot read or choose not to.
#2: The Board of Trustees – at least all of them that were there during the Sandusky fiasco last year – needs to do the right thing and resign. Now.
Sounds cliche, I know. But I have never in my lifetime seen a group of people that are supposedly educated behave with more ignorance. When your University is attacked you can either man-up or bend-over. They are a complete disgrace, and in case you missed it Lous Freeh made it a point to mention them in his goofy report that they accepted without review:
“Once the board was made aware of the investigations of Sandusky and the fact that senior University officials had testified before the Grand Jury in the investigations, it should have recognized the potential risk to the University community and to the University’s reputation. Instead, the Board, as a governing body, failed to inquire reasonably and to demand detailed information from Spanier. The Board’s overconfidence in Spanier’s abilities to deal with the crisis, and its complacent attitude left them unprepared to respond to the November 2011 criminal charges filed against two Penn State leaders and a former prominent coach. Finally, the Board’s subsequent removal of Paterno as head football coach was poorly handled, as were the Board’s communications with the public.”
Over the last several decades, Penn State has won 75% of its football games while at the same time graduating 85% of their players. And the NCAA has a problem with….? Fill in the blank. Every university with a football program would be lucky to have what Penn State had and the NCAA ripped apart. End of story.
The pig that is Jerry Sandusky fooled a lot of people over the years, that’s why people kept giving to his charity, the Governor gave him a few million even after he knew he was a pervert, and he was allowed to keep getting foster kids assigned to his home.
Ripping down Joe Paterno’s statue and then refusing to recognize his legacy before Saturday’s home opener was a disgrace to Penn Staters around the world. If there was ever a crowd that would have been receptive to it, it was Saturday, September 5th at Beaver Stadium. 100,000 fans waiting to hear this damn university do the right thing just one time in 10 months.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll keep saying it: there is something really strange going on here.
Way too many people seem to be more than willing to look the other way when it comes to Joe…including our slimy Governor. There is a power-struggle going on here that defies logic and needs to be revealed. Are there any real investigative journalists left out there?
I used to chuckle when friends told me, “Watch, they’re going to blame the dead guy.” Right. Like that would ever happen.
Never forget: the young woman who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Sandusky story wide open wrote this story just a day after the Grand Jury handed down its presentment:
Joe Paterno was fired a week later.