Originally published November 9, 2011 at 09:19p.m., updated November 10, 2011 at 12:51a.m.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno fired

University president also ousted as child sex scandal consumes Penn State leaders


— Joe Paterno was fired by the Penn State board of trustees Wednesday night despite saying he would retire as coach after the football season ended, brought down by the growing furor over the handling of child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

Penn State President Graham Spanier was also ousted.

“I am disappointed with the board of trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it,” the 84-year-old Paterno said in a statement. “A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed.”

Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, learned of the board’s decision at the end of a day that began with his decision to finish out his 46th season and leave.

It was not to be.

“The university is much larger than its athletic teams,” board vice chair John Surma said during a packed news conference.

Paterno and Spanier were informed by telephone of the unanimous decisions to remove them.

“We were unable to find a way to do that in person without causing further distraction,” Surma said.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach while Rodney Erickson will be the interim school president. The university scheduled a news conference with Bradley for this morning.

“The Penn State board of trustees tonight decided it is in the best interest of the university to have a change in leadership to deal with the difficult issues that we are facing,” Surma said.

“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 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.”

Speaking outside his home, Paterno said: “Right now, I'm not the football coach. And I’ve got to get used to that. After 61 years, I’ve got to get used to it. I appreciate it. Let me think it through.”

His wife, Sue, was teary-eyed as she blew kisses to about 100 students on the lawn. “You’re all so sweet. And I guess we have to go beat Nebraska without being there. We love you all. Go Penn State,” she said.

Paterno said in a statement earlier Wednesday that he was “absolutely devastated” by theabuse case, in which his former assistant and onetime heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, with some of the alleged assaults taking place at the Penn State football complex.

“This is a tragedy,” Paterno said. “It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

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 young boy. Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary Schultz.

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.

Hundreds of students gathered about two blocks from the campus, with some chanting “We want Joe! We want Joe!” Some shook a lamp post and others tipped over a news van, kicking out its windows. Police fired bursts of pepper gas.

The firings came three days before Penn State hosts Nebraska in its final home game of the season, a day usually set aside to honor seniors on the team.

The ouster of the man affectionately known as “JoePa” brings to an end one of the most storied coaching careers — not just in college football but in all of sports. Paterno has 409 victories — a record for major college football — won two national titles and guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons. He reached 300 wins faster than any other coach.

Penn State is 8-1 this year, with its only loss to powerhouse Alabama. The Nittany Lions are No. 12 in The Associated Press poll.

After 19th-ranked Nebraska, Penn State plays at Ohio State and at No. 16 Wisconsin, both Big Ten rivals. It has a chance to play in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis, with a Rose Bowl bid on the line.

The board had already said it would appoint a committee to investigate the “circumstances” that resulted in the indictment of Sandusky, and of Curley and Schultz.

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Education said it has launched an investigation into whether Penn State failed to report incidents of sexual abuse on campus, as required by federal law.

Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in June 1999, maintained his innocence through his lawyer. Curley has taken a leave of absence and Schultz has decided to step down. They also say they are innocent.

The committee will be appointed Friday at the board’s regular meeting, which Gov. Tom Corbett said he plans to attend, and will examine “what failures occurred and who is responsible and what measures are necessary to ensure” similar mistakes aren’t made in the future.

Surma said McQueary would retain his job for now.

Sandusky founded The Second Mile charity in 1977, working with at-risk youths. It now raises and spends several million dollars each year for its programs.

“I am disappointed with the board of trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it,” Paterno said in a statement. “A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed.”


RockCaCO3 10 years, 6 months ago

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Shawn Marshbanks 10 years, 6 months ago

Sad to see this happen but they needed to do whats best for the University.

crimsonlaugh 10 years, 6 months ago

No, they needed to do what was right. They were doing what was "best" for the University and more specifically, the sports program before this week by ignoring it. But that wasn't the right thing to do.

This whole thing is horribly tragic.

Steve Brown 10 years, 6 months ago

Crimson I get your point yet Cooldude is sort of correct in that the whole issue is now into legal action for mega bucks and the attorneys now in charge protecting PSU likely speaking to calmer heads that ol' Joe needs fired and banned from future games, if they keep him or even keep him around the stadium it hurts their cause in settlements.

PSU must demonstrate a clear black and white action to not coddle child abusers nor those that didn't stop the abuse including Joey.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

OR they could have demonstrated the RIGHT behavior from the beginning and called the police the minute they discovered a CHILD RAPIST in their midst.

If they are doing this simply to protect the University in upcoming lawsuits, then they are morally bankrupt, awful excuses for human beings.

This should absolutely not be about money. If doing the RIGHT THING well after the fact helps them limit their potential losses in any civil action, then it's just a byproduct of doing what they are morally obligated to do. It's time to start acting like human beings instead of foot shoulder robots protecting the bottom line of their business.

kesmithstl1 10 years, 6 months ago

how is the assistant who walked in on the act still employed? Bottom line is there are no winners tonight!

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 6 months ago

Made it three lines into the grand jury report before I felt like throwing up. With the things that Joe and others knew went on I'm pretty sure being fired is the best thing that could of happened to him or the university president.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Agreed, man...

I mean seriously...he knew it was going on and yet he kept the guy around? Wow, that's a shame and will be a black mark on this man's legacy for years to come.

OKHawkFan 10 years, 6 months ago

OK to disrespect a person by adding body fluids to there hamburger. Stealing chinese food from a restaurant is OK. Hurting innocent children not ok. Aphers glad to see you have somewhat of a conscience there is hope for you yet.

frank mcguinness 10 years, 6 months ago

+1 No Human including Bobby Bowden thinks this is a laughing matter.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 6 months ago

I disagree. It's a "witch-hunt" when you have no one to blame and you invent one. There is a direct link to Paterno through his knowledge and inaction on this case. He knew Sandusky was indecent with children as Sandusky wasn't allowed to bring them around any more.

Not a witch hunt at all. They knew he would retire around the corner anyway and aren't looking for an excuse to run him out the door. Do you think PSU would go out of its way to destroy their greatest ambassador? I'm sure they were very torn and sad that they had to do it.

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

Witch hunt you say. Paterno was told by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary (a former Penn State quarterback and current assistant coach) that McQueary had walked in on Sandusky anally raping a boy of about 10 years old in the shower of the Penn State locker room. After reporting the incident to Paterno, a series of meetings between McQueary, Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz occurred, the ultimate result of which was that Sandusky's keys to the locker room were taken away, he was barred from bringing young children to campus, and the charity that Sandusky founded was supposedly made aware of the situation.

Read that again. After an eye witness caught him anally raping a child, Sandusky had his keys taken away. Since then, rather than rotting in prison, Sandusky has had nearly unfettered access to the Penn State facilities, maintained an office on campus, and attended practice as a friend of the program. One time in 2007, he even brought a little boy to practice with him. Of course, nothing was done about it.

And you say Paterno is the victim of a witch hunt? Nonsense.

jgkojak 10 years, 6 months ago

Yes, and note the guy reporting this to Paterno isn't some "grad assistant" - its Paterno's former Quarterback, a guy Paterno has had a long-term trusting relationship with - whom Paterno should believe absolutely is credible.

So... 1) Paterno let the guy continue to have access to facilities and bring kids to games, etc

2) McQuery didn't immediately RESIGN when nothing was done about these reports.

3) The entire thing was covered up.

They should all be ashamed, and I really believe there is even more to this story.

babyjay1 10 years, 6 months ago

Are you kidding? Witch hunt?? They ALL need to be charged for failure to report. They work for a university and with children and should fall under mandatory reporting laws. At least 10 children were grossly violated and all of them, Paterno included, knew about it. They let it continue by not calling PD and allowed that man access to children by not reporting. Paterno was as much in the wrong as anyone... This is all disgusting and no one should feel sorry for anyone except those young men who were violated as young boys!

babyjay1 10 years, 6 months ago

No... You are absolutely wrong on this! He has allowed a child molester access to the football program and KNEW a child molester was running a program in which he worked with young boys. He turned a blind eye and because of that, the abuse went on and more young boys were damaged. This is plain old guilt and Paterno deserved to be fired. This whole thing is disgusting...

Hank Cross 10 years, 6 months ago

Good riddance to bad rubbish. His excuse about telling admin about it and then doing nothing is the same as the Germans in WWII who swore they didn't know what was going on in the concentration camps.

Sparko 10 years, 6 months ago

I have disliked Paterno since 1969. And this predicament will only get worse as more information becomes known about the ego monster. He has felt more important than the university who employed him for decades. Can't ever let that happen, because Paterno started feeling like he was above the law. He could cover up lots of transgressions. Just wait till it all spills out.

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

I think I know why your dislike dates from 1969. But Pepper Rodgers should have kicked the field goal. As I recall, the following year Mizzou, too, lost to PSU in the orange bowl game.

It's ironic that 40 years had to pass before either KU or MU were again orange bowl worthy. Unfortunately, that happened in the same year, so only one could go to Miami.

Now, Mizzou exits from the league. When the leaders at Mizzou met to decide whether or not to leave the Big12, although the words may never have been spoken, some resentment over KU & Mangino being selected & MU being snubbed could well have influenced their decision to bolt.

Then a few days later the PSU coach who beat both schools in consecutive orange bowl games 40 years ago is booted in disgrace.

Forty years passed before the original characters in this football saga again took center stage, at which time their fates were revealed in short order.

   Mangino booted to Florida.  Football calamity for KU.
   Mizzou to SEC.  Sold out for money.  Enter football obscurity.
   Paterno exits in disgrace.  The remainder of his days, also obscure.

sevenyearhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Incidentally, I ran into Rick Abernathy at a post office in Leawood around the time of the 2007 Orange Bowl ... he was the linebacker that caused the 12th man penalty in the 1968 Orange Bowl.

I remember him telling me that he always felt that he gave Joe Paterno's career a jumpstart.

I wonder what he thinks about this - maybe Matt Tait or Tom Keegan should track him down, I also used to work with his niece in Mission.

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

I've met Rick because I worked with his wife long ago. I think he was a coach for the Chiefs, in the Paul Wiggin, Mackovic era. Back in those days even his wife called him the 12th man.

brink75 10 years, 6 months ago

Wow, WWII. Really? The real question is what is going to happen to the sick sob child rapist?
Why fire Paterno?

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 6 months ago

Because he knew about it and did nothing.....thus being an accessory to someone who rapes kids.

Is this really that hard to understand?

brink75 10 years, 6 months ago

no, but again what about the actual rapist?

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 6 months ago

The rapist is going to prison, you can count on it.

You think Penn State wants to associate itself with someone who covers for a child rapist? You think that helps recruiting? Enrollment? PR?

No school in America would want that bad publicity. Best to cut ties immediately. JoePa isn't bigger than the institution, no matter how long he stuck around.

Hank Cross 10 years, 6 months ago

All it takes for evil to blossom is for good men to do nothing. Once JoePerv heard: "Sandusky,' "boy," and "shower" in the same sentence he should've called the cops. He had every reason to believe McQueary b/c why would a 20-something GA say something so horrible about Sandusky unless it was true. Making up such a story would've killed McQueary's career.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

He'll go to prison, but what really should happen is he should have his nut sack ripped off.

Tracy Rogers 10 years, 6 months ago

Pretty sure that will happen once he gets to prison.

Geekinout 10 years, 6 months ago

Heads will roll! It amazes me how so many people on so many levels failed these poor kids. The D.A., to the University officials, to the University Police, to the coaches, to even the janitors. If there is any suspicion whatsoever how did this go on for so long?

jgkojak 10 years, 6 months ago

You know all those posters who, during the ticket scandal/football player fights/Lew resignation asked "what could be worse?"...


JhawkalumJB 10 years, 6 months ago

obviously, it could've been a helluva lot worse.

Hope this is a wake up call to anyone with knowledge of abuse, don't hide it or ignore it.

Kansas1241 10 years, 6 months ago

They should hire Turner Gill...since he's such a GREAT coach...HA

Brak 10 years, 6 months ago

Wow you use this article to make a joke about HCTG, how sad is your life that you think something like this should be taken lightly. I guess you don't have kids.

babyjay1 10 years, 6 months ago

Although TG may not be who we want as a coach, I can feel good in believing he is a moral man and that if this happened at KU, neither Gill nor Self would let it go unreported. I truly believe our coaches would do the right thing. No bashing Gill right now... This isn't about football ...

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

I would hope that Gill or Self would do the right thing, but you never know. Given Paterno's legacy of "winning the right way"--which has now been revealed as one big lie--I am sure you probably would be saying the same thing about Paterno if the shoe were on the other foot. Fact of the matter is, you never know how a certain individual is going to react to adverse circumstances until they are actually confronted with the same.

True character is revealed not when things are good, but when they are bad.

jgkojak 10 years, 6 months ago

They should hire Gary Pinkel.

I would LMAO

ccarp 10 years, 6 months ago

I've been waiting for him to show up at Ohio state, but Penn state would also be interesting.

Jackalope7 10 years, 6 months ago

The firing of Joe Pa had to happen. This whole situation is so troublesome. How some many people allowed this creep to do this for so long is beyond rational thinking or any kind of thinking for that matter.

willie_fu_fu 10 years, 6 months ago

I have a feeling this is going to put a serious dent into Penn St's athletics department and will cost the university 10's of Millions before all is said and done. I can only imagine how the families will react once they discover their kid was a victim. There will be prison terms comming out of this for some. This will end up being much bigger that the KU ticket scandal if everything that has come out so far is true.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Illegally selling tickets v. raping young boys in the shower....

Yeah, I'd say one is a bigger deal than the other.

minnhawk84 10 years, 6 months ago

I am shocked by the behavior of many Penn State students supporting this old coach. Obviously PSU needs an ethics/morals class required of all incoming students if these clowns can't immediately grasp that Jo Pa's inaction and de facto support of a child rapist for many years negates anything else he has ever done for the University.

Sandusky won't last 2 weeks in prison once he is sentenced. Even hardened criminals understand he is a monster; one would think Paterno could have grasped that simple concept.

He was more concerned about the reputation of the football program than protecting innocent victims. Had he done the right thing, how many victims would have been saved from this predator? We are about to find out.

newmedia 10 years, 6 months ago

Folks not too happy in Happy Valley? Everyone who knew or involved should be investigated.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 6 months ago

had to be done. He couldn't coach another play at Penn would have been wrong.

God help those kids.

seagull 10 years, 6 months ago

As a PSU grad, I am sad to see Joe go out in this manner. Sexual victimization of young children is awful. Joe should have done more, but come on. The righteous indignation of many of the sports reporters,columnists and commenters here rings a little hollow and more like a witch hunt. Sports reporters and fans overlook things that are morally, if not legally, wrong all of the time, and that seems to be the tenor of the argument: Joe did what was legally required but not morally right.

Second, the outrage on the part of the press in particular represents a double standard. We are morally outraged when boys are molested--as we should be, but young girls are routinely victimized without near the self-righteous indignation that we see in this instance. If Sandusky had molested young girls, the conversation would be an entirely different one in which the girls themselves would be put on "trial" for being the seducers. Good heavens we have a presidential candidate who raises more money after revelations come out that he sexually harassed women. We allow him to dismiss these women's claims. And evidence of forced sterilization programs of "promiscuous" 13 year olds in North Carolina not so long ago. So, let's be outraged, but outraged at sexual violence against both boys and girls, men and women.

At least we have finally found the line between right and wrong for sports reporters. They are finally willing to say that something is wrong. They ought to take up that moral outrage and look at other individual and university actions in the name of the game. There are plenty to choose from.

Sam Brockert 10 years, 6 months ago

So, you think it is OKAY to cover up pedophilia? Witch hunt nothing. HE knew about it and did NOTHING. Don't give me this he went to the AD or "this is a witch hunt" crap. He should have been more concerned about protecting children from this monster than he was about the "image" of PSU. In the end, that is what it came down to. They did not want to hurt Penn State's "image". They wanted to sweep it under the rug and pretend it never happened. I mean, for the love of God, the sicko wasn't even fired. The fact that somehow you think that because he did not commit the crime makes a difference? What if it was your child, brother or even a cousin. You discover that person you love has been abused, then you find out that a group of Powerful people KNEW it was happening and DID NOTHING ABOUT IT!! So, think of it like that and tell me if this is a "witch hunt".

babyjay1 10 years, 6 months ago

You are sick... Could you actually hear someone tell you a child was being raped in the locker room shower by a 42 yr old man, and not run in there and rip his head off and have a phone in hand calling PD while you did it? He did NOT do the legally correct thing and I believe theDept of Educationis now involved and we will find my opinion to be true! He should be charged with failure to report as he should be a mandated reporter!

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 6 months ago


A witch hunt is when there's no evidence and you go after someone based on nothing. There is evidence that Joe knew! He even regrets "not doing more"!

Girls on trial for being seducers? What are you talking about? The media would be all over this just the same. Show me any case where molested little girls were shown by the media to be "seducers"

You are basically defending someone who harbored a pedophile.

I'd say you are a f-ing moron, but they don't let me use that word on this site. So I'll just say you are delusional at best, a creep at worst.

Joel Hood 10 years, 6 months ago

This is not about football. This is not a debate about the relative status of other evils. This is not about the hypocrisy of fans or sports reporters.

This is about men of power and authority witnessing a horrible, criminal act against the frailest of people and consciously choosing to protect their own perceived self-interest. ANYONE at Penn State that heard about what happened should have called the police to investigate.

There are many moral questions in life that are difficult - this is not one of them. The moral failures here are black and white.

JHawkFOREVER 10 years, 6 months ago

All of a sudden, Mark Mangino doesn't look like such a bad guy does he? Boo hoo our coach yelled out his players. Pathetic. Now look at us. Penn State deserves the DEATH PENALTY

JHawkFOREVER 10 years, 6 months ago

ANYONE with politcal ties to Penn State University should be investigated. Rumors of this being a SEX RING?!?!?! Boosters paying thousands of dollars to spend time with these young children?!?!? This is more than just a cover up by the football team and athletic department, its a cover up at the highest level. Unbelievable.

Kent Wells 10 years, 6 months ago

Simple application of a google search. You should thank someone for doing your work for you.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 6 months ago

Yep. He's toast too eventually, but should be now. Bank on it.

jgkojak 10 years, 6 months ago

Wondering if this reaches much deeper (Paterno/Admin had more knowledge - which appears likely) if this could become an issue w/the Big 10 - i.e. would the Big 10 vote to expell Penn St over this? Remember they're late to the Big 10 party and a number of schools weren't happy with their joining.

jgkojak 10 years, 6 months ago

If this is true-- this is worse than a pt shaving or gambling scandal, which would bring a dept. down:

"I hear there's a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation -- and hold on to your stomachs, boys, this is gross, I will use the only language I can -- that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors. That was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak."

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

I agree with you. The more I think about what transpired, the more outraged I become.

In response to the firing of Paterno, a large sector of the Penn State student body took to the streets in violent protest. And earlier today the replacement head coach announced that Mike McQueary, the former graduate assistant who walked away when he witnessed a large, grown man anally raping a ten year old boy, will be at the sidelines at Saturday's game as usual, coaching the wide receivers.

Does anyone at Penn State have any shame?

Time for the interim president to take some control and cancel the season.

"We are Penn State." Yes, sadly, they are.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

If the sex ring rumors are true... the entire University may not survive it...

This whole thing is becoming surreal... just god-awful, disgustingly surreal.

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

Just as a big corporation (e.g. GM) going into Chptr 11 BR must report and answer to an outside trustee, the State of Pennsylvania might appoint an outside trustee(s) to clean up the mess. That could take a year or even two.

Never been to College Station. I've heard and read, though, that the place is a collegiate version of an old coal mining company town. PSU controls it all.

The recently retired governor of Pennsynvania might get the job and use it to advance to higher office. I recall that Thomas Dewey of NY tried to do something similar and almost moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

danmoore 10 years, 6 months ago

Seagull, had the victims been women I think there would be some validity in your argument but if the victims had been girls I think the outrage would have been even greater.

I know it won’t happen but I think the PSU football program deserves the death penalty. This is so much worse than any recruiting violation. SMU is scratching their heads. .

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

Once all the facts are established, if the whole thing is as sordid as it appears, they will be given the death penalty. They might resume participation in the Big10 after a few years hiatus. First the punishment, then forgiveness and reinstatement.

Cora Smith 10 years, 6 months ago

Penn State needs to hire someone who will restore integrity to their program. I nominate Turner Gill.

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

One of the many things I find incomprehensible about this whole affair is the reaction of a portion of the Penn State student body, who literally took to the streets and rioted in outrage over Paterno's firing.

Apparently, no one at Penn State gets it. I just read that Mike McQueary, the former graduate assistant who walked away when he witnessed a large, grown man anally raping a ten year old boy, will be at the sidelines at Saturday's game as usual, coaching the wide receivers.

It would be nice if at least one Penn State player stepped forward and announced his resignation from the team.

College Station sounds like one big cesspool of amoral selfish pigs. Shameful, absolutely shameful. I am embarrassed for every last one of them.

danmoore 10 years, 6 months ago

Not convinced they'll get what's coming to them. This is unchartered territory and I have zero faith in the NCAA handing down the proper punishment. Legal procedures will take their course but the football program is immune from the law. Only the NCAA, Big 10 and university administration can punish program.

One of the replacements I heard was Urban Meyer. Hope that doesn't happen.

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

A few people will make millions a plenty off this: lawyers, shrinks, TV networks (mini-series), the motion picture industry, sports talk show hosts, and authors, like James Ellroy and Gore Vidal . (Vidal even tried to intervene in and profit from the executions of the Oklahoma City perpetrators.)

The courts will order PSU to compensate the victims, although the monies will never entirely restore their battered psyches.

The members of the jury will be compensated for their time. For at least some of the jurers the compensation will provide a measure of welcome relief . 12 members X 18%---real unemployment rate in Pa. = 2.16.

I intend no humor. None.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

--Edmund Burke

crimsonwithblue22 10 years, 6 months ago

So many culprits, losers, poor excuses for adults/men, you name it. How in the world does McQueary not RUN to this child's defense and absolutely bludgeon and beat the absolute crap out of Sandusky?

McQueary's report to Joe Paterno about Sandusky should have ended with.....

"and you can find him unconscious on the shower floor .."

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

Consider the context of the 1998/1999 incident and "retirement" of Jerry Sandusky. Why would a healthy, 56-year old football coach, who was regarded at that point as the best defensive coach in college football, suddenly retire? The party line, that Sandusky was upset when told he wouldn't become the next head coach at Penn State, isn't credible. If that was the sole reason that he quit, why didn't he get another elite job? He certainly could have had his choice. And if he felt resentment toward Penn State, why stay close in State College, why keep returning to the locker room and football area?

It's pretty easy to read between the lines here.

Joe Paterno knew in 1998 what Sandusky was. He (and only he would have the authority to do this) insisted that Sandusky finish out the year and "retire," presumably in exchange for Paterno's burying of the actual reason. Paterno insisted that Sandusky never return to coaching as a condition of covering up.

Given that backdrop, fast forward to Paterno's shocking failure to react sufficiently to the rape allegation in 2002. In no way could that have been a surprise to him. He had to know that the GA account was true and that Sandusky was an ongoing threat to vulnerable boys.

And at that point, Joe Paterno basically did nothing, other than taking away Sandusky's keys. Had the anal raping of a ten year in the Penn State showers in 2002 been investigated, JoePa would have been toast, and held partially responsible, as he allowed the guy to retain contact with the program after the 1998 investigation. .

Yes, there was a cover up. In fact, there were two coverups. Was it out of an ongoing sense of loyalty to a close friend? No. Did Paterno want to avoid a scandal for Penn State? Hell no. Paterno was looking out for his own self-interest, as such a scandal, if made public, would have ended his career, and ended his pursuit of the all-time win record.

It was all about looking out for number one. For a few football victories, Joe Paterno sacrificed the sanctity, innocence and future lives of countless young victims.

Shameful, absolutely shameful. And incredibly outrageous.

And now we're treated to the horrific obfuscation from Paterno that even today, he feels fooled.

I have but one thing to say: ___ you, Joe Paterno.

FLJHK 10 years, 6 months ago

Excellent analysis. I've actually been hoping through this thing that somehow these activities were so far from JoePa's reality that he was just somehow clueless about what was going on. I wanted to believe that because I wanted to still believe that the JoePa image had validity. But I agree that when you truly look at the time frames of what happened and how, the conclusions you have drawn are the most plausible explanation at this time.

Obviously it will take time to sort out the whole truth, but AT MINIMUM, at this point Penn State should do the right thing and immediately cancel the remainder of this season, and probably next season as well. There has to be an immediate house cleaning to the entire football program. All current players should be allowed to transfer without penalty.

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. I think they need to cancel the rest of the season immediately. And i think that is what will happen. I will be surprised is they play Nebraska on Saturday.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Very well formulated argument. Granted, it is based on assumptions, but taking that into account, it is hard to disagree with.

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

The bird dogs seem to be pointing down the path that you've outlined.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years, 6 months ago

Frankly, this does smell like a witch hunt lynching. Anytime someone uses the word s#x in an accusation, volcanos erupt, heads explode and the media goes wild. In this case two persons have been charged. CHARGED! There has been no hearing, no presentation of evidence, no trial, no conviction, yet the spineless frightened Penn State board of condemnation has proceeded to destroy lives, make hasty decisions and generally behave like dumb ass idiots. The state attorney general says that the accuser is reliable and truthful, what office is she running for? By who's measure are the accusations of child s%x abuse verified and determined to be correct?

The instant rush to judgement and action before there have been any final results of an investigation, the hang-em-high attitude that proceeded recklessly to attempt to molify the vicious tabloid press, and the general hurry up proceedures give me the feeling that this whole sordid affair may well be fishy and that a lot of good and true people have been forever destroyed by paniced and frightened university board officials (probably to protect their own butts from the media seeking more dirt to publish).

Hank Cross 10 years, 6 months ago

Do you know any of the facts in this case at all? JoePerv has ADMITTED that McQueary came to him about the shower incident when it happened. Even by his own account (which is suspect) McQueary told him that he saw a sexual incident in the shower between Sandusky and a boy. McQueary says he gave JoePerv all of the details. Regardless of how much info McQueary gave to JoePerv, there was enough there that should've triggered an immediate phone call to the cops.

Bob Forer 10 years, 6 months ago

"There has been no hearing, no presentation of evidence, .................."

Nonsense. You are conveniently forgetting about the Grand Jury which heard sworn testimony from many witnesses, including the victims.

So do you expect the public to wait for Penn State to investigate this. Hell, they knew about this for over a decade and continued to cover it up.

Ah, and you lament the destruction of "good and and true people." Which good and true people are you talking about? The Penn State officials that lied to the grand jury? Joe Paterno, who did nothing, other than to take away Sandusky's keys, after he was told a lurid tale of Sandusky anally raping a boy of ten in the Penn State showers.

You are right about one thing, partner. Good and decent folks have been destroyed. It's telling that you don't even acknowledge the young boys whose lives were irreparably harmed by a vile sexual predator while the Penn State higher ups looked the other way and failed to take action that any decent human being would.

It is you who have rushed to judgment, my friend.

Here is a link to the findings of the Grand Jury. Read it, and think about the outrageous comments you just made.

142466 10 years, 6 months ago

If all ,or even some, of the additional rumors that are being circulated turn out to be true, this could be the grandest spectacle since Watergate. It likely will easily surpass O.J.'s contribution to the " hero worship, followed by intense public condemnation" syndrome.

The fascinating thing about Wartergate, as I saw it unfold, was an ever changing public daily debate. Which of the many moral transgressors should also be held to be felons? With each day's revelations, the odds were adjusted for each accused. Drama of the highest order.

I trust that the business professors at KU's Summerfield Hall still teach their students that the first step by an employee who observes actual or probable serious crimes being perpetrated by another employee is to promptly notify one's immediate supervisor. If the company does not remove the malfeasor and/or fails to report the episode to the police, then what should (or must) the whistle blower do? Morally? Legally? Depends on the all the facts and circumstances, the legal beagles would retort.

We're in the beginning phase of this scandel. Many rumors and educated guesses are swirling. It does appear that JoePa did report the malfeasor to his immediate supervisor. That might prove to be sufficient to keep JoePa out of prison.

The immediate perpretator will likely take up residence in Leavenworth or some place similar. The other convicts will assign this pervert to the worst seat in the big house. The very first time his name is called in the daily roll, some his new neighbors may snicker and blow kisses his way. Welcome the Big Leagues, Perv.

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Hank Cross 10 years, 6 months ago

It's official - Ped State is the worst university in the world. The FB coaches are telling the players to wear white to support JoePOS.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 6 months ago

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David Atchley 10 years, 6 months ago

You owe it to yourself to read the 23 page Grand Jury will not believe how deep of cover-up existed, how culpable Joe Paterno and his staff were over at least a 13 year period. There is a special place in hell for Joe Paterno and his thugs.

crimsonwithblue22 10 years, 6 months ago

It just keeps getting deeper and more troubling all the time. Check out this article from nbc news in Philadelphia and judge for yourself.

danmoore 10 years, 6 months ago

I’m trying not to be a prisoner of the moment by I am of the opinion that they should be banned from playing football. If crime were a violation of the NCAA bylaws Miami would have been prohibited from playing football long ago. I have practically no faith in the NCAA imposing the death penalty. Jim Delaney and the Big 10 are all about money so it is unlikely they will kick them out of the conference. PSU stated they want to restore integrity to their school. They can start with a self-imposed death penalty. If there is enough public outcry it could happen.

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