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PSU’s Board of Trustees made the right decision

November 10, 2011
Weirton Daily Times

Too little, too late.

The Penn State Board of Trustees finally made the hard, unpopular decision which should have been done at least since, oh, let's say, 2002.

Joe Paterno is no longer the head coach of Penn State.

You do understand that he could not be allowed to be in the stadium on Saturday against Nebraska on Senior Day, where more than 100,000 fans would have been cheering the 84-year-old coach, who has been bigger than the university.

You do understand that the eight alleged victims of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case, and their families, would have known without a shadow of a doubt that 100,000-plus fans inside the stadium would be there in support of Paterno for another meaningless win in the grand scheme of things.

All the meanwhile, Sandusky is facing a slew of felony counts of deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and indecent assault against at least eight victims over more than a decade.

The problem was obvious, but the way it was handled was too little, too late.

"I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case," Paterno said in a statement Wednesday. "At this moment the board of trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.

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

Just curious how JoePa could be "devastated" when allegations like this came up nine years ago in a face-to-face meeting with a graduate assistant who is now on his staff?

Paterno, who had steadfastly refused to step down in recent years, has finally been forced to never coach again.

It is being said throughout the nation on national talk shows that Paterno and former grad assistant and current assistant coach Mike McQueary did not do enough when, according to the grand jury testimony, McQueary, then 28-years-old, saw what I will simply call "unspeakable acts."

The grand jury testimony then stated, "the graduate assistant was shocked but noticed that both Victim 2 and Sandusky saw him. The graduate assistant left immediately, distraught.

"The graduate assistant went to his office and called his father, reporting to him what he had seen.

"His father told the graduate assistant to leave the building and come to his home."

OK, timeout.

What we have here is a 28-year-old man and his father who did nothing to help a 10-year-old boy.

Nothing.

They reported the incident to Paterno the next day who, in turn, reported it to Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley the next day.

The next day?

Twice?

Anybody here want to help a kid?

"I don't even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel," the mom of Victim Six told Sara Ganim of the Patriot News in Harrisburg, Pa. "(McQueary) was a grown man, and he saw a boy being sodomized ... He ran and called his daddy?"

Please explain to me how a 28-year-old man does nothing to help a 10-year-old boy he sees being molested?

Please explain to me how the father of a 28-year-old man tells his son to do nothing and leave the premises?

Please explain to me how neither one of them call 911?

Please explain to me how Paterno does not call the police, any police, instead handing the baton off to Curley?

Please explain to me how Paterno doesn't follow up with Curley at any point in time?

Please explain to me how McQueary or his father follow up with anyone?

According to the grand jury testimony, "Approximately one and a half weeks later, the graduate assistant was called to a meeting with Penn State Athletic Director Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz. The graduate assistant reported to Curley and Schultz that he had witnessed what he believed to be Sandusky (having inappropriate acts, I cleaned it up) with a boy in the Lasch Building showers. Curley and Schutlz assured the graduate assistant that they would look into it and determine what further action they would take. Paterno was not present for this meeting.

"The graduate assistant heard back from Curley a couple of weeks later. He was told that Sandusky's keys to the locker room were taken away and that the incident had been reported to the Second Mile.

"The graduate assistant was never questioned by university police and no other entity conducted an investigation until he testified in grand jury in December 2010. The grand jury finds the graduate assistant's testimony to be extremely credible."

Curley and Schultz stepped down from their positions on Sunday.

Folks, this goes back to 1998 when a child, now 24, spoke up and alleged that Sandusky touched him during a shared shower at Penn State in 1998. Those allegations never resulted in charges.

"... At Penn State in 1998."

This is not money for tattoos, repeated recruiting violations, paying for summer jobs that aren't really summer jobs or getting a student with a 1.1 GPA into a football program.

This is about life and human accountability.

Sandusky should be a man and, if he did these despicable things, should immediately save the taxpayers and the children the financial and emotional cost of a trial.

Yet, again, if he did these things, he's not a man - he's a coward who will get his payment in jail.

This is more than sports.

This is about a bunch of men who appear to care not one inch about children, while caring 100 percent how they could uphold Penn State's image as a university and a football program.

This is going to get much worse before it gets better.

The chain of command has been broken for a long time, and it's now time for new people to come in to link a new chain of command.

It's time to clean house - every inch of it.

 
 

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