If you have been living under a rock for the past few days you would have no idea that Joe Paterno was fired, effective immediately, from Penn State. If you’ve been living in a cave you would have no idea that there is a major sex scandal going on with Penn State right now.
Before you think, ohhh JoePa was naughty with a student! It wasn’t that. Not at all.Paterno’s longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, is charged with abusing eight young boys over a 15-year-period. And it’s likely that even more boys could come forward. Sandusky is being charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse.
So why was Penn State’s favorite head coach handed a pink slip? He knew about it and didn’t do enough according to some. What did he do? He went to his bosses, who did nothing. The former athletic director, Tim Curley, and ex-vice president, Gary Schultz, have also been charged with perjury and failure to report after they were informed by Paterno. Both men entered not guilty pleas in state court earlier this week. Graham Spanier, the school’s president, will also be joining Paterno in the unemployment line.
As of this moment, the university is merely trying to cover its ass. There were reports that Paterno was notified Wednesday morning by telephone of the firing. That is not true, he was handed a note (as if he were in kindergarten) just 15 minutes before the press conference. A NOTE!
So that’s how you fire a man who has led the school to 409 victories over 46 seasons? You give him an f*in note?
I’m by no means a fan of Penn State. I’ve never been particularly fond of the school. In fact I’m in the process of applying to Pitt, but I have respect for JoePa. Should he have contacted the authorities about all of this as well as going to his bosses?
Yes, of course. However, he did what he thought was the right thing. Telling his bosses who could better take matters into their hands. Which, obviously, they did not.
So now Joe is bearing the punishment. Honestly, I don’t think he should have been fired. Suspended, fined, or something along those lines, absolutely. I am NOT saying he should not be punished for not reporting to the authorities, but he’s not the man responsible for these heinous crimes.
Jerry Sandusky is. He is the man who molested these boys. He is the man who stole the innocence. He needs punished. I vote string him up by his toes in Market Square and let all the victims take a few wacks with a wiffle ball bat (those things HURT), but I doubt a judge will pass down that sentence. So jail will suffice. Hopefully he’ll be there for a LONG time.
One woman who commented on WTAE’s facebook page went so far as to say that once these boys (who are now men btw) are paid off by Penn State they’re going to be just fine and forget alllll about the evils that Sandusky did to them.
Really lady? REALLY? So that’s all these kids are after? Some cash? Their minds haven’t been f*ed up at all because of what Sandusky did to them? It’s just a ploy for them to get money? Wow…just wow.
I seriously doubt these men are out for just the money. I’m sure they want some sort of action taken against Sandusky so he does not continue to do this to other young men.
Penn State will not recover from this for a VERY long time and it’s already projected that they will spend millions of dollars to fix this little fiasco. Which means tuition hikes. I can honestly say, as a mother with TWO children who will be heading off to college in 14 years, they will NOT be attending Penn State. That is one thing I will forbid. No Penn State. And not because of their sexual predator, those can be anyone, anywhere, it’s because of how they handled this whole clusterf*ck. It’s obvious that the leaders of the school have no idea what they are doing. And I don’t want those sorts of people attempting to lead my children.