Skip to comments.Fight on State...In wake of scandal, power struggle spread from Penn State campus to state capital
Posted on 04/04/2012 5:45:17 PM PDT by FlJoePa
The untold story, though, is about bare-knuckle Pennsylvania politics, old grudges and perceived slights. It involves a stagnated child sexual abuse investigation that, to some, took a backseat to higher-profile cases and a gubernatorial campaign. It involves a head football coach who knew too little and, still, failed to do enough. It includes a passive school board of trustees that for months ignored a lurking controversy and then, under pressure to preserve Penn State's reputation, quickly fired its legendary coach without ever talking with him.
Through it all, the central character was Corbett. "Something not very good happened," he told reporters on Nov. 9, hours before he urged his fellow trustees to fire Paterno. "We have to take the bull by the horns and fix it. Quickly." Publicly, Corbett made it clear that he thought he was the most qualified person to fix Penn State.
During those days of crisis in State College, he lobbied for the ouster of Paterno and Spanier, ending with that conference call on Nov. 9. And when he was on campus the next day, after Spanier's resignation and Paterno's firing, he celebrated the leadership changes. "Throughout this whole process, I felt he had some ulterior motive," a trustee says of Corbett. "Most trustees felt uncomfortable with his role. It was odd for him to be there and participate the way he did. Very odd."
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Fascinating, isn’t it? Those who followed the story from the beginning were well aware that Corbett is in this up to his eyeballs. Of course, the real target was one of the least responsible, Paterno, and he was targeted for reasons I still cannot comprehend. Once he passed, this story completely disappeared. That should tell you how much they care about the actual criminals in the case.
Can we get Micheal Mann fired?
Corbett may indeed be responsible in the sense that he failed to bring a case when he was AG. OTOH, it is undeniably true that the other trustees are furiously back-pedalling due to the heavy public pressure that they are getting second-guessing the Paterno firing.
Paterno didn’t do enough with the information he had. He deserved what he got though it could certainly have been handled better.
The Penn State board of trustees is too large and unweildy to be able to make timely decisions. They are an ineffective group in my opinion.
Corbett laments having to sit on what he knew for 2 years and yet accepts $650K in contributions from Second Mile board members during the same 2 years? AND...he then approves (fast tracks) a $3 million grant to the Second Mile?
Apart from him, Cynthia Baldwin sticks out as some sort of crooked moron. She held Joe’s GJ subpoena for 2 weeks before giving it to him? WHY?
And first she was counsel for Schultz and Curley, then Lanny Davis says she wasn’t?
The Freeh and Davis investigations are a joke. The report to the very people that need investigated.
They are supposed to be politically neutral yet are obviously left-of-center.
Still, ESPN knows a LOT more about the Penn State and the Syracuse situations than they let out.
Nothing matters until the voters of PA rise up in outrage and demand justice. Until they do, they’re complicit in child rape.
I say, kill the entire Penn athletic program. It is tainted. Salt the earth, erase the record books. Darken the stadiums.
Anything else is complicity.
Screw Old Joe, too. The guy was an enabler.
He was targeted because it made people feel righteous. There was even a campaign against him here.
The entire thing is incredibly bizarre. There seems to be so much corruption not only at Penn State but at so many different levels in the Pennsylvania state government.
ESPN was actually involved in the Syracuse case. I think Paterno was attacked because he was never media-friendly and his image, they felt, could never have been real. They were waiting for something - anything - like this to pounce on, truth be damned.
I just love how the people cared so much about the actual victims that they haven’t even whispered about the case since Paterno’s death. Attacking Paterno actually made the case against Sandusky much weaker, but nobody cared about that because they were busy attacking the wrong guy.
I am fortunate that I didn’t speak to anybody who was really clueless on the subject. Most of those people were online. I was up there in February (in SC, I mean) and it seemed like it was all but forgotten. Odd. I think I talked with one student about it, but that’s it.
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