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The Sins of The Father (Paterno)
espn.go.com ^ | July 13, 2012 | Rick Reilly

Posted on 07/24/2012 2:38:22 AM PDT by ransomnote

What a fool I was.

In 1986, I spent a week in State College, Pa., researching a 10-page Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year piece on Joe Paterno.

It was supposed to be a secret, but one night the phone in my hotel room rang. It was a Penn State professor, calling out of the blue.

"Are you here to take part in hagiography?" he said.

"What's hagiography?" I asked.

"The study of saints," he said. "You're going to be just like the rest, aren't you? You're going to make Paterno out to be a saint. You don't know him. He'll do anything to win. What you media are doing is dangerous."

Jealous egghead, I figured.

What an idiot I was.

Twenty-five years later, when former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused of a 15-year reign of pedophilia on young boys, I thought Paterno was too old and too addled to understand, too grandfatherly and Catholic to get that Sandusky was committing grisly crimes using Paterno's own football program as bait.

But I was wrong. Paterno knew. He knew all about it. He'd known for years. He knew and he followed it vigilantly.

(Excerpt) Read more at espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: football; manboylove; nambla; paterno; pennstate; psu; sandusky
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1 posted on 07/24/2012 2:38:29 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

I talked about Paterno’s “true legacy” in all of this. Here’s his true legacy: Paterno let a child molester go when he could’ve stopped him. He let him go and then lied to cover his sinister tracks. He let a rapist go to save his own recruiting successes and fundraising pitches and big-fish-small-pond hide.

Here’s a legacy for you. Paterno’s cowardice and ego and fears allowed Sandusky to molest at least eight more boys in the years after that 1998 incident -


2 posted on 07/24/2012 2:54:24 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: ransomnote

What if Sandusky wasn’t the only one molesting little boys? Could it have been a case of perverts of a feather molesting together? Maybe there is more to turn up.


3 posted on 07/24/2012 2:57:38 AM PDT by pallis
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To: fortheDeclaration

Paterno has proven the case of having an independent sports director over the whole sports program and having an outsider occasionally come in and audit what really is going on. I will also make the case that we just don’t have coaches come into a program and stay two or three decades as the football coach anymore. Most guys come in....spend three to eight years, and then move on.


4 posted on 07/24/2012 3:02:04 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: ransomnote

I wonder where Dante would put Paterno? I’m thinking Circle 8, Pocket 8 (evil counselors).


5 posted on 07/24/2012 3:04:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I wonder where Dante would put Paterno?

No matter which circle, rest assured that the murderous Ted Kennedy is close at hand.

6 posted on 07/24/2012 3:14:35 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: ransomnote

That`s the sad part in all this. I admired Paterno, given his (now proven false) emphasis on off-the-field excellence.

Paterno had all the power he needed to put the whole issue to an abrupt and proper end. Upon first learning of the abuses, he should`ve immediately fired Sandusky and reported him to the LOCAL, not university police. He should`ve then pressed for a news conference announcing the action, along with the pledge of full cooperation with all investigations.

Maximum disclosure with minimum delay. Abiding by that often thorny, but wholly vital principle at the outset would`ve preserved PSU`s reputation and Paterno`s legacy. Most important, it would`ve gotten an evil sexual predator off the streets before other boys could be victimized.


7 posted on 07/24/2012 3:20:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: re_nortex

IMO, Teddy, in a Dantean universe, would be in Circle 9, Division 3 (Ptolomea) - treachery to guests.


8 posted on 07/24/2012 3:28:09 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ScottinVA

Corruption and protection of money producers is not uncommon at universities. Very disappointing, but very true.

Sexual harassment, cheating to get federal funds, and tolerated abuse of students and faculty by leadership occurs much more often than you might imagine, and the number of ‘buried’ stories, including the number and nature of ‘out of court settlements’ would be shocking if the details were let out.

At many universities, if Jack the Ripper brought enough money in they’d endow a chair for him, and/or make him emeritus faculty. I agree that the highest levels of university leadership should be held accountable, and in this Penn State case, if the president of the university knew and covered up, he should go to jail.


9 posted on 07/24/2012 4:02:53 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: ransomnote

The NCAA has imposed a $60 million hit on them. What will be the total cost after the civil suits are filed? There isn’t enough punishment on earth for the crimes this University allowed to happen.


10 posted on 07/24/2012 4:18:31 AM PDT by Artie
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To: ransomnote
My Dad never liked Paterno. I always wondered why. I knew Penn State was a rival to his favorite team, but dad usually respected rival team's coaches and players if they played by the rules and he always used to say “Wow! nice play!” even if it was against our team. We were huge Yankee fans and he'd cheer for Boston if they were in the playoffs and the Yankees weren't, supporting the AL East, even against the Mets, and we're from NY.

My Dad died 9 years ago, and every time Paterno was shown he'd say “there's something wrong with that guy”. Which was strange to me. I wish I would have asked more.

I miss those days, though, my dad and I, a girl no less, bonding over football, basketball and baseball. And Paterno the only coach he ever said anything bad about. Weird.

11 posted on 07/24/2012 4:19:40 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
the highest levels of university leadership should be held accountable, and in this Penn State case, if the president of the university knew and covered up, he should go to jail.
In the disgrace of Paterno, Penn State has lost an ornament. In the case of Duke University’s response to the Crystal Mangum allegations and the lacrosse team’s subsequent vindication, the faculty and administration have showed themselves to be as self-serving as Jerry Sandusky. They tried to utterly destroy the reputations of students to satisfy their own vanity.

You send your child to college to improve their reputation by getting recommendations from faculty as well as a degree. Why would you ever consider a university which has shown that it is willing, nay eager, to do the exact opposite? Duke’s faculty as a whole disgraced Duke.


12 posted on 07/24/2012 4:22:59 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I lost a huge amount of respect for Mike Krzyzewski over those events. There was a guy who had to know the real story, who had the position and stature to be able to do what was right, and who didn’t say a thing to stop the witch hunt ruining the lives of a lot of kids. Was it as egregious as what Paterno did (didn’t do)? No, not by an order of magnitude. But it was bad enough, and showed that Mike was in it for Mike and his precious team, right and wrong be damned.


13 posted on 07/24/2012 4:37:37 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: ransomnote

Wow! Powerful words of disgust.


14 posted on 07/24/2012 4:43:11 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Totally agree.


15 posted on 07/24/2012 4:47:57 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: ransomnote

We should all learn to not let the enemy use language that covers up the real issue.
He’s “subtil” indeed, getting this ‘slider’ over the corner of most people’s plates...
I want FReepers to stay sharp, be on top of the issues, inhabit Realville:

“pedophilia on young boys” = PEDERASTY

Make no mistake. As vile as it is, mere pedophilia conjures up...well, what do you think?

PEDERASTY otoh, spotlights exactly how homos RECRUIT.
Use it.
Correct it.
Shine the light of truth on these reprobates.
nuff said.


16 posted on 07/24/2012 5:10:13 AM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: ransomnote

"We are Penn State!"

That is what the drunken, screaming, violent mob of Penn State students and fans chanted to "protest" Paterno's firing.

This is what happens when you worship idols instead of Almighty God. Your idols can be sports, money, sex, power, fame, vanity.......you name it.

I like to watch NFL football and college basketball, but I am so put off by the extremes of many of the fans. They remind me of pagans on a rampage.

Here is a hint: if you are this far gone as a sports fan of any team or anything, you have lost perspective.

The football program at Penn State became pagan worship. Rather than enjoy it is a game and a sport, it became the identity and source of worship to many of it's "fans."


17 posted on 07/24/2012 5:14:34 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: MacMattico

I always thought the worship of this man was way over the top. That it was kind of sick. Maybe your dad saw what I saw. Paterno never discouraged the worshiping. He seemed to wallow in it like a pig.


18 posted on 07/24/2012 5:19:34 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: MacMattico

Interesteing story about your Father. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a good, honest, level headed man.


19 posted on 07/24/2012 5:29:05 AM PDT by albie
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To: ransomnote
This is far from over. Sandusky has been pimping out these young boys to like-minded Penn State boosters. The NCAA has decided to quickly drop any further investigation of these boosters in exchange for a $60 million windfall, as they encourage the Penn State football team to get back to work, sell more tickets, win more games, and send the profits to Indianapolis.

Not only should they raze the entire Penn State campus, they should raze the NCAA as well.

20 posted on 07/24/2012 5:59:03 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: albie

I always thought so! (And still do.) Thanks. :)


21 posted on 07/24/2012 6:05:01 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Hoodat

You’re a wise man Hoodat. The $60 million stopped the investigation into the boosters. It’s over. It also stopped connecting the boosters with other teams, organizations and politicians. A whole lot of important people wanted this stopped before they got connected.

This isn’t just about Penn State. It’s about a huge pedophilia industry, nationwide and worldwide. Jerry Sandusky is a small time player. The world would vomit if it knew the real truth.


22 posted on 07/24/2012 6:13:08 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: PA-RIVER

Paterno never discouraged the worshiping. He seemed to wallow in it like a pig...

...I never had a visceral dislike for Paterno, I just always thought he was a lucky guy who landed a plum job with an already sound foundation, and then molded the program to fit and prosper as college football emerged as a wildly popular sport...my problem, here in PA, was always with the fans, who took the term obnoxious to unheard of heights...especially some in my extended family, and who strutted, like clamorous peacocks, in the reflected glory of a guy who, at any other college, would have to win, and not have the luxury to be able to burnish a mythology of ‘grand experiments’ and ‘winning with honor’...too bad he didn’t take the Patriots offer in the ‘70’s, he’d find out how the other 99% of coaches have to live...
...I don’t want my antipathy to PSU football to weight my final thoughts on the man...he was clearly smart, adaptable, and resilient, but also lucky...give me instead Bobby Bowden, who came into FSU with a team that had gone 0-11 the year prior and received no support from the administration at all, and built that into a powerhouse that equalled, even eclipsed, Paterno’s.
...so what are my final thoughts of Paterno? I think we should invoke the spirit of the ancient Greek tragedians, Sophocles, or more to the point, Aeschylus, and well note the tragedy that emerges from the unwarranted exercise of hubris, and the belief that we are ‘holier’ and more suited to divinity than others...it never ends well...


23 posted on 07/24/2012 6:25:07 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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NAMBLA FELTA THIGH






24 posted on 07/24/2012 6:26:24 AM PDT by devolve (-------------- ------- no servers - no intelligence ----------- ---------------------)
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To: ransomnote

Very sad article. Reilly is a pretty conservative guy, so you have to listen when he speaks.

For my part, I want to see what is done with the radical leftwing homophile Spanier. As pres of Penn State, he made it a capital offense to say anything negative whatsoever about a homosexual — no matter what the homosexual did. Spanier created an oppressive, tyrannical society in which students and faculty alike were scared to death to even hint at disapproval of what a homosexual did — up to and including child molestation.

Spanier in his own sick, perverse, dictatorial way is as guilty as Sandusky and far guiltier than JoePa.


25 posted on 07/24/2012 6:56:54 AM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: Hoodat

“... drop any further investigation of these boosters in exchange for a $60 million windfall”.

I have also wondered if there would be any further investigation into the “charity?” (Mile High?) Did any of those big contributors receive children? I think many of the contributors simply donated money because they thought it was a stand up organization but all of them? Very perceptive opinion, Hoodat.


26 posted on 07/24/2012 7:10:13 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Hoodat

“... drop any further investigation of these boosters in exchange for a $60 million windfall”.

I have also wondered if there would be any further investigation into the “charity?” (Mile High?) Did any of those big contributors receive children? I think many of the contributors simply donated money because they thought it was a stand up organization but all of them? Very perceptive opinion, Hoodat.


27 posted on 07/24/2012 7:10:26 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: hampdenkid

Spanier in his own sick, perverse, dictatorial way is as guilty as Sandusky and far guiltier than JoePa.

...along with Schultz, I agree...but then again, as lucky as Paterno was to bask in the glory of the good times, equally unlucky that his legacy wallows in the muck of the bad times...
...to paraphrase ‘uneasy lies the crown upon the head of him who would be king’,or something along those lines...


28 posted on 07/24/2012 7:11:36 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: ransomnote

For those who want to keep it honest:

http://www.johnziegler.com/editorials_details.asp?editorial=219

http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2012/07/demolishing-freeh-report-and-people-who.html

In 1998, the mother of a young boy designated by the grand jury as “Victim 6” became suspicious when her son and Sandusky showed up at her home with wet hair. The boy, according to the grand jury report, acknowledged that he had showered with Sandusky, prompting the mother to call Penn State University police.

In a later conversation with Sandusky — with two university detectives listening in — the coach allegedly admitted hugging the boy while both were naked in the shower, the grand jury reported. “I was wrong,” Sandusky allegedly told the mother. “I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

The case was referred to then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar, who declined to prosecute the case in 1998, the grand jury found.

Gricar’s decision has not been explained. He has been missing since 2005 and has since been declared dead after authorities recovered his abandoned car and the prosecutor’s computer, absent its hard drive.

State police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Manetta said there is no apparent link between the prosecutor’s disappearance and the Sandusky case.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/bigten/story/2011-11-10/jerry-sandusky-investigation-victim-1-cover/51160950/1


29 posted on 07/24/2012 7:23:36 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Universities used to be held up as the champions of free speech and respect for differing views. This is no longer the case , they have been taken over by leftist propagandists who will do anything to further their socialist agenda. Penn state was well into pushing an agenda friendly to the homosexual lifestyle....it appears they were also friendly to NAMBLAS’ agenda as well!!!
30 posted on 07/24/2012 7:31:39 AM PDT by ontap
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To: ScottinVA
Paterno had all the power he needed to put the whole issue to an abrupt and proper end.

So did District Attorney Ray Gricar in 1998 who failed to prosecute. Where is Al Sharpton when he is really needed.

Upon first learning of the abuses, he should`ve immediately fired Sandusky and reported him to the LOCAL, not university police.

He didn't work for him at the time in 2001. And the 1998 incident went to the District Attorney and he declined to prosecute. Even in the Freeh report Curley, Spanier, Schultz, and Chief Harmon's hands are all over it, but no mention of Paterno. What were they??? potted plants???

He should`ve then pressed for a news conference announcing the action, along with the pledge of full cooperation with all investigations.

Like when he announced his press conference in 2010 where he was going to answer questions but the Board of Trustees told him to shut up and shut it down.

31 posted on 07/24/2012 7:38:52 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
"Gricar’s decision has not been explained. He has been missing since 2005 and has since been declared dead after authorities recovered his abandoned car and the prosecutor’s computer, absent its hard drive. State police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Manetta said there is no apparent link between the prosecutor’s disappearance and the Sandusky case."

No APPARENT Link...... Right.

32 posted on 07/24/2012 10:38:39 AM PDT by strongbow
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To: strongbow

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2909606/posts?page=282#282


33 posted on 07/24/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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