When someone reported what they saw, Paterno should have dialed 9-1-1. Hedidn’t. He told his boss, who like Mr. Paterno, couldn’t see past the end of the football field.
Yes there would have been bad publicity. But then he would have done everything he could have. Saint Joe himself said, after the worst pad press of all—far worse than anything that would have happened had he called thecops initially, that he wished he’d done more.
Again, the program wasn’t the problem. The program being more the most important thing in the region was. Paterno himself put “the program” before everything else, and there are some things that are just more important. Twisted values are what blew this up. Sandusky wasn’t their fault. Their unwillingness to break cover about him was. And it’s that twisted value that brought it all down.
It’s clear that you are a big fan of Paterno’s. Paterno had a great program, no question. But your refusal to accept that their values put “the program” above anything else is clouding reality for you. Paterno screwed by by putting “the program” before everything else and it cost him dearly. It’s a cautionary tale that most football boosters will never understand, and they won’t understand it for the exact same reason Paterno left in utter shame.
What did Mike McQueary tell Joe Paterno? MM has become an unreliable witness in that his story has changed multiple times. We know he watered it down. We also know he saw no rape - his own words under oath.
Why would Joe Paterno call 911? Over a sketchy second-hand, watered down story? That’s a good way to get the University sued if nothing comes from the complaint.
MM the night before discussed what he saw with Dr. Dranov and his Father - BOTH mandatory reporters. Dranov asked him 3 times if there was anything sexual and MM repeatedly said NO. They did nothing but told MM to go see Joe in the morning.
Joe put MM in touch with Curley and Schultz, who was in charge of the PSU Police Department. What did MM tell them? Who knows, again MM is an unreliable witness.
Don’t you think it’s odd that JS was put in jail in 6 months and Curley and Schultz’s trials are going on 2 years and haven’t even reached prelims yet?
I appreciate your civility with regards to this, but you should do some more reading if you really want to know the truth. Blehar and Ziegler would be good places to start.