I keep hearing this. Paterno was (and is) a very reserved and private man. He lives in a modest house. I personally never liked him, though his wife is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Paterno has never been known to exercise his influence or his power, and I don’t believe that police give more weight to hearsay reports if they come from a famous coach.
I understand the argument that Paterno has some sort of “power” over State College, but having lived there for six years I never saw or felt that. He may be revered as a public figure, but he’s just a normal guy in the offseason.
I can tell you also that Paterno ISN’T Penn State. They are the corrupt Board of Trustees (who I called the Penn State Politburo). They are people like Terrell Jones and Graham Spanier. They are a bastion of corrupt and politically correct liberalism. The school would be a hell of a lot better off if it were just Paterno.
The problem with this (and this scandal has drawn in far too many conservatives) is that it sacrifices a good man so the corrupt liberal establishment can continue.
If what you say is true, then why did Joe not confront them, even if it meant he would no longer have his job? If Joe truly was the kind of man as you suggest, it would seem logical he would put up with dealing with them.
I keep wondering why and who gave Sandusky the emeritus position and thus the keys to the kingdom (ie locker room at Latch). Was it Spanier and the trustees? I wouldn't think JoePa could do something like that.
I've wiped cleaner things than Paterno off the bottom of my shoe.