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The woman who stood up to Joe Paterno
CNN ^ | July 15th, 2012 | Ann O'Neill

Posted on 07/16/2012 4:36:36 PM PDT by Third Person

(CNN) -- Vicky Triponey knows all too well the power Penn State's late football coach, Joe Paterno, held for more than half a century over the insular slice of central Pennsylvania that calls itself Happy Valley.

She experienced firsthand the clubby, jock-snapping culture, the sense of entitlement, the cloistered existence. It's what drove her five years ago from her job as the vice president who oversaw student discipline. She was told she was too aggressive, too confrontational, that she wasn't fitting in with "the Penn State way."

She clashed often with Paterno over who should discipline football players when they got into trouble. The conflict with such an iconic figure made her very unpopular around campus. For a while, it cost Triponey her peace of mind and her good name. It almost ended her 30-year academic career.

Another person might have felt vindicated, smug or self-righteous when former FBI Director Louis Freeh delivered the scathing report on his eight-month investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

The inquiry, commissioned by the board of trustees, exposed how the personal failings of Paterno and three other Penn State leaders -- along with the university's football-first culture -- empowered an assistant football coach who molested fatherless boys for more than a decade.

"There's no joy," Triponey told CNN as she sat down for an interview Friday, the day after the Freeh report was released. She said she found solace in the public recognition of Penn State's "culture of reverence for the football program," as the report phrased it, and that it is "ingrained at all levels of the campus community." Freeh found that the culture contributed to the Sandusky scandal.

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1 posted on 07/16/2012 4:36:40 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

Same thing happened to Jan Kemp (I think that was her name) when she blew the whistle on the athlete grade fixing priorities at UGA in the 1980’s. She was crucified.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 4:42:17 PM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Third Person

I know that Paterno is really taking it in the shorts these days, but I can’t help but see him as more of a victim in all this than some sort of perpetrator. And, I’ve never been a big Paterno fan (or detractor). His last couple of months on earth must have been pretty miserable with the cancer and all this craziness surrounding him.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 4:42:42 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Tau Food

He wasn’t a victim, he was an enabler. The kids who were molested are the real victims.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 4:46:59 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Third Person

Football is to Penn State what islam is to Mecca. It is a violent, sodomizing cult.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 4:47:09 PM PDT by MeganC (If you are hell-bent on delaying maturity you will likely succeed.)
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To: Tau Food

Do you think it could have been as miserable as having a grown man...? Well, you know.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: Tau Food
I know that Paterno is really taking it in the shorts these days,

Too bad the miserable creep didn't live long enough to be marched out of a courthouse with his hands in cuffs, on his way to wearing prison jammies like his butt-buddy Sandusky was. Never had any use for JoPa and my suspicions were confirmed. What a disgusting human.

Now he has to deal with God and there ain't gonna' be any attorney present.

7 posted on 07/16/2012 4:49:41 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Tau Food

F*** Joe Paterno. His lack of decisive action enabled a serial pedophile to rape children for decades. And he did it all knowingly and willingly to protect a stupid football program.

If it were up to me his corpse would be dug up, set on fire, and the remains fed to wild dogs.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 4:51:01 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is, it is the only answer.)
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To: Third Person
I just don't get the idol worship of Joe Paterno. He's just a football coach, not some kind of god.

I mean, I'm a big fan of the New England Patriots, especially during the current Bill Belichick coaching era. I think Belichick is a great coach and a major part of the success of the team these past 10 years, but if one of Belichick's coaches did what Sandusky did and Belichick tried to cover it up, I'd be the first one calling for Belichick to be thrown to the curb and tarred and feathered. And if the Patriots fell back to last place under a new coach, I would still hold the same opinion.

9 posted on 07/16/2012 4:52:10 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: 1raider1

No, you’re right about that, that’s for sure.

It’s an ugly story from beginning to end. The perpetrator was unbelievably brazen but I suppose that kind of perpetrator often is brazen.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 4:52:32 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: mass55th

Yeah, that's what I said

Child Sacrifice

Great civilizations and sports dynastys they've all been built on

Child Sacrifice

And you know you can't bake a cherry pie without...uh...uh, well you know.

Look, you want to keep the cash register ringing?

Want to keep your job?

Then just STFU!


11 posted on 07/16/2012 4:53:37 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Lurker

You may be a master of understatement but I agree with you completely.


12 posted on 07/16/2012 4:54:43 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: laweeks

JoPed conveniently died, lying through his teeth right to the end.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 5:00:50 PM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: Lurker
"If it were up to me his corpse would be dug up, set on fire, and the remains fed to wild dogs."

I hope somebody destroys the statue of him.

14 posted on 07/16/2012 5:02:41 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Lurker
If it were up to me his corpse would be dug up, set on fire, and the remains fed to wild dogs.

Why do that to the wild dogs?

If it was up to me, the students would be allowed to move to other colleges, and Penn State would be shut down at at the expense of those who allowed this. Extreme crimes require extreme punishment, at least as a warning to others.

15 posted on 07/16/2012 5:05:31 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (With choices like Palin, Cain, and Bachmann, what could go wrong? Now we know.)
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To: Tau Food
I know that Paterno is really taking it in the shorts these days

Way to begin, sparky.

16 posted on 07/16/2012 5:06:10 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: Tau Food
"The perpetrator was unbelievably brazen but I suppose that kind of perpetrator often is brazen."

And he became even more brazen because he knew the school would look the other way.

17 posted on 07/16/2012 5:07:16 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: workerbee

Oops. That really was an accident.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 5:07:55 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Third Person

What disgusted me today was hearing the ESPN morning chorus (the Mikes) of radio broadcasters trying to explain why SMU deserved their death penalty for money payments but it would do no good to give a a football death penalty to Penn State. The argued it was too late and it wa suncessary to send such a message. Right. Plus they said Penn State should continue to play all their football games so it did not harm the rest of the Big Ten as per revenue. That was their logic. (and ESPN get its share of the game no doubt). Amazing and quite telling when it come to the “money” at stake.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 5:08:58 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Tau Food
I know that Paterno is really taking it in the shorts these days, but I can’t help but see him as more of a victim in all this than some sort of perpetrator. And, I’ve never been a big Paterno fan (or detractor). His last couple of months on earth must have been pretty miserable with the cancer and all this craziness surrounding him.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 5:08:58 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: workerbee

Your tagline is extremely thought provoking. Well done.


21 posted on 07/16/2012 5:09:12 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: mass55th

I’ve never been close to anyone who did anything like what this Sandusky did so I really don’t think I can even imagine how screwed up the thinking must be. When he was convicted, I wrote a post here that suggested that he be left in a cell with a pistol and a Bible, and that no one bring him any food, water or supplies. Just return in a couple of weeks and remove his body.

I assume these guys can on some level control themselves, but they often don’t, obviously.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 5:13:03 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Penn State. Yeah, well, wait until the lawyers get done with them. I guess that means the state’s taxpayers are going to get hit pretty hard. How many separate jury trials? It’s not good.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 5:16:16 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

If there aren’t already, Grand Juries should be empaneled to indict every single Penn State big wig who even suspected this was going on. The the victims need to be granted Class Action status to sue Penn State until there’s nothing left of it but a smoking hole in the Earth.

Then they can go after the State of Pennaylvania.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 5:18:35 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is, it is the only answer.)
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To: MeganC

Football is to Penn State what islam is to Mecca. It is a violent, sodomizing cult

Here Here!! EXACTLY!!!

Football is a malignant tumor that is destroying us. Making icons of 340 pound IQ 10’s is NOT what education should do.

The Chinese and Russians are going to take over totally...while we watch f’ball.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 5:23:51 PM PDT by Huebolt (It's not over until there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Tau Food
"I assume these guys can on some level control themselves, but they often don’t, obviously."

Sandusky didn't have to control himself. He had the green light from Paterno and others.

I worked in uniform for 25 years in the NY State prison system, and dealt with all kinds of criminals. I'd like to think that Sandusky will have a hard time behind bars, but the truth is, the scumbag will probably ask for protective custody and get it. He was protected at Penn State, and will be protected behind bars.

26 posted on 07/16/2012 5:25:07 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Tau Food
His last couple of months on earth must have been pretty miserable with the cancer and all this craziness surrounding him.

I hope Paterno's last couple of months on earth were a living Hell, brought on by the knowledge that his legacy would forever be tarnished by what he allowed to happen. If this stress abetted the advance of his death, I'd call that advancing his appointment with the Judgement Seat of Christ. Hopefully for the sake of his immortal soul he make good his last days on earth and prepared himself for that ultimate meeting.

27 posted on 07/16/2012 5:25:19 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Third Person

There is great update out there now by a former SI reporter who once was part of the KoolAid Drinking Football Worshipping Testosterone Fueled Macho crew. In it, at the end of JoPed’s pathetic life, the reporter points out that JoPed could have made a gesture by confessing his role and expressing his regrets.

That JoPed DID NOT DO SO pretty much casts in concrete his despicable and specious participation in the pedophile environment that existed at Penn State for so long.

What REALLY concerns me is that the entire Football Industry from High School through College through Broadcasting and the rest of the Sports Media industry is playing this tragedy like Penn State is an isolated incident when we all know in our hearts that it’s just the tip of the iceberg, just like the first catholic church to crash and burn in public was the tip of THAT iceberg.

So sad that this country is devolving so rapidly into the hands of the perverts. I saw some “serious” discussions already about the foot in the door gay marriage acceptance leading in all earnestness to bigamy next.

And the lunatics in Sacramento have now taken the position that a child can have more than one “legal” parent (including so called “anonymous” sperm donors). And watch what ridiculous unintended consequences THAT will generate!

Even the old adage “I’ll believe that when I see pigs fly” no longer has any validity because the FAA has ruled that pot bellied pigs can indeed fly in the cabin of a commercial airliner if the passenger needs the company of their “companion animal” to “feel good”. (Snakes On A Plane anyone?????)


28 posted on 07/16/2012 5:26:43 PM PDT by CanuckYank
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To: mass55th

I know that this seems easy to say, but I am pretty certain that I would prefer a very early death to what he is facing. There must be plenty of ways to end one’s life in there. How could someone go on?


29 posted on 07/16/2012 5:29:54 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Lurker

The best suggestion yet! Now find a way to provide a Similar fate for the rest of those in the PSU administration who were involved.


30 posted on 07/16/2012 5:31:05 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Scoutmaster

Ping


31 posted on 07/16/2012 5:35:28 PM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: CanuckYank

“Even the old adage “I’ll believe that when I see pigs fly” no longer has any validity because the FAA has ruled that pot bellied pigs can indeed fly in the cabin of a commercial airliner if the passenger needs the company of their “companion animal” to “feel good”. (Snakes On A Plane anyone?????)”

What’s going to happen when a Muslim wants to board the plane? You’ll have one branch of liberal loonies fighting the other branch. Should be interesting! Bring popcorn.

But...I assure you that WE will be paying the legal bills for the entire mess when it happens.


32 posted on 07/16/2012 5:38:22 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Tau Food
"How could someone go on?"

You're assuming these people have a conscience. They don't. Sandusky still refuses to admit what he did. He probably never will.

33 posted on 07/16/2012 5:41:01 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

Well, you must be right because otherwise, how could they do it in the first place, over and over and over again?


34 posted on 07/16/2012 5:43:07 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Third Person

Is it possible that this is perhaps one reason why Paterno stayed around so long because he knew as soon as he left this would all become public.


35 posted on 07/16/2012 6:05:46 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: South Hawthorne; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ..

PA Ping!

If you want on/off the PA Ping List, please freepmail me. Thanks!


36 posted on 07/16/2012 6:31:08 PM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: Third Person
JoPed conveniently died, ....just like a Centre County District Attorney.
37 posted on 07/16/2012 6:38:00 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: mass55th
I hope somebody destroys the statue of him.

Like this?


38 posted on 07/16/2012 6:41:29 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Tau Food
Penn State. Yeah, well, wait until the lawyers get done with them. I guess that means the state’s taxpayers are going to get hit pretty hard. How many separate jury trials? It’s not good.

Yup, and with Sandusky on suicide watch it's going to be next to impossible for him to do the only honorable thing left.

39 posted on 07/16/2012 6:44:32 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman

ROFL!!! Yeah!!! That’s awesome!!


40 posted on 07/16/2012 6:51:59 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Third Person
Vicky Triponey experienced firsthand the clubby, jock-snapping culture, the sense of entitlement, the cloistered existence. It's what drove her five years ago from her job as the vice president who oversaw student discipline. She was told she was too aggressive, too confrontational, that she wasn't fitting in with "the Penn State way."

Great, now feminism is trying to get some mileage off of the Paterno scandal.

Listen, lady, it's not about you, okay? Jocks are jocks everywhere, and who's to say there weren't serious problems with your behavior, in addition to Paterno? Generalizing the Paterno story into an anti-jock screed IS abusing your power, but can you even see that anymore? Or are you too far gone?

Like all feminists, your problem is hating men. It's a mental illness you refuse to deal with, and instead choose to try to politicize and destroy millions of good people over, and enslave the rest.

You're sick. Get help before you hurt any more men with the lies and bureaucratic power you use as your weapon.

41 posted on 07/16/2012 6:56:01 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Lurker
F*** Joe Paterno. His lack of decisive action enabled a serial pedophile to rape children for decades.

Corrected in light of the conclusion made in the Freeh report.

42 posted on 07/16/2012 7:34:23 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Literals will believe anything.)
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To: lightman
Maybe a rookie guard will give him his shoestrings back. Those things make a great noose.
43 posted on 07/16/2012 7:58:11 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Stevens, Remington, and Mossberg all make good zombie blasters.)
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To: Jay Redhawk

We can only hope for some “jailhouse justice”.

“Accidents” happen.


44 posted on 07/16/2012 8:01:21 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Student0165
Back then, you couldn't drive around Athens with your windows down, lest someone might toss a diploma in your lap.

Her name was indeed Jan Kemp. She sued UGA and won. Today, as a Ga Tech grad, I freely admit that UGA has become an outstanding academic school.

45 posted on 07/16/2012 8:07:46 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: mass55th
Before setting him on fire, they should figure out a way to clone him, and then kill his clones, set them on fire, and feed them to dogs, too. They also should raze the entire campus, bulldoze it over, and then use it as a nuclear waste dump site.

Am I being too lenient here?

46 posted on 07/16/2012 8:12:18 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Third Person
She clashed often with Paterno over who should discipline football players when they got into trouble. The conflict with such an iconic figure made her very unpopular around campus.

This sickens me. For decades, Paterno was billed as this staunch by-the-rules disciplinarian who ran a clean program. We now find out that Paterno makes Jackie Sherrill look like Bear Bryant.

47 posted on 07/16/2012 8:15:59 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat
"Am I being too lenient here?"

You're just an old softy ;-)

48 posted on 07/16/2012 8:22:31 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: MinorityRepublican

LOL, nice!


49 posted on 07/16/2012 9:04:03 PM PDT by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
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To: Lurker

A deep look suggests that the president of the university at the time, Graham Spanier, who is a big LGBT promoter, likely gave the whole thing a wink and a nod, and swept it under the rug for another 10 years.


50 posted on 07/17/2012 3:00:19 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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