Skip to comments.Penn State Said to Be Planning Paterno Exit Amid Scandal
Posted on 11/08/2011 11:40:43 AM PST by bjorn14
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Joe Paternos tenure as coach of the Penn State football team will soon be over, perhaps within days or weeks, in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal that has implicated university officials, according to two people briefed on conversations among the universitys top officials.
The board of trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Paternos exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other coach at college footballs top level and who made Penn State a prestigious national brand will not survive to coach another season. Discussions about how to manage his departure have begun, according to the two people.
Paterno was to have held a news conference Tuesday but the university canceled it less than an hour before it was scheduled to start.
At age 84 and with 46 seasons as the Penn State head coach behind him, Paternos extraordinary run of success one that produced tens of millions of dollars for the school and two national championships, and that established him as one of the nations most revered leaders, will end with a stunning and humiliating final chapter.
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The locker room custodial staff all knew about it but were afraid to say anything about it for fear of losing their jobs. Why?
Third hand? Sorry, but he got a first hand report from a witness to the event. He did the minimal to cover his ass and walked away.
You have someone come to you and tell you he saw someone having sex with a child, what are you going to do? Just tell your boss and walk away? or are you going to call the cops, or at the very least advise the witness to call the cops?
Joe Pa is no dummy, he knew exactly what he was doing.. he was protecting a friend, pure and simple, and that friend went on molesting for another 9 years.
There is no moral defense for Joe or his actions, and you can claim its a press lynching all you want, but its not. You do the right thing, this is a guy who claims his program is all about integrity, but he clearly showed none in his handling of this.
Penn State is done if Joe Pa isn’t gone and gone quickly.. No alumni or endowment is going to send money that way as long as he is still there.
I suspect highly that Penn State knew long before 2002, and Sandusky’s retirement in 1999 was a direct result of folks knowing and covering it up then. Now, THAT IS admittedly conjecture, but given how much of an “open secret” this guys behavior has turned out to be since this broke, I have a hard time believing 2002 was when it first started to come to light.
I really hope I am wrong about this....but I believe when all is said and done, we are going to find out that JoePa wasn’t the man, everybody thought he was.
It has been reported they were threatened with job loss if they squealed.
Joe Pa is trying to defend himself with I did the legal thing, which it appears he did.. but he didn’t do the right thing, and that’s why he’s done.
Sadly I suspect the more digging that goes on, we are going to find out he knew about Sandusky long before 02.. and that him “retiring” in 1999 from the program was likely a result of the fact folks knew what he was doing.
Conjecture at this point, but sadly I suspect that will likely come out.
The university police investigated the report in 1998. University attorneys reviewed the report against Sandusky in 1998.
The board of directors is canning their current president.
Tom Ridge is being considered to be the new head of the board.
I have to wonder. Was there a ‘special’ relationship between Sandusky and Spanier?
You're thinking that JoePa hires the janitorial staff?
Give it a rest. PSU was a corrupt institution. They are now cleaning house and everyone from Paterno up to the President are on their way out. More and more will come out.
That's possible, but I'm not willing to throw him under the bus especially after reading the grand jury report.
There seems to be some kind of thinking that Paterno knew all this was going on with Sandusky and when McQueary came to him he passed it on to Curley with a wink and a nod knowing that there would be a cover up.
I don't buy that at all.
Now, why would Curley & Schultz cover it up is a real interesting question because according to the Grand Jury report they clearly did.
So many questions, so few answers.
No, I'm not giving it up, unless more facts do come out. How about you? Why don't you give it up until the facts come out?
The Grand Jury report doesn't back up your claims.
You got that right! Paterno is gone. Retired. Relax and wait for the cross-examinations.
Give it a break. His locker room was Sandusky's playground. Joe kept quiet in 1998 knowing Joe was romping in his shower room with little boys. Joe kept quiet in 2002 knowing Joe was romping in his shower room with little boys. Joe kept quiet till they came to his door in 2009.
The worst part was the good guy was covering up for a person, who didn't deserve it.
It was not "his" locker room. He could not keep people out if they had a right to be there. Why can't you figure that out?
Joe kept quiet in 1998 knowing Joe was romping in his shower room with little boys.
Why do you think he knew about that? Because, because, because he was Joe Paterno with divine powers? LOL
Sandusky was investigated by police in 1998, and cleared. Again, what was Paterno supposed to do about that?
Maybe more will come out and I will stop defending Paterno. But based on what is out there he is getting smeared by people making a lot of assumptions.
Fact: In 1998 Sandusky was caught molesting a little boy in Joe's shower room.
Fact: In 2002 Sandusky was caught raping a little boy in Joe's shower room. What did the university do? They gave Sandusky the keys to the shower room when he retired?
Fact: The custodial staff witnessed Sandusky molesting little boys in Joe's shower room.
What type of atmosphere did Joe maintain over his locker room and staff that they were afraid of reporting little boys being molested in Joe's shower room.
As I suspected, which is likely why he retired in 99.
They knew, they covered it up then, and let it go on after.
As disgusting as this is on its surface just with the 02 allegations.. As the rocks get turned over, I really think you are going to see people turning a blind eye and covering up long before that at PSU and State College, PA.
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