Skip to comments.The woman who stood up to Joe Paterno
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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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.
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.
He wasn’t a victim, he was an enabler. The kids who were molested are the real victims.
Football is to Penn State what islam is to Mecca. It is a violent, sodomizing cult.
Do you think it could have been as miserable as having a grown man...? Well, you know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, that's what I said
Great civilizations and sports dynastys they've all been built on
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!
You may be a master of understatement but I agree with you completely.
JoPed conveniently died, lying through his teeth right to the end.
I hope somebody destroys the statue of him.
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.
Way to begin, sparky.
And he became even more brazen because he knew the school would look the other way.
Oops. That really was an accident.
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.
Your tagline is extremely thought provoking. Well done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?????)
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?
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.
“Even the old adage Ill 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.
You're assuming these people have a conscience. They don't. Sandusky still refuses to admit what he did. He probably never will.
Well, you must be right because otherwise, how could they do it in the first place, over and over and over again?
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.
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Yup, and with Sandusky on suicide watch it's going to be next to impossible for him to do the only honorable thing left.
ROFL!!! Yeah!!! That’s awesome!!
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.
Corrected in light of the conclusion made in the Freeh report.
We can only hope for some “jailhouse justice”.
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.
Am I being too lenient here?
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.
You're just an old softy ;-)
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.