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An open letter to the powers that be at Penn State

Dear mindless idiots in charge of Penn State,

Joe Paterno is quite possibly the most straight up, by the book coach in college football today. Over the years he repeatedly demonstrated this fact on an off the field. No one, until now, has ever had the slightest reason to question Paterno's integrity or character. 

When it came to the allegations of Jerry Sandusky's pedophilia, Paterno did exactly what Penn State's rules and state law required him to do. He reported it. Everyone agrees the coach did what he was supposed to do.

Paterno isn't legally implicated in the Sandusky case; a grand jury report detailed how he followed protocol in going to Curley with a graduate assistant's account of an instance of abuse in a shower at Penn State's Lasch Football Building in March 2002. But there was never a report to law or child protection authorities — the basis for charges against Curley and Schultz — and Paterno has been condemned for not following up on such a serious issue.
- USA Today

The people doing the condemning have never been in a situation where there is a clear chain of command. Nor have they been in an environment as political as a major college sports program. Imagine going over the heads of your bosses under circumstances like that and finding out you were wrong.

Paterno played by all the rules, both written and unwritten. Now, because people at the university failed to adequately follow up on those allegations one of the most decent human beings on the planet is being put up as a sacrificial goat.

Oh one more thing. Those annual checks the college gets from grateful alumni supporting your fund raisers? You can forget about most of those. Those checks came from people who remember a more honorable time at your university.

Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.
- Ernest Bevin

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bec_87rb From: bec_87rb Date: November 9th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean you would have done the same in his position back then?
uplinktruck From: uplinktruck Date: November 9th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't understand. I meant that he did exactly what he was supposed to do. And now is being scapegoated.
uplinktruck From: uplinktruck Date: November 9th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boy did I misread that. Sorry, Let me try that again.

I'm not certain because I was not standing in his shoes. I have no idea what he was told. For all we know, he was told that it was handled and not to worry about it. He could have been told the complaint was unfounded. we simply do not know.

I do know that is one serious complaint. I've head to deal with it myself as an employer with an errant employee. (I fired that son-of-bitch as the police were hauling his slimy self out the door in cuffs.) Perhaps that answers your question.

But without being there, it is not possible or fair for me to speculate.

I can say that I know the man and have talked with him at length several times. The idea that he would turn his back on something like this simply does not fit.
bec_87rb From: bec_87rb Date: November 9th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Got it.
darzoni From: darzoni Date: November 14th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so the media is omitting facts again. Cuz I was left with the impression that Paterno hadn't reported it.

Now I'm mad all over again at the rotten situation.
uplinktruck From: uplinktruck Date: November 14th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, as the article I quoted states, everyone agrees he reported it.
darzoni From: darzoni Date: November 15th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
No wonder the student body was rioting.
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