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Good bye to Papa Joe

Houston, TX - Joe Paterno, the 46 year veteran coach from Penn State, left this world last Sunday. It was a shock to those outside the family. People knew the coach was ill, but his demise was not expected this soon.

Papa Joe was assaulted in the media by righteous bastards with high sounding words about "moral duties." People felt Paterno owed more to the alleged juvenile victims of a sexual assault. Those very same people did not give so much as a nod to the fact that Paterno followed policy to the letter. Apparently the rules don't matter to them.

The cowardly trustees of Penn State University, hiding behind secret meetings and looking for scapegoats to throw under the bus fired the beloved coach. Just in case further proof was needed that none of these people have any measurable back bone what so ever, they fired him with a phone call. Not one of these trustees are worthy of the title.

Joe was sick at the end of his career. Fighting a lethal disease like cancer requires a strong will to live. You cannot help but wonder how much of Paterno's will was sapped by the unwarranted personal attacks on him. Having the remainder of what was to be his last season snatched away from him in the name of lining up sacrificial lambs almost certainly did not help that will.

Rest well Papa, you more then earned it.

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
- Joe Paterno

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bec_87rb From: bec_87rb Date: January 30th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would you have done the same thing in his place? Allowed a retired assitant coach to bring underpriviledged children alone to your facilities' locker room after you had officially apprised your bosses he might be a sexual predator? That seems really dumb to me. No offense, but does that make sense to you?

Edited at 2012-01-30 07:41 pm (UTC)
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uplinktruck From: uplinktruck Date: February 1st, 2012 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
That depends on a number of things. The primary factor is something that I doubt you and I will never know. What was Paterno told after he made the report?

Without knowing that, I cannot answer your question because I wasn't there. I do know the coach. Worked with him many times. I firmly believe that had he been led to believe the charges were substantiated, he would have done something.

Sadly, with Paterno gone and unable to defend himself it is almost certain that someone will throw him under the bus.
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darzoni From: darzoni Date: February 22nd, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The rude truth is that if the trustees had done the right thing and reported the issue, one of /them/ would have claimed all the credit. Jerks.
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uplinktruck From: uplinktruck Date: February 23rd, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
And you will notice that none of the trustees are looking at criminal charges. However they are looking at going back to a last rated football program.

Look at the bright side. Maybe that is the equivalent of college Hell.
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