Joe Paterno Deserved to Get Sacked and Then Some

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What do I know? I was just the head coach!
​Earlier this morning, Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse penned a column bemoaning the epic fall of Joe Paterno, the iconic face of Penn State who has won more football games than any other college coach in the modern era. Last night, the school's board of trustees canned Paterno before he could finish his 45th and final season, in the wake of his failure to properly report allegations of child sex abuse committed by his longtime friend and former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky.

Strouse argues Paterno deserves to finish out the season and that he is being demonized for merely having a "peripheral connection" to the scandal. It's an incredulous argument given what we know about Paterno's role and our mission at New Times to viciously tear down sacred cows involved in evil acts.

Based on the grand jury report, Paterno had a direct link to the accusations leveled against Sandusky when in 2002 graduate assistant Mike McQueary informed the head coach about the rape of a 10-year-old kid he had witnessed.

Paterno told investigators McQueary didn't provide specifics, but that the graduate assistant (now a Penn State assistant coach) admitted to seeing Sandusky "in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy."

The grand jury report also notes that when Paterno informed athletic director Tim Curley about what McQueary had seen, JoePa described Sandusky's conduct as "disturbing" and "inappropriate."

Paterno ended his involvement there. He never pressed Curley or other school administrators to find out if the cops were called, and he never reported the alleged crime to law enforcement. JoePa was at peace knowing he had kicked it up the chain of command.

Had Paterno acted morally by following up to make sure the incident was investigated by police, he probably would have prevented Sandusky from terrorizing other children, which is described in sickening graphic detail in the grand jury report.

Strouse cheapened the significance and gravity of Sandusky's predatory behavior right under Paterno's nose by saying there are more important things to worry and report about, like poverty and attacks on free speech.

It is an important national story because Paterno has long been canonized as a force for good. He's been held up as a paragon of moral virtue who transcended one of the most corrupt institutions in America: collegiate athletics. But when he really needed to use that moral virtue, Paterno chose not to.

Given the chance, it's a subject matter New Times would expose, not defend.

So good riddance, JoePa.

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Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

Ahh the religion of football is almost as strong as that other institution that likes to molest boys and cover it up. The Catholick church. Bye bye bye Jo Pa!

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

Chuck Strousse is my hero and he's also right. Convicting Joe Paterno of any wrongdoingand/or impugning his reputation by association to the activities of these twodepraved sexual predators is not only slanderous but violates every statue ofdecency this country USED to have. Joe Paterno is an icon of integrity with61 years of rock-solid ethics and old-time values - to hold him responsible in any way istypical America's favorite act of shirking reality - The Blame Game - always adollar late and a day short. Where were the authorities when it WAS reported?Its especially galling to listen as all these keyboard jurists, not a singleone having been there or possessing any facts other than the media reports. That's why Strousse is an editor and you just a troll writer. SHAMEon all of you - if you had one iota of any. Paterno is resigning because he isresigned to the harsh reality America is A Pathetic nation having sold out toFaust, one that now embodies puritanical hypocrisy, and has completely abandoned it’s onceproud social decency in it's collective ability to discern between emotionalreaction and truth.That not one of you "bandwagon "journalists  were there hardly validates your investigative credentials.

RealTruthofMiami
RealTruthofMiami

I may disagree with you often, but you are 100% correct. I was shocked your editor took that stance and I hope he reconsiders his position and issues another article on the matter. I frankly can't understand how Joe Paterno can even sleep at night knowing he could have PREVENTED other attacks.

JohnnyB
JohnnyB

 It's almost comical if it wasn't so horribly sad. Bob here seems to come from the same generation as Paterno. A bunch of old morons who look the other way. Who would rather protect a friend and "the Team" than innocent children. That may have been your world, but it's not ours any more, thank goodness.

Shadow
Shadow

Sadly, I think what this is gonna boil down to, is going to take the attention off the kids that were abused, and turn it into a "what football team are you a fan of deal". People who want to bring Joe Paterno down are gonna go after him with a one track mind. Quite frankly I think there are a score of people involved in this "cover-up" and I am thinking it goes from the top down including the police.3 minutes ago · LikeUnlike

Grant
Grant

You are so fucked in the head.

Anon
Anon

social decency? old time values? rock-solid ethics? puritanical hypocrisy? what you smoking, old man? our country has never had these but for veiled delusions.

wecoyote77
wecoyote77

bob johnson, i wonder if you would feel the same if it was your kid

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

And just HTF do you KNOW that? Another crack pipe spoke dream?

shadow
shadow

But still I reiterate...it is from the top down...there is so much cover up here it is beyond belief. There were cops aware of this, I don't care who says not...sure Joe should have done more, but the entire story has yet to come out. I am sure there are gonna be more shockwaves to follow

RealTruthofMiami
RealTruthofMiami

Another blind asshole. I went to the U and I'm not blind about what they did. Grow up. Had he just followed up or called the police this animal would have been behind bars earlier. I know no more or less than what you know about this story. Use some fucking logic instead of writing about bullshit.

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