It is blatantly unfair that the media have put Joe Paterno's face on this mess. The grand jury did not find him negligent in any way.
Read the grand jury transcript: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/documents/sandusky-grand-jury-report11052011.html
The 28 year-old graduate assistant who witnessed that horrendous criminal act against a child did not report it to police. When, on the advice of his father, he told Coach Paterno he did not tell Paterno the truth
. He characterized the act as "inappropriate" and "horseplay". That is very much like calling what Oswald "gave" JFK a "double love tap".
Still, troubled by the graduate assistant's concern, Paterno very appropriately reported the matter to his supervisor and his supervisor's supervisor and asked (and trusted) them to investigate the matter. According to the sworn grand jury testimony such was the full extent of Paterno's involvement. And again, the grand jury did not find Paterno to have been negligent in any way.
Now, with 20/20 hindsight, the media are shrilly claiming that JoePA "should have done more". The simple fact of the matter is that had Paterno been told the complete truth he would have called the Pennslyvania State Police faster than he benched Franco Harris for a "bad attitude" before a bowl game for the National Championship.
Please appreciate that Joseph V. Paterno is far more than "just a coach"; truly, he is the Pope of Pennsylvania. By his conduct, good deeds, singular achievements, and philanthropy he has earned such status -- and power. Coach never abused that singular power. So he knew that any charge he would make to the police based on a graduate assistant's accusation of "inappropriate horseplay" would be over-proscueted
. Therefore, he asked his supervisors to investigate the charge so understated
to him by a graduate assistant. Clearly in retrospect, his trust in his supervisors was grossly misplaced.
And for that Paterno was fired?!
I live in the Republic of Texas where the highest paid state employee is Longhorns' football coach Mack Brown. He is paid FIVE TIMES as much as JoePa. Yet, despite accepting a salary far below his market worth, Paterno has donated millions to PSU (including PSU's main library) while living in a modest house that, aside from historic value, wouldn't sell for $100 grand.
And the Trustees fired him to satiate the media beast. No wonder the students in Happy Valley are rioting and turning over media trucks. I feel like joining them!
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