Even though a police investigation had cleared him of the (initial) 1998 charges, Sandusky - in his coaching prime
- mysteriously and suddenly
"retired" at the end of that season. To me that would seem to be an attitude of "zero tolerance" on the part of Coach Paterno. What more could he do? Call the police that had already cleared Sandusky? As Sandusky, absent any conviction, was out of a job he negotiated both a cash settlement from PSU and continuing access to its facilities.
Clearly though, Sandusky did not want to "retire": my alma mater
, U.Va., reportedly offered him the head coaching position in he had sought in 2000, but mysteriously and suddenly
withdrew the offer. As Virginia's retiring coach was a protege of Coach Paterno it does not take much imagination to think that JoePa "dropped a dime".
Regarding the "locker room incident" McQueary testifed under oath
to the grand jury that he was purposefully vague
with Paterno, out of deference to his age and generation. He said, "You don't talk about those things with Joe Paterno
Despite having the benefit of only
a highly sanitized version
of what had happened Coach Paterno told
his boss, the Director of Athletics and his boss' boss, the Vice President for Administration to investigate
. Both those individuals have now been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. Not only did they commit those crimes, they violated both Paterno's trust and, given his earned position, directive
To me, the $60 million "fine", the $65 million in bowl revenue that the Big 10 will withhold and donate to charity, the devastation of its football program, and the huge civil settlements still yet to come are insufficient prices to pay for the craven "institutional failure" on such a scale.
What more within the law or not causing a tort
could Paterno have done? As Captain, he went down with the ship. As Paterno already has six feet of mud on his face, let's let him rest.
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