NCAA fines PSU $60M, vacates all wins from 1998 Jan 23, 2012 13:17:21 GMT -5
Post by kchoya on Jan 23, 2012 13:17:21 GMT -5
No one is "flying off radar" on this. There's plenty of information out there for people to use in forming their opinions. Simply because you disagree with the position someone takes does not mean your opinion is more informed. That's a very elitist attitude.
Don't know what you've been reading, but there's certainly national outrage against the failings of all involved.
2. Paterno was not buddies with Sandusky. He told Sandusky in 1999, three years earlier, that he was not stepping aside as head coach, and, in other words, to get lost. He maintained no relationship with Sandusky. Sandusky was not an employee of Paterno's at the time of this incident, yet maintained relationships with current members of the PSU trustees, the very same trustees that had been trying to get rid of Paterno for years and seized the moment instead of accepting his offer to retire.
A "buddy" lets a molester hang around the program, use the facilities, be present in a suite at the stadium, etc. You really believe that Sandusky leaving in 1999 related solely to JoePa sticking around and not to the molesting problems back then?
3. Paterno told Sally Jenkins he didn't fully understand what the GA was telling him about Sandusky and that may well have played a role in him merely referring it elsewhere. While we may live in a world where such atrocities are more well known, for someone who was 75 and living much the same sheltered life he led when he moved to State College in 1950, it didn't hit home for him. The villain here is Sandusky, not Paterno. It is sometimes important to remember that.
That's excuse making of the highest degree. The guy was in charge of a million-dollar machine. Don't paint him as some simplistic Mayberry-type character. Simply because he's lived in the same house since 1970 and wears the same glasses he had in 1962, there is no excuse for what he failed to do.
Yes, Joe Paterno is a villian because he failed to act. Is Sandusky the bigger villian? Probably. But anyone with an IQ over 90 knows that it is simply wrong for a grown man to be showering naked with an unrelated young boy in a college locker room. No other details need be known for JoePa to "fully understand what the GA was telling him."