Let's Open The Floor To Innuendo and
Hearsay - Originally Posted 2/3/12
Coach Joe Paterno passed on Sunday January
22nd, 2012 amidst a tremendous controversy regarding his "legacy".
There are two camps. The Paterno Camp looks at Paterno's
long tenure at the helm of Penn State's Football Program...his
stewardship of the players and his commitment to making Penn State
a great place as his lasting and positive legacy....
|Penn State Football Coach,
Joe Paterno, In Classic Form
During a Memorial Service held at Penn State
on Thursday January 26th, 2012, Penn State players such as Charles
Pittman, Jimmy Ceffalo, Todd Blackledge, Michael Robinson and
Michael Mauti made a strong case for Paterno's positive impact on
the lives of the players, the families and the thousands of
regular alumni who experienced Penn State.
During that same Memorial Service, it was
left to Nike Sports Group President, Phil Knight to sound an
ominous tone. Knight used his time to provide some
historical details on his relationship with Paterno. Knight
spoke of Paterno as a hero...perhaps a man who could inspire
flawed individuals to greatness...but Knight also took time to
discuss, briefly, the "scandal" which had enveloped Paterno and
which perhaps put Paterno into a medical tailspin which ultimately
Mr. Knight spoke of how Paterno had been made
aware of certain awful acts being committed by a Paterno's friend
and confidant, Jerry Sandusky and passed the information up a
chain of command to the leaders of a "world class university" so
that a proper handling of the matter could be developed.
Phil Knight is a man and like any other man
he is biased by his relationship with Joe Paterno. But, he
made a observation which up until that point had been under the
table. Once the scandal was revealed by Pennsylvania
Attorney General Linda Kelly, Paterno was pilloried, tried and
convicted in the court of public opinion and tossed into the
gutter like a dead cat...Both Ms. Kelly and Pennsylvania Governor
Tom Corbett stated that Paterno was guilty of nothing but "he
could have done more"
|Pennsylvania Governor, Tom
Corbett, At The Center Of A Troubling Handling Of The
Subsequent to these damning statements the
Penn State Board Of Trustees sought to get ahead of the scandal by
firing Coach Joe Paterno. The news reached JoePA by a phone
call from Steve Garban, the Chairman of The Board. Sixty one
years of service, donations to the university, a lifetime of
dedication to Penn State...done with a phone call by a Board of
Directors who must have know all about the situation...now
submitted for your examination is a report from the NY Times on
these events...all The Raptor can says is: Wow!
"By PETE THAMEL and MARK
Published: January 18, 2012
The board, scrambling to address the child sexual abuse scandal
involving the university and its football program, had already
decided to remove Graham B. Spanier as president. Then, many of
those present recalled this week, the tension in the room mounted.
Joe Paterno’s future was next up. Surma announced that an
agreement appeared to have been reached to fire Paterno, too — the
trustees having determined that he had failed to take adequate
action when he was told that one of his longtime assistants had
been seen molesting a 10-year-old boy in Paterno’s football
Surma, those present recalled, surveyed the other trustees — there
are 32 — for their opinions and emotions before asking one last
question: “Does anyone have any objections? If you have an
objection, we’re open to it.”
No one in the room spoke. There was silence from the phone
speakers. Paterno’s 46-year tenure as head coach of one of the
country’s storied college football programs was over, and the
gravity of the action began to sink in.
“It was hard for us to want to get to the point where we were
going to say that,” said Ira M. Lubert, a board member who works
in private equity. “I was laying in bed that night shaking. And I
couldn’t sleep — thinking: We just terminated Joe Paterno.”
The 100 or so hours beginning with the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, a
former defensive coordinator for the football team, had built to a
crescendo by that Wednesday night’s meeting of the trustees. By
then, the campus was aflame with discontent. Penn State students
and faculty, its alumni and its growing number of outside critics
had been roiled by anger and confusion, embarrassment and sorrow.
Reporters had inundated State College. It was, plainly put, the
most trying time in Penn State’s 156-year history.
On Wednesday, in a conference room in New Jersey, a group of 13
trustees spoke to The New York Times in detail about that week — a
somewhat frantic, certainly exhausting week that led to the
firings of Paterno and Spanier and to the disturbances on campus
that those dismissals set off.
The board decided to share its story because it grew weary of
hearing criticism, which included calls from alumni who started a
group known as Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship in an
effort to replace the current board members. The trustees, over
three hours, described how they had felt blindsided by Spanier’s
failure to keep them informed of the nature and scope of the
Pennsylvania attorney general’s investigation of Sandusky, along
with the investigation of university officials.
Spanier, two other senior university administrators and Paterno
had all given testimony before a criminal grand jury by late
spring of 2011. They had been questioned extensively about what
they had done after learning of a report in 2002 that said
Sandusky had molested a young boy in the showers of the football
building. According to the trustees, Spanier never informed them
of any of that before Sandusky’s arrest on Nov. 5.
The trustees also laid out what they said were three key reasons
for firing Paterno: his failure to do more when told about the
suspected sexual assault in 2002; what they regarded as his
questioning of the board’s authority in the days after Sandusky’s
arrest; and what they determined to be his inability to
effectively continue coaching in the face of continuing questions
surrounding the program.
The trustees, who had not spoken publicly in any detail since the
firings, also disclosed that, while having fired Paterno, they
were still honoring the terms of his contract and are treating him
financially as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 season.
To some trustees, Paterno failed in not reporting to the police
what he had been told of Sandusky’s suspected assault. Some of the
trustees were also upset that Paterno was seen leading “We are
Penn State” cheers on his lawn with students and fans who had
gathered after Sandusky’s arrest, which some board members viewed
That Paterno knew of the nature of the suspected 2002 assault,
which he stated in his grand jury testimony, was enough for some
to decide that he had not acted appropriately in simply informing
the university’s athletic director, Tim Curley, and another top
official, Gary Schultz. Both of them have been charged with
failure to report to the authorities what they knew about the
incident and for subsequently lying to a grand jury.
“To me, it wasn’t about guilt or innocence in a legal sense,” the
trustee Kenneth C. Frazier, the chief executive at Merck, said of
Paterno’s decision not to go to police. “It was about these norms
of society that I’m talking about: that every adult has a
responsibility for every other child in our community. And that we
have a responsibility not to do the minimum, the legal
requirement. We have a responsibility for ensuring that we can
take every effort that’s within our power not only to prevent
further harm to that child, but to every other child.”
Saturday, Nov. 5
At 5 p.m., the trustees met via telephone for an emergency
The trustees on the conference call who had read the details of
the charges against Sandusky and the two senior university
officials felt a distinct lack of urgency by the university. Many
were irked that Spanier had released a statement in full support
of Curley and Schultz, who were indicted for perjury. The trustees
were floored, they said, that Spanier did not seem to recognize
the severity of the situation.
“We deal with crisis every day at this university,” they recalled
Spanier saying. “We won’t have a problem with this.”
The trustees, meanwhile, were shocked by the charges — and caught
completely unaware. There had been reports in The Patriot News of
Harrisburg that a grand jury was investigating a claim that
Sandusky had molested a local high school boy. But Sandusky had
been retired from Penn State for years.
“There was a lack of information being provided to us,” said Mark
H. Dambly, a trustee and the president of a real estate
development company. “We found out about it when the rest of the
world found out about it.”
Lubert, for his part, had just dropped off his son and
daughter-in-law after brunch when he got a call from his son while
driving home to Philadelphia. His son told him that Curley and
Schultz had just been indicted on perjury charges.
“That’s impossible,” Lubert said. “If they were, I would know
His son responded: “Do yourself a favor and when you get home turn
on the television. It doesn’t matter what channel.”
Anne Riley, another trustee, said she would always remember being
at the opera, sitting in seat 15, Row B, of the balcony, when she
heard the news. The trustee Keith E. Masser was playing golf in
Naples, Fla., and found out by peeking at his phone. Frazier heard
about the severity of the situation while sitting in his car
outside a burger place.
The trustees quickly realized that Spanier had chosen not to keep
During a board meeting last May, after Spanier had testified
before the grand jury, the board received a short briefing — the
trustees estimated it was 5 to 10 minutes — on Sandusky’s being
under investigation by a grand jury.
The briefing, which took place during a “seminar” session not open
to the public, included an explanation of what a grand jury
investigation was by the university counsel Cynthia Baldwin.
(Baldwin had sat in on the grand jury testimony but was not
legally allowed to speak to the trustees about the contents of the
testimony, according to Lanny J. Davis, external counsel and
crisis management adviser to the office of the Penn State
president and to the board of trustees.)
The trustees this week said that they were disappointed that
Spanier, who was legally allowed to speak about his grand jury
testimony, did not brief the board on the nature of the questions
by the grand jury about the 2002 episode.
“He should have told us a lot more,” Lubert said. “He should have
let us know much more of the background. He was able to legally
share his testimony and I think that he had an obligation to do
that with the board so we could get more engaged with the
The mention of the grand jury investigation by Baldwin and Spanier
was so brief that Surma barely remembered it. No one asked
“Part of being a leader at that level is to be a risk manager and
to think through what might happen,” the trustee Karen B. Peetz,
an executive with Bank of New York Mellon, said of Spanier.
Spanier has not been charged in the perjury case. He told the
grand jury he was never told that Sandusky’s encounter with the
young boy in the showers in 2002 involved sexual assault.
Spanier declined to comment for this article when reached on his
cellphone. He listened, but would not respond, when told how the
trustees had described his actions.
Paul Suhey, a former football captain for Paterno and an
orthopedic surgeon in the State College area, was the only trustee
on campus for the 5 p.m. conference call as others dialed in from
around the country.
“I was pretty upset,” Suhey said. “I knew we had a problem.”
Steve Garban, the board’s chairman, admitted to not reading the
grand jury’s charges until late Sunday night, more than 24 hours
after it went public. After he did, he felt that Paterno, his
former coach, lifelong friend and occasional drinking buddy,
needed to be let go.
But the trustees concluded their call with a deepening skepticism
about how the university administrators would handle it.
Peetz, the bank executive, said she came to a simple conclusion:
“We are up against the challenge of our lives.”
Sunday, Nov. 6
The trustees met again Sunday night, some of them now on the scene
in State College, having arrived by private plane or car. When
they met, they realized that Spanier and others had already
arranged for lawyers from two firms to be present, as well as
representatives from a public relations firm. They were meant to
brief the trustees on how to handle the crisis.
“It was indicative of the culture,” Dambly said. “We showed up and
it was already determined what law firm it was going to be.”
The Sunday meeting ended with the trustees eager to issue a news
release, expressing a commitment to a full internal investigation
and sympathy for any victims.
In the interviews this week, they accused Spanier of having
altered the release. It was made to appear as a joint release from
Spanier and the board, and diluted the language involving the
“I got up the next morning to read the press release online and it
really didn’t reflect what we had come to the conclusion of as a
board,” Lubert said. “I remember reading that, and I was sick. I
then knew we had a serious problem.”
Surma added: “The big difference that I remember was that we had
very explicit comments about the independent investigation and
what it would investigate and its freedom of access. What came out
was something much different than that.”
Garban said he soon informed Spanier that he could no longer speak
for the university on the issue.
“I have to take some blame for this,” Garban said. “I still sort
of thought Graham could get us through this or help get us through
this. And he participated in writing the press release, and after
it came out, I knew it wasn’t right.”
Garban read the grand jury report after the meeting and regretted
not reading it sooner: “It was like, ‘Oh my God, Steve, where’ve
you been?’ It floored me.”
Tuesday, Nov. 8
On Tuesday, Surma and Garban met to have breakfast at the Nittany
Lion Inn around 7:30 a.m. Sandusky’s arrest had been headline news
for four days. Paterno was supposed to meet with reporters for his
weekly conversation about the team’s next game.
A 1959 Penn State graduate, Garban was a former captain of the
football team, and he subsequently had a 33-year career at the
university. But several members of the board were upset with his
leadership during the days after Sandusky’s arrest. Garban had
remained loyal to Spanier for too long, some felt; other trustees
wanted Spanier gone.
The trustees, indeed, were clamoring for a change. Garban
recognized the discontent among the board members. So Garban and
Surma asked for time alone. Sitting at the breakfast table, Garban
broached the subject of changing the board’s leadership before
Surma could even bring it up.
“John, let’s not go there,” Garban recalled telling Surma. “You
need to take this over. And let’s agree — take it over.”
Stepping into the power vacuum, Surma joined Garban at Old Main,
the central administration building on campus, to meet with
university personnel, including Spanier. Surma said that it became
clear to him that Spanier was no longer in control of the
university. Surma said Spanier seemed to realize as much himself.
“Do I have support of the board?” Spanier asked Garban.
“I can’t answer that question,” Garban recalled replying.
The trustees promptly canceled Paterno’s weekly news conference.
It was evidence of how much the board’s confidence in Paterno had
Then Surma said he started making preparations for what might come
next with Spanier. He handed out orders to the university’s
counsel and the public relations firms working on its behalf.
Perhaps the most important moment came when Surma met with Rodney
A. Erickson, the university’s executive vice president and
provost. Erickson explained to Surma that he did not know anything
about the allegations until shortly before Sandusky was arrested.
Surma believed Erickson was sincere.
Then Surma hinted that Erickson, who had been looking to retire in
the near future, might be asked to take over the presidency.
“If it comes to it, we may need you,” Surma told Erickson.
Erickson simply replied, “O.K.”
Spanier’s inquiry about the board’s support set the agenda for
what would be a conference call among trustees at 7 p.m. The call
lasted two to three hours. Surma chaired the discussion and told
the trustees that Erickson could be an alternative to Spanier.
That Erickson, who was widely respected by the trustees for his
broad understanding of the university, said he would be willing to
replace Spanier gave the trustees confidence about firing Spanier.
But the trustees still had to make a final decision on Paterno.
The seriousness of the task was not lost on the board members, and
it was decided that the board would meet in person the next night.
“I’d like everyone to come together tomorrow and look people in
the eyes,” Lubert recalled saying during the call.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
The trustees glumly descended on State College for what they knew
would be a long and painful day. Lubert said that he had trouble
sleeping. Peetz recalled feeling as if she were an executioner
going to the guillotine. Stephanie Nolan Deviney, a trustee and a
partner at the law firm Fox Rothschild in Exton, Pa., remembered
going to the bedroom of her 7-year-old to kiss him before she left
for State College.
“I thought of the mothers of all those boys in the presentment,”
Deviney recalled this week. “And I thought about what they must
feel when they kiss their sons good night.”
The trustees gathered in a conference room at the Penn Stater at 7
p.m. In a rare occurrence, the governor joined the meeting by
telephone for its duration. However, the soberness of the
discussion was broken up by the clamor of tool-belted workers
crawling around under the table trying to fix the telephone line.
“Governor,” Surma asked every few minutes, “are you still with
The trustees first discussed Spanier’s status. The trustees said
that they sensed there was a consensus about Spanier’s future as
the president. Earlier, Spanier had tried to submit his
resignation, but Garban and Surma did not accept it. Garban told
Spanier that the board felt it needed to deal with the matter
itself. So, instead, the trustees paged through Spanier’s
contract, and then decided to fire him. They named Erickson the
Then the trustees decided the fate of Paterno, who had come to
Penn State as a young assistant coach in 1950 and who had helped
build it into a national university, to which he donated more than
$4 million. The 13 trustees interviewed Wednesday said that
Paterno did not reach out to them before the Nov. 9 board meeting,
and some said that it would not have mattered, because they did
not believe that he could say anything to save his job.
Wick Sollers, Paterno’s lawyer, issued a statement Wednesday in
response to the accounts offered by the trustees: “After learning
of the alleged incident in 2002, Joe Paterno reported it
immediately and fully to his superiors at the university. He
believed these officials, who had the authority and responsibility
to conduct investigations, would act appropriately. He did what he
thought was right with the information he had at the time. Blaming
Joe Paterno for the failure of administration officials and the
board to properly investigate Jerry Sandusky is unjustified.”
On that Wednesday night in November, though, the only thing left
for the board to do was to figure out how to carry out the firing.
Could representatives safely show up at Paterno’s home amid the
media frenzy? Was it realistic to expect Paterno, then 84, to meet
with the trustees? The trustees decided to fire him by telephone,
a decision that many board members interviewed expressed as their
Shortly before 10 p.m., Fran Ganter, the associate athletic
director for football, delivered an envelope to Paterno’s home,
just off Penn State’s campus. Inside the envelope was a telephone
number. Paterno called the number, and Garban answered. Then he
passed the telephone to Surma, who was seated next to him. Surma
asked if Paterno could hear him O.K. Paterno said that he could.
Then Surma told Paterno of the trustees’ decision. “The board of
trustees has determined effective immediately you are no longer
the football coach,” Surma recalled saying.
Then he heard a click. Paterno hung up.
Surma and Garban sat at the table for a moment, numb. Then the
telephone rang again. Surma answered. It was Paterno’s wife, Sue,
who said, during a short conversation: “After 61 years, he
deserved better.” Then she hung up on Surma.
Board members at the meeting lingered and eventually decided that
they would join Surma at a news conference at a ballroom elsewhere
in the Penn Stater. The ballroom quickly filled as hundreds of
onlookers gathered. Trustees sat on a raised dais behind Surma,
who sat stoically as Garban turned over the news conference to
Then Surma announced to a room full of reporters and television
cameras, and to the country watching at home, that Penn State’s
board of trustees had fired Joe Paterno."
The Raptor recalls lady from Pittsburgh who
called into a show after the Paterno Memorial...she represents the
other Paterno Camp...The Haters. These so called Haters are
tied by their distaste for the bad things Paterno did. The
list is lengthy...Paterno manipulated the football schedule, he
threatened High School Coaches, Paterno eliminated Pitt from the
football schedule as a grudge because Pitt joined the Big East
Conference and most importantly, Paterno amassed a fortune in land
deals as a result of insider info.
So Ms. Pittsburgh as The Raptor calls her
said "all this admiration is well and good but, Paterno allowed a
child to be raped at Penn State and did nothing about it" as if he
was a villain. How can you defend Paterno? It's impossible.
Underneath all this story is the culpability
of individuals like Governor Corbett. He seems to have been
avoiding a direct path towards releasing any information to the
public when he was presented with evidence during his tenure as
Attorney General. This could have created a groundswell of
criticism which may have tanked his run for Governor. Can
you imagine the angst of the Pennsylvania Republicans who loved
Paterno and lived in the great expanse of central Pennsylvania
only to have their icon vilified. Corbett would have
lost...if anything, Governor Corbett should produce any email or
correspondence from his election campaign which indicates a cover
up and he should resign if it is determined that he held the
And how about Sports Reporters like Mike
Lupica? Every chance he gets he goes down hard on Paterno.
For Lupica, Paterno has no legacy...he looks at an interview which
Paterno gave less than two weeks before he died. Paterno
said he was not very worldly so he was uncomfortable hearing
allegations regarding rape of a man...Reporters like Lupica have
repeatedly tied the molestation reports connected to the Catholic
Church as proof that Paterno was being disingenuous since Paterno
was Catholic and he should have known about that stuff....geeeze....
I think it's safe to say that Jerry Sandusky
is probably enjoying this...but keep in mind that his future is
none too bright...
|Former Penn State Football
Coach, Jerry Sandusky, In A Classic Pose After His Arrest
For Child Molestation
The Audible Sigh - Originally Posted
You all know the feeling...you are so
overwhelmed with that feeling of depression and ennui that you
issue the "audible sigh"...first made famous by former
Vice President, Al Gore during the Presidential Campaign of
2000. During debates held in the fall of 2000, Gore had the
nauseating habit of issuing audible sighs whenever eventual
winner, George W. Bush made one of his patently aggravating
Now it seems that with every new day there is
a new story coming from the Penn State Scandal which triggers the
audible sigh. Last evening was no exception as the world
learned the former Nittany Lion Head Football Coach, Joe Paterno,
is suffering from lung cancer.
The prognosis from the Paterno family is that
the cancer is "treatable" and that Coach Paterno should
make a full recovery. Sigh....
This newest development is certainly sad news
and it is probable that there will be some folks out there that
will look at it as a "justly deserved" ending to the
Coach's inability to do more to mitigate Jerry Sandusky's alleged
transgressions back in the period from 1998 to 2002 when Sandusky
did a lot of touching and a lot of trucking (sic).
As Penn State prepares to take the field
today, The Raptor will be watching to see if the Lions can win won
for Paterno. Hang in there Joe...
Innuendo And Hearsay To Center Stage - Originally Posted
The Raptor had to laugh. One of his
favorite TV Programs, "South Park" had jumped on the "bash Penn
State" bandwagon and put together a sobering episode which was
funny and sad at the same time. The episode "The Poor Kid.", had a
number of offensive segments such as one in which a social worker
is meeting with SP Principal Character, Eric Carman and says...
"Now it says here that
your mother was operating a meth lab,...and it also says here that
Penn State prefers to be losing at halftime, because at Penn
State, they like it when you're a little behind in the locker
room. That's a joke, did you get that one? It's a play on words,
we like to have fun here."
depending on your politics...then later on in the episode the same
social workers says to other unfortunate kids about to go into
"Now listen," the social
worker told the kids. "You're going to be put into a foster home,
so would you like to go to Neverland Ranch, the Catholic Church or
Penn State University? [Laughs] We're having fun here, aren't we?"
How awful is this?...the daily
news flash, the glaring commentary, Anderson Cooper talking to
John Walsh about "the cover-up", Former Seantor, Rick Santorum,
calling for Penn State to be banned from playing in a bowl game?!
Then, our old friend, Mike
McQuaery was in the news...
Penn State Assistant Football Coach, Mike
McQueary...On Administrative Leave Of Absence...
McQueary, said that he informed some police agency that Jerry
Sandusky was involved with a child in the shower in 2002 but
no agency can locate a report...of any kind. Now Michael
Issikopf, a NBC Investigative Reporter, is on TV as I write this
stating that McQueary played in beneficial fund raising football
game with Sandusky and a charity golf tournament...after he
witnessed Sandusky in the locker room in 2002 with the adolescent
male! Are you kidding me!...when will it end?!
On a different note, The Raptor
would like to examine and call out both Governor Tom Corbett (past
Attorney General) and present Attorney General Linda Kelly on this
matter. It was during Ms. Kelly's news conference to
announce the findings of the grand jury two weeks ago that she
used language such as..."Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno
informed other Penn State officials about Sandusky's actions and
is not suspected of wrong doing...but he could have done more"
Governor Corbett seems to have endorsed Kelly's position
Now, if Joe Paterno has been
fired for "not doing enough" shouldn't Corbett and Kelly face the
same fate? After all, then Attorney General began
investigating this matter in 2009 and he could have potentially
allowed Sandusky to continue with pedophile type activities for
almost 3 more years!
Sandusky Speaks! - Originally Posted
The Raptor was surprised to learn that Bob
Costas had interviewed Jerry Sandusky on his TV Show last evening.
A portion of the interview was shown this morning on MSNBC's
Morning Joe...What Sandusky said to Costas wasn't unusual but it
speaks volumes of how ill Sandusky must truly be. Mr. Sandusky
talked about how he liked to "horse around". He enjoyed
mentoring adolescent males and perhaps shower with them and maybe
participate in some towel snapping...yawn...c'mon Jerry get to the
point. Oh really?...your point is that you are completely innocent
of all these charges? Well...ooookkkkkaaaayyyyy...all is well!
So now folks like Joe Scarborough want Penn
State to voluntarily shut down their football program for one year
to suffer some sort of penalty as a result of this scandal.
Is one year enough? Can you imagine the logistics of this
initiative? All the collateral damage which has been seen so
far is minimal compared to the cancelation of a huge rolling
snowball....ya I know...it's about the victims! However, I am
willing to acknowledge that perhaps cooler heads should prevail.
Maybe, somehow Penn State could embark on a 10 year commitment to
benefit the victims by playing the games. This may be a
shallow concession coming from a Penn State Alumni but it's got to
be a better idea than shutting down the program.
Innuendo and Hearsay Update...Penn State Fans
as well as Penn State (Paterno) haters have long lived for the day
when Joe Paterno was no longer the head coach. There has
always been a painful realization by the Fans that there is
absolutely no one who could fill Paterno's shoes. But at the same
time the Haters have developed a extraordinary level of
"Schadenfreude" regarding Paterno.
For the haters, Paterno is an "old,
miserable, crotchety, curmudgeon of a man who is over rated as a
coach and should have retired years ago"...they now are publicly
calling Paterno great while privately cheering his demise...but
it's possible that there is another Paterno that no one knows
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno
Consider this...as previously mentioned Joe
Paterno knew about the Sandusky Problem After all, why did
Sandusky go from being the heir apparent head coach in 1998 to off
the team in 1999. By the year 2000 when Sandusky began
he post coach pedophile activities, Paterno was 70 years old.
Not ancient yet but let's face it...retirement was in his future.
But when the 2002 incident occurred, Paterno
did report the matter to his superiors and he may have sensed that
as a result of the pending "cover up" that future potential newly
hired coaches would ultimately pay a heavy price if the matter
ever saw the light of day. As a result, Paterno held on,
even though he was asked to resign in 2004 in the midst of a
downturn in the on field success of the football team.
Now in 2011, Paterno and the entire
University are facing immense pressure and it's possible that the
program will face overwhelming sanction. But with all of the
public furor erupting, Paterno has been relatively quiet. Like I
said, its all theory, innuendo and hearsay but it may be close to
the truth. Perhaps we will never know. The Raptor is
just not willing to curl in a corner and let the chips fall.
Let's Open The Floor - Originally
The news that Penn State Head Football Coach,
Joe Paterno, had been fired on Wednesday evening produced a
firestorm of protest and violence on the Penn State Campus.
The rioters were thought to be a few "bad apples" who took the
opportunity to go rogue. This incident, which was derided by
the media is a perfect example of what can go wrong in this
not-so-perfect world we live in.
The Penn State Board Of Trustees felt they
made the right decision in The Best Interest Of The
University"...I guess it didn't work out so well.
Lost in all this hub bub is the plight of the
nine "victims" of the scandal. Ironically, an attorney
representing some of these victims is worried that they could
become scapegoats...hmmmmm....you think? The attorney, Ben
Andreozzi, also stated that firing Coach Paterno was a mistake.
Pictured Here Are A Portion Of Over 15,000
Attendees Of A Candle Vigil Which Was Held At Penn State On
Friday, November 11th, 2011 In Suppoert Of The Victims Of
The Sandusky Scandal
The Raptor has been thinking of ways to give
this story some traction since it's shelf life as a major story is
tenuous. This morning it dawned on me to use some circular
logic in the same vein as Jason Whitlock had earlier this week.
You will recall that Whitlock, a sports reporter for Fox News,
opined that Penn State had some how controlled the events leading
up to the PA Attorney General's news conference last Saturday so
that Penn State Football could score a Public Relation coup with
the 409th victory of Joe Paterno's career.
So, lets open the floor to some innuendo and
hearsay. Sandusky was considered the "heir apparent" to
assume Head Coaching duties upon Paterno's retirement.
Unfortunately, the 1998 shower incident had soured the coronation
and Sandusky retired the following year. In order to soften
the blow (sic), the Penn State Administration continued to support
Sandusky's non-profit efforts. It was business as usual as
Sandusky showed up periodically with "young boys" at public events
such as the 1999 Alamo Bowl.
However, Sandusky had developed a insidious
plan to crash the Penn State University into chaos. That it
took almost 10 years to carry out is pure genius. Sandusky
found a perfect patsy at The Second Mile and reached out to touch
him...by showering him (sic) with gifts and attention. This
included a visit to Penn State to "see the gang"...maybe even get
an autograph or two.
On one particular evening in March 2002,
noticing that major doofus, Mike McQueary was hovering around the
Football Building attempting to make sure Sandusky kept his pants
on, the brutish former jilted Defensive Coordinator set his plan
in motion. Knowing full well that Penn State would never
want adverse publicity he engaged the victim and made sure
McQueary saw him do it.
The rest is history...McQueary told his
father (also a doofus) who told his son to not get involved but
"pass the info up the chain". The fact that Mr. McQueary then
drove around for 10 years with the story instead of doing
something is just as damning as Paterno's inaction. Could
old man McQueary have been a patsy too?...possibly...however,
Sandusky had done the deed...all those bastards that had blocked
his promotion to head coach would eventually get their just
desserts. Paterno, ... Spanier ... Curley ... gone and
Sandusky is STILL at home...planning his next dastardly deed...job
As The Shoe Drops (Ding Dong The Witch
Is Dead!)- Originally
In the light of a new day, The Raptor is
attempting to come to grips with the late breaking news which hit
the airwaves at 10:15 PM yesterday evening. The Penn State
University Board Of Trustees had convened for an emergency session
and decided that the enemies were Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno
and that they were collateral damage in the growing scandal
surrounding former Penn State Coach, Jerry Sandusky...
Seen In This Photo Of Penn State Officials
In Happier Times Are (Left to Right), Graham Spanier,
President...Tim Curley, Athletic Director and Joe Paterno,
Head Coach...All Have Been Dismissed From Their Positions By
The PSU Board Of Trustees...Paterno Had Just Been Recognized
For Coaching His 409th Victory
Sandusky, the real criminal in this
catastrophe could not be reach for comment. As The Raptor
stated yesterday, firing Joe Paterno will not change what happened
to the adolescent males who were molested by Mr. Sandusky.
Subsequent to phoning Coach Paterno to give
him the Board's decision, the spokesman for the Penn State Board,
John P. Surma, fielded questions from a stunned gathering of
University Officials, Students and the growing cadre of news
reporters coving this story. There really wasn't much to
disseminate...Spanier and Paterno had been fired to reduce the
intense scrutiny of their handling of the Sandusky Scandal "in the
best interests of Penn State University."
Can you fathom all this?...The Raptor is
mentally ticking through the collateral damage which has been
created through Jerry Sandusky's actions. Mike McQueary, Joe
Paterno, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, Graham Spanier, Penn State
University. Everything apparently hinging on Joe Paterno's
decision to NOT call the police in 2002 when Sandusky was
discovered by McQueary...oh really?
Well, every thing should be better now...the
wounds will heal...Penn State will carry on...Lou Holtz and Chris
Fowler can rest easy come game day. With Paterno not
handling the coaching responsibilities, Tom Bradley will
effectively gather his players to perform in front of 110,000 fans
and a large television audience. Perhaps the team will play
inspirational football and deliver a game ball to Coach
Paterno on his front porch.
Paterno can fade away while the Nation tries
to make the necessary changes to shackle predators like Sandusky
and his ilk. Will there be other shoes to drop in this
scandal...probably...most notably, can someone please give Mike
McQueary his walking papers to oblivion...perhaps if McQueray had
rescued the unfortunate victim and stuffed Sandusky in a locker
till the cops were called in, this whole matter would have ended
Unfortunately, it has allowed douche bags
like Mike Lupica (NYDaily), Jason Whitlock (FOX News), Chris
Fowler (ESPN), Andy Staples (Sports Illustrated) and Joe
Scarborough (MSNBC) to mope around asking why Joe Paterno didn't
do more. What?...is there some manual of moral culpability
that we all should bone up on?...if Paterno had called the police
instead of Tim Curley would he still be coaching? Geeeeze!
One final thought...the investigating Grand
Jury began reviewing the case in perhaps, 2008. Why didn't
someone associated with that panel act then? It appears that
Sandusky was enabled for three more years until he was arrested
the other day!
It's The Day After In Happy Valley (And
It's Still Sad) - Originally
Yesterday, The Raptor developed some of the
timeline regarding the "Jerry Sundusky Scandal" and at the end of
the piece the readers were left with some suggestion that there
was more to be said...First, The Raptor can reiterate that the
world can all cry out in unison for Joe Paterno to resign and to
clean house....this is a noble gesture, but, it is a gesture at
Paterno detractors (and there are many)...you
know the pedigree, the coach is too old...he's a dinosaur...the
team could be better...it's been 25 years since he's won
anything...these detractors are anxious for Paterno to resign
anyhow...as a result all will be well right?
Ok...maybe not...consider this...Jerry
Sandusky arrived in Penn State Land in the 60's as a player...he
became a coach in the 70's and spent 30 years as an integral part
of Penn State's rise as one of the nations top college football
He was obviously a friend and confidant of
Head Coach, Joe Paterno. When the previously mentioned "Janitor
Incident" occurred in 1998...Sandusky seems to have resigned from
the program roughly a year later...were these two events
connected?...possibly. Anyhow, Sandusky still had "access"
to Penn State facilities and was on campus when Graduate
Assistant, Mike McQueary found him engaging in sex with an
adolescent male in the shower room...
Pictured Here Is Penn State Assistant
Coach, Mike McQueary, Who Is At The Center Of The Growing
Firestorm Which Is Engulfing Penn State University
...McQueary seems to have done nothing right
is this matter...when he apparently discovered Sandusky in the
shower room it is said he did nothing proactive to stop
Sandusky...instead he consulted with his father and was told by
Dad to pass the information up the chain...to Coach Joe Paterno.
This singular act is probably the lynch pin....had McQueary done
something dramatic such as punch Sandusky out or perhaps kick him
in the groin we may have not had to endure what is about to be a
total cluster muck (sic)...
Unfortunately, by telling Paterno, it put the
legendary coach in the tricky position of turning Sandusky out to
the wolves. Paterno did what was "legal"...he informed his
superiors about the incident...probably to avoid an awkward
confrontation with Sandusky...this singular reaction, this "I did
what was required under the law" is proving to sway no one and as
a result "Paterno Must Go"
So, lets fast forward...there are several
football games left in the 2011 Penn State season...before last
Saturday, these games all had the potential to energize the Penn
State Nation...Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Inaugural Big 10
Championship Game, possible prestigious slot in the Rose
Bowl...all of that excitement seems gone now. If Coach
Paterno resigns what about McQueary? How about Tom Bradley and
Larry Johnson? should they resign too?
The Talking Heads are clamoring to make sure
that this never happens again...yeah right...as long as America is
America there will be sad, sick individuals preying on children
(boys and girls). The Raptor is totally creeped out by this.
Scroll down and look at the attached photo of Jerry Sandusky...I
don't know about you but it seems to The Raptor that he has a look
of resignation. Gone is the gleam associated with sexual
conquest...instead it's the sad realization that illness has
forever ruined what was a "Grand Experiment"...it's not just about
he football...it's about the parents and children who placed trust
and were rewarded with treachery.
The Raptor can tell you all one thing.
Having Joe Paterno resign in disgrace will solve nothing...
It's A Sad Day In Happy Valley - Originally
As The Raptor sat in silence and listened to
ESPN's "Around The Horn" yesterday afternoon he knew there was
trouble afoot. The subject of their lead discussion were the
powerful and chilling allegations that Jerry Sandusky, a one time
influential member of Penn State's Football Coaching Staff had
been involved in some deviate activities which include adolescent
Pictured Here Is Former Penn State Coach,
Jerry Sandusky, Being Led To His Arrignment On Charges
Involving Sexual Contact With Young Adolescent Males...Even
Typing This Bullshit Is Giving The Raptor The Creeps!
This horrifying news story has gained
considerable traction in the few days since it surfaced. It
is engulfing Penn State's whole Administration and Athletic
Department and has created some "raised eyebrow" questions
regarding Penn State Head Coach, Joe Paterno's culpability...
Penn State Head Football Coach, Joe
Paterno...In A Classic Pose...When Did He Know The Awful
Truth About Jerry Sandusky And Why Didn't He Do More?
Sports Fans of all ages know Coach Paterno well
and as a rule...if you are not a Penn alumni, you more than
likely are calling for Paterno's head...even though you know
absolutely nothing more than The Raptor knows...here is the
Sandusky apparently committed a heinous act in
1998 which was seen by a janitor and it seems that he retired
from the team shortly after that. According to Scott
Paterno, Coach Paterno's son...the coach was not involved or
aware of this 1998 incident. Mr. Sandusky still was involved in
a non-profit organization called The Second Mile and somehow he
still had "access" to the Penn State facilities. It's
possible that he had executed a mea culpa as a result of the
janitor incident which kept him in is comfort zone.
Fast forward to 2002. According to the
story, Sandusky was discovered having sex in a shower with a
young boy by Penn State Graduate Assistant, Mike McQueary.
McQueary immediately told Coach Paterno about this incident and
Paterno informed Penn State Administration officials Tim Curley
(Athletic Director) and Gary Schultz (VP of Administration).
This action seems to be the tipping point which is creating a
lynch mob of indignation over Patterno...as an example, Jason
Whitlock, a Sports Reporter for Fox news has called Paterno vain
and delusional. MSCNC's Joe Scarborough is asking for
"everyone involved" to resign. The four talking heads at
Around The Horn all are asking for Paterno's resignation...what
Whitlock went on to say "Let’s not ignore the
timing of the release of the grotesque and shocking grand jury
report/indictments, conveniently revealed a week after Paterno
surpassed Grambling’s Eddie Robinson on the all-time wins list.
A two-year investigation wrapped up just as JoePa placed a bow
on his legacy and 11 months after Paterno testified in front of
the grand jury examining Sandusky’s alleged two decades of
Whitlock is certainly within his right to state that there seems
to be a quid pro quo going on here. But what to do?
Paterno is creating a certain conflict here and this feeding
frenzy which is about to occur when he sits down for his weekly
news conference will be disturbing and sad. What a way for
it all to end...