The End of an Era at Penn State

If you have turned on ESPN, or read any news site lately, you know what the main focus has been.

The sex abuse scandal at Penn State has completely consumed the media and the past days, and it seems everyone has a single opinion. Sandusky allegedly abused multiple boys over a period of 10 years, and now he is being charged with 40 counts of molesting young boys. So why all the talk of JoePa? Join me after the break as I chime in on the recent news.

This morning I was listening to The Herd on ESPN radio in between classes. For an hour or so, Colin Cowherd berated Joe Paterno, and his actions in the scandal. Not once did Cowherd mention Sandusky, the man charged with molesting boys. He places immense amount of blame on JoePa, and fails to mention the real culprit of the situation.

It’s a terrible situation, one that Joe Paterno is obviously upset about, as he released a statement today saying:

“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief…This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

It seems as of late the media is out to crucify Joe Paterno, but refuses to identify the blame of the scandal on Sandusky. I’m not saying that JoePa is completely innocent, as he failed to report what he was told to the police. But, what do we know about what he was told. Mike McQueary was the graduate assistant who witnessed the heinous act that Sandusky was performing on a child. McQueary first reported the incident to his father, and then later apparently told JoePa. In the grand jury report, JoePa reported that McQueary relayed to him a very vague story, and left out specific details.

So what did McQueary say? He could have told him something as simple as, “Sandusky has a boy in the locker room.” Personally, I’m wondering why all the blame is being thrown at Paterno when McQueary was the man who witnessed the event. The media is blasting Paterno for failure to fill a moral responsibility of reporting the crime, but what about McQueary? He has yet to be placed on the crucifix that the media currently has JoePa fixated upon. If we have a moral obligation to report a horrifying crime as he witnessed, why hasn’t he been berated for his actions? McQueary obviously felt as if his father and Paterno were a better solution than the police. So, I belive the attention should be focused on McQueary’s failure to report what he SAW, other than Paterno reporting what could have been taken as a rumor or vague descriptions.

To defend JoePa is in my nature. JoePa is the reason so many people understand and watch football. He is my favorite football coach of all time, and he always will be. Currently, the media is berating him for something he didn’t do. So he may have known of Sandusky’s actions. If he did, he reported everything he knew to the Athletic Director. That AD and the rest of the upper tier at Penn State should have reported it to the police.

What I’m getting at is that JoePa is obviously regretful for his failure to be more agressive in the situation, but that is no reason to shun him like the devil and kick him out the door. Fire McQueary, and let Paterno do his thing until the end of the season, then let the man retire.

So CatCrave readers, while this isn’t completely relevant to us as Panthers Fans (Dan Connor is a Penn State alumni), what do you think? We want to hear your opinions on the current Penn State Scandal.

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  • PSU_EQ

    I am a student at Penn State, and I am so saddened by what has come to light.

    The Board of Trustees, in my opinion, did Joe Paterno and the university a disservice. By releasing him along with former President Graham Spanier, the Board implies that Paterno is also guilty, even though he did his job and what he believed to be right, by informing his superiors of what had taken place. Not once during the Board’s ENTIRE press conference, was Jerry Sandusky’s name uttered.

    Next, people really need to get the right information provided them — Sandusky was NOT a member of Paterno’s coaching staff when the single incident in question occurred; he was retired, but still had keys and full access to the Lasch Football Building and team locker rooms. This is the reason why Paterno did not handle the incident within the realm of the Athletics Department, but instead referred the incident to administrators, stating to them what graduate assistant Mike McQueary recounted to him (Paterno), that he had seen Jerry Sandusky in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy. Later, during the Grand Jury hearing, Curley testified that McQueary reported “inappropriate conduct” that made him “uncomfortable.” To which Schultz translated to be “disturbing” and “inappropriate.” Former University President Graham Spanier recounted the event as, “Jerry Sandusky in the football building locker area in the shower with a younger child and that they were horsing around in the shower.”

    While I do believe that Paterno had a moral obligation to inform authorities which he did not fulfill, this does not give right to anyone to vilify him as if he committed the act of sexually assaulting these poor children.

  • PSU_EQ

    I had added a lot more, but had to shorten it; I encourage everyone who is interested, to read the Grand Jury case, and go by the facts, formulating your own opinion, as opposed to taking the media’s opinion for fact.

  • SlateSchwertner

    Exactly….I have friends at Penn State and I’m trying to get all the information as close to the source as I can.

    As for Paterno: If you are going to provide complete coverage of a scandal, mentioning the name of the alleged molester might be a great start. The media crucified Paterno, and then he was tried by said media. The BoT took the rumors and the hype the media had provided and used that as a basis for firing.

    As for McQueary: why isn’t anyone calling for his head(obviously they are as he won’t be at the game Saturday) in all this. McQueary should be tried for failure to report the molestation of a child. McQueary saw a young boy being fondled in the shower, and all he did was tell his father first? I call bull crap. Then he allegedly had to think about what he was going to do before he told Paterno. All sounds sketchy to me, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes deeper into the faculty.

  • Scott E Phillips

    It has been a long time since this mess was uncovered and most of the people I talk to about it have no idea of the facts. Well, much of the story is out there, for those that want to know. We know McQueary never testified to seeing a rape, never told Paterno of a rape and that the infamous victim from the shower that night stated there was no abuse in the shower that night.

    So the trial in the court of public opinion was a trial by fire, sparked by an exaggerated Grand Jury Presentment, fueled by the ‘leadership’ at PSU and fanned by the yammering heads at ESPN and other sports outlets. That trial’s main evidence, the ‘facts’ used to nail Paterno to a cross, was a lie.

    It’s funny that you mentioned Cowherd’s show. Yesterday I listened to him speak about how “you just don’t know…”; Spouses cheat; One caller spoke of his younger brother’s cocaine habit, unknown to his family for many years. Cowherd mentioned Anne Rice, mistakenly. He actually meant Anne Rule, an author who work beside Ted Bundy for years, not knowing he was a serial killer. His point was that you have no idea about the people you know or work with. I am going back to listen to his show from early Nov 2011. I wonder what he thought Paterno knew.

    Thanks for your article. It is an example of what real journalist do, honestly search for the truth.