This is a sad, shameful, and completely unforgivable chapter in PSU’s history. It’s already not looking good for Paterno. No one is above the law, and any concerns about “JoePa” and how he’s being treated is ridiculous, shallow, and empty. He’s already admitted that he was told what Sandusky was doing to those kids. Reporting it to the AD? Please. For all intents and purposes, he did nothing. There can be no forgiveness for Sandusky’s heinous acts or for Paterno for being part of the culture that swept it under the rug. That includes McQueary, at the time a 28-year old grown man.
To the PSU students “protesting” Paterno’s firing, I say this: You are an embarrassment. Your only defense is the ignorance of youth. You will look back on this one day and wonder what you were thinking.
As for the current players, I’m sorry but IMHO the rest of the football season should be canceled. You should be men about this and accept that this is the only right and honorable thing to do. If the season isn’t canceled, you should have the morality and strength of character to quit the team. That is what the person we all thought Paterno was would have wanted – would have expected – you to do.
As for Paterno, all the “good” you have ever done cannot make up for this. Your name and likeness needs to be forever erased from every plaque, building and likeness on campus.
The Grand Jury’s report can be read here.
Class of ’82