Jerry Sandusky: Nothing was said

Joe Paterno

Hey kids. Been paying attention to the Jerry Sandusky trial? I hope not.

But if you ever do learn about it, you will learn that Jerry Sandusky was a very bad man. He was also a football coach for a long time for a very famous university with a very famous football team. Even more famous than the team itself was the beloved head coach of the football team. The beloved head football coach was Jerry Sandusky’s boss.

Jerry Sandusky was a very cruel man to many little boys. Little boys, most without fathers, selected through a careful process by means of a charity Jerry Sandusky established, apparently for the primary purpose of recruiting little boys without fathers.

Here’s where you kids come in. In trial testimony against Jerry Sandusky, at least seven of his victims said they wished they had spoken up sooner.

I’ll say it again, because this is a crucial point in our little story: All of the adults who knew about the bad things Jerry Sandusky was doing should have said or done something about the bad things he was doing, but the beloved legendary head coach, the President of the University, the Athletic Director, the guy in charge of the police for the very famous University, and allegedly a local legal representative or two instead tried to do everything they possibly could to make sure no one but them, and maybe a couple of janitors and one ex-starting quarterback turned assistant coach, ever said anything.

Something like “This is Jerry Sandusky. He is a bad man who has done many bad things. Please investigate him or he may keep doing bad things. In the meantime, we’re going to keep letting him use our on-campus weight room.”

Something like “We told him he had to stop bringing the young boys without fathers into our locker rooms at our University when no one else was around, but hey, no one else was around! Except a couple of janitors, and the occasional ex-starting quarterback turned assistant coach. Really, what are the likes of them going to try to do to us?”

Something like “You can’t expect people like our beloved legendary head coach, the President of the University, the Athletic Director, the guy in charge of the police for the very famous University, and allegedly a local legal representative or two, to really come forward and expose these atrocities when the kids themselves didn’t do it!”

The kids wished they had spoken sooner, and the adults who could have spoken on the kids behalf decided they valued their very famous University, their very famous football program, their even more famous, beloved head football coach… and Jerry Sandusky and his vile, despicable, predatory and repeated acts… more than the kids.

Sorry kids. Fight on. Fight on. We weren’t ever true to you. Onward. Let them hear you roar.

Does Penn State deserve the death penalty for dirty dealings?

Louis FreehLouis Freeh with his 267 page report publicized thursday brought the community of Penn State to a stand still. Proving that not only did the late Joe Paterno know about the alleged sexual abuse of players by Jerry Sandusky, he played a role in covering it up. Penn State has a long and prestigious history, the kind legends are made of. This was the reasoning behind the cover up. Higher up officials were noted to have specifically requested that Paterno not pursue the allegations. Sadly, Paterno was alleged to have told Sandusky not to bring any “boys” around the school, however he was given keys to the showers and had his own office where a lot of the abuse took place. Taking a blind eye to the abuse and hoping it would “go away” was what was on the agenda of Penn State officials. The officials knew about it but were more concerned about public image and recruits than the victims. Sadly Joe Paterno a highly respected Coach and official allowed this to happen. With the recent public outcry, outrage and disbelief concerning how this was all handled has damaged the reputation of Penn State more than if they would have just fired Sandusky in the beginning. Perhaps then Penn State could have salvaged their dignity and allowed justice for the victims.

“What happened at Penn State is emblematic of a pervasive culture on college campuses where reputation is more important than academic quality, transparency, ethics and accountability,” said Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. “It also underscores the distressing fact that, in too many places, the academic mission has taken a back seat to athletics.”

What happens now? Many are wondering if the NCAA will repeat the 1987 Death penalty which was bestowed upon SMU for payment of players. An investigation ensued after allegations that SMU was paying off players that found  21 players who had received approximately $61,000 in cash. As a slap in the face to the NCAA, the payments were found to have started only a month after SMU had undergone its original probation from a previous investigation.  SMU officials were also found to have lied to the NCAA about when the payments had stopped, which in hindsight had only stopped for one month. Considering the level of criminal activity that took place at Penn State, what happened at SMU looks like a cakewalk. Its seems a harsh punishment for the players of Penn State but perhaps they can be transferred to other College Football teams that will fit their needs. Penn State officials should suffer the consequences of their actions.Eliminating football will definitely hit them where it hurts and force them to take a look and rebuild a new foundation.

I don’t see how Penn State football can thrive. How will they recruit new players? The stigma that will follow the current team wont be easily shaken. The death penalty seems to me to be the only real way to send a true shock wave to Penn State officials forcing them to change their ways. Public humiliation isn’t enough for a college community that turns a blind eye to their students who are being abused. If a death penalty isnt inflicted how can we be sure the cover ups wont continue?

Joe Paterno, killed by Jerry Sandusky

Joe PaternoJoe Paterno sat in his wheelchair at his family kitchen table where he has eaten, prayed and studied football for more than a half-century as he was interviewed by Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post. It was the last we would ever hear from him.

Many will say that lung cancer robbed him of his life, but the Penn State scandal of Jerry Sandusky actually killed him or at least helped it along.

The legendary figure of College Football was diagnosed with cancer in November, only nine days after being fired due to sex abuse charges against former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

As his life ticked past, the final two months ate away at him. Paterno was left unable to fight any longer. Despite his serious condition and obvious age issues, his heart was broken. Paterno loved every minute of coaching and shaping a young mind. It killed him to know there were people out there that thought he was blind to the fact or even part of a cover up.

Paterno was at a point in his life where coaching football and being involved kept him alive. It kept his mind as sharp as it could possibly be at his age.

Joe is a fighter, but when he received a note to pick up the phone and call Penn State is when things started to decline rapidly.

In the hospital spokesman Dan McGinn stated,  “Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications, his doctors have now characterized his status as serious.”

Paterno’s mind and body finally gave up. Much like the University decided to give up on him.

Let’s remember Joe Paterno for the good that he has done for not only Penn State, but for college football. It’s absurd to remember him for being part of a scandal when we don’t even know for certain the part he played it.

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