Thursday, November 10, 2011

McQueary Stays. Joe Paterno Out. This is NOT Justice

I have several cousins who attended Penn State. I grew up watching Penn State football. When I lived in New Jersey, I would travel to see Penn State play. Because I grew up with Penn State, I have donated money to the university. Because what they did to JoePa, Penn State can guarantee no more support from me and many friends who read my blog. The Board of Directors did a disservice when they fired JoePa. There is a chain of command or a standard protocol that most organizations follow. JoePa did the right thing and followed the chain of command. It is not JoePa fault that his superiors were idiots. So, the Board of Directors didn't fire Mike McQueary, who was the whistle blower, and they fired JoePa for not being morally responsible. JoePa is not a sexual deviant. He was told in so many words what Mike McQueary allegedly saw. Why didn't Mike McQueary go to the cops instead? Wasn't that morally responsible? I wonder if the Board of Director got rid of JoePa because he is a Republican conservative, whose very good friends with George H. W. Bush. Hmmm.....

(ESPN) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State receivers coach Mike McQueary, one of the central figures in the burgeoning child sex abuse scandal at the school, will not attend Saturday when the Nittany Lions play their final home game of the season, the school announced Thursday night.

The school cited "multiple threats" as the reason for McQueary's absence Saturday against No. 19 Nebraska.

When asked if he felt McQueary should remain on Penn State's staff, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who was appointed Penn State interim coach in the wake of a shakeup that has claimed the jobs of Joe Paterno and other university leaders, said Thursday, "That decision is up to (interim athletic director) Mark Sherburne."

Paterno does not plan to interfere in the coaching transition and won't show up at Beaver Stadium on Saturday out of respect for the coaching staff, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.

Paterno announced Wednesday that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season, but the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges over a 15-year period proved too much for the board to ignore. Paterno was fired Wednesday night, as was university president Graham Spanier.

As word of Paterno's firing spread, thousands of students flocked to the administration building, shouting, "We want Joe back!" and "One more game!" They then headed downtown to Beaver Avenue, where about 100 police wearing helmets and carrying pepper spray were on standby. Witnesses said some rocks and bottles were thrown, a lamppost was toppled and a news van was knocked over, its windows kicked out.

State College police said Thursday they were still gathering information on any possible arrests.

At a news conference late Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett asked Penn State students to refrain from the violence that wracked their town. He said students have the right to express their opinions, but not the right to violence.

Corbett said he supported the board of trustees' decision to force out Paterno and Spanier, saying he'd lost confidence in their ability to lead.

Corbett, who is on the 32-member board along with 10 appointees, made the comments after a second day of private meetings of Penn State trustees.

Asked if he thought that Paterno and Spanier didn't do enough to alert law enforcement out of safety of children, Corbett said he was disappointed in their actions.

The ouster of the man affectionately known as "JoePa" brings to an end one of the most storied coaching careers -- not just in college football but in all of sports. Paterno has 409 victories -- a record for major college football -- won two national titles and guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons. He reached 300 wins faster than any other coach.