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Penn State’s shame

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Although I never met him, from the first time I ever saw Joe Paterno on TV I’ve disliked him. 

He struck me as an arrogant, egomaniacal autocrat, traits I dislike immensely in any individual, especially one with any sort of authority. 

I confess there were no tears shed when he was fired.

There must be quite a few people who do not share my antipathy toward the man since many behaved like idiots when they rioted after his dismissal. 

Was it a fondness for Joe Paterno individually that was the cause of this behavior or simply the fact he had won lots of football games for the Penn State University? 

I suspect it was the latter.

All of this brings us around to the sick, sordid mess that brought about Joe’s downfall. 

His defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, is accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with young boys and Joe knew about it but did little or nothing. 

In fact, it would appear a lot of people knew about Sandusky’s nauseous propensity to prey on young boys he met through a charity he founded. 

“The Second Mile,” founded by Sandusky in 1977, has been called a “grooming place” where he could meet and prep the young boys to satisfy his demented desires.

The president of the charity linked to the child sex-abuse scandal has resigned, saying he hopes his departure after 28 years as the group’s CEO would help restore faith in its mission.

Jack Raykovitz, a practicing psychologist, had testified before the grand jury that indicted Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of child abuse. 

The grand jury said Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, found his victims through the charity’s programs.

Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz were charged with perjury. Both have denied wrongdoing and have left their university posts. 

The scandal also led to the departure of university President Graham Spanier. 

Law enforcement officials said they didn’t do enough to stop suspected abuse when it was reported to them in 2002.

It appears, to me at least, the reason for the cover up and the driving concern at Penn State was winning football games. 

Joe Paterno didn’t want to get rid of his defensive coordinator because he helped win football games. 

The university didn’t really want to get rid of Paterno because he won football games. 

What appears to be lost in all the fallout here are the kids who were abused and psychically damaged by Sandusky all in the name of the Nittany Lions winning football games.

The Big Ten has taken Joe Paterno’s name off the Big Ten’s football championship trophy. 

The League commissioner said that it is “inappropriate” to keep Paterno’s name on the trophy that will be awarded Dec. 3 after the first Big Ten title game. 

The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. 

Amos Alonzo Stagg won 319 games in 57 years, most at the University of Chicago. Paterno’s 409 wins are the most by a major college coach. 

The trophy will now be called the Stagg Championship Trophy. I firmly believe there is a special place in Hell reserved for anyone who sexually abuses young children. 

Those who are guilty in this mess will one day see that place and may they never rest in peace.

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