Paterno has released a statement, as reported by the Harrisburg Patriot News
"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters. While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.
"Sue and I have devoted our lives to helping young people reach their potential. The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling. If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers.
"As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.
"I understand that people are upset and angry, but let's be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are."
if it was a murder would it be a workplace-related issue?
is violent crime ever just a workplace-related issue, one that need only be run up to the coach and from the coach to the AD?
Seriously, this isn't that hard folks. Gimme a flippin' break. You hear an old dude is prancing around naked in the shower with a young boy? Do the math. Don't rest until you've exhausted all avenues of locking the creep up. If you've got a shaken up GA sitting in your office who has no reason to make this stuff up, why would your first call not be to the police? No way are JoePa's hands completely clean here.
This whole thing makes me want to break something. A bunch of disgusting people covering their tracks and doing the bare minimum when there are kids getting abused.
I hope Sandusky rots in prison. He deserves worse.
[QUOTE=SCMatt33;526401this is still a workplace related issue. [/QUOTE]
Showing up to work late is a workplace related issue.
Stealing office supplies is a workplace related issue.
Old dude getting naked in the shower with young boys isn't a workplace related issue. That's the kind of thing you call the cops for. It's not something you wait around 10 days to see what the AD decides to do about it. It's not something you sit back and say "gee, golly, okay he got his keys taken away from him, that should do the trick" about.
I'm also reminded of the discussion of the New York Times in a recent thread about Harvard and Tommy Amaker.
Olympic Fan noted:
"I'm glad that sagegrouse reminded us of the deceitful smear job that the New York Times did on Tommy -- and how it's created a lingerinjg impression that he's done something wrong or skirted the rules while at Harvard. It's funny, the NY Times used to be a respected bastion of journalist -- the paper of record. But in recent years it's become just about as shady and unreliable as the Durham Herald-Sun. What the NY Times did to Tommy is very similar to its warped coverage in the Duke Lacrosse Hoax -- and in both cases "the paper of record" has refused to apologize and correct the mistakes it made."
Maybe there are better sources for sports related questions?
Let's let all the facts come out...but, Joe's hair should have been on fire. Reporting up the chain of command was appropriate given the circumstances, but will be informative to know what we may never know...did Joe press the AD or ever confront Sandusky man to man.
Ad hominem attacks on the paper of record will not suffice in discrediting a story on a matter that is not being reported by the authors that wrote on the two stories you reference.
No link yet, but local Central PA television stations are reporting that Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and administrator Gary Schultz are gone as result of a Board of Trustees meeting Sunday.
Both have been charged with perjury following a grand jury investigation.
Whether or not you are willing to critically read the most respected newspaper in the country is immaterial; Joe Paterno has admitted to being aware of, at the very least, inappropriate behavior in the shower between his longtime defensive coordinator and an adolescent boy; we know further that no one at Penn State bothered to notify the authorities, a few of them in contravention of state law; and we know that Sandusky was hosting Penn State camps--overnight ones--as recently as 2009.
That is incorrigible.
The Wall Street Journal is a business and economics rag with -- ahem -- a fairly limited viewpoint on economics, etc. It's coverage on other subjects is sporadic. This is not the same as a daily newspaper with coverage on everything.
Paterno admits he didn't call the police, right? That's enough for him to be fired, and if he didn't take any other action that is currently unrevealed to us, I'd like to see prosecutors try and charge him criminally.
I'm a little surprised by the tone of some of the posts here. I don't see why it matters that Penn State had less than the average number of arrests for a big time college football program. I'd rather have Butch Davis coaching Duke's football team with Jim Tressel as an assistant and Nevin Shapiro as a booster, John Calipari as Duke's basketball coach, and Jim Calhoun as the athletic director all at once before I'd have a guy who didn't report child molestation to the police.
Again, this all comes with the big "if" that there isn't more information on JoePa's actions.