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How deep did coverup go in Penn State child sex abuse case?

 
 
Reply Sun 6 Nov, 2011 12:23 pm
November 6, 2011
How deep did coverup go in Penn State child sex abuse case?
By Mike Dawson | Centre Daily Times

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. — Jerry Sandusky, the once famed defensive coordinator who dialed up blitzes at Linebacker U and helped Penn State win a national title in 1986, surrendered to authorities Saturday morning to face child sex abuse charges recommended by a grand jury investigation that found evidence he molested eight boys he met through The Second Mile, the charity he started.

The grand jury investigation also resulted in charges, announced Saturday, against Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the university’s interim senior vice president for finance and business.

The grand jury found evidence that Curley and Schultz lied during grand jury testimony in Dauphin County in January about information they received about a report of sexual abuse by Sandusky.

Curley and Schultz are charged with perjury, a felony, and failing to report abuse, a summary, and are expected to surrender to authorities at 2 p.m. Monday in Harrisburg.

The charges against Sandusky, 67, came after a two-year investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office into a 2009 report of a sexual assault of a Clinton County boy who was a guest at Sandusky’s College Township home. The grand jury found that Sandusky indecently fondled the boy, performed oral sex on the boy and had the boy perform oral sex on him.

The charges are: seven felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one felony count of aggravated indecent assault, eight counts of unlawful contact with a minor and felony, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, eight counts of corruption of minors, seven counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault.

In making public its investigation Saturday, the Attorney General’s Office asks anyone with information about other possible victims to call investigators at 863- 1053 or state police at 470- 2238.

The grand jury took testimony from university officials including Curley, Schultz, as well as President Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno. A 23-page document made available Saturday on the attorney general’s website contains the only publicly available information about the case.

The document reveals the grand jury’s findings, detailing the abuse that Sandusky allegedly perpetrated against eight boys, which included showering with them, fondling and touching them, kissing them, and having oral and anal sex with them.

The incidents are alleged to have happened between 1994 and 2008 in the showers of Penn State football buildings, in Sandusky’s home, in a local hotel, even during trips to Penn State’s bowl games.

Sandusky retired as a defensive coordinator for Penn State in December 1999 after the Alamo Bowl — a fitting 24-0 shutout of Texas A&M. It was a game that one of his alleged victims attended as part of Sandusky’s travel contingent. The grand jury found Sandusky threatened to send the boy home after the boy said he rejected Sandusky’s advances.

Months before, Sandusky told this boy about a meeting he’d had with coach Joe Paterno in May 1999: Sandusky was informed he wouldn’t be the next head football coach, the documents state.

The most damning incident found by the grand jury, in which a graduate assistant testified he saw Sandusky having sex with a 10-year-old boy in a shower of the Lasch Building in March 2002, wasn’t reported to police or Centre County Children and Youth Services by university officials.

“This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys,” Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a statement. “It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys.”

Spanier offered his support to Curley and Schultz on Saturday, saying he was sure the charges against them would prove “groundless.”

He called the allegations against Sandusky “troubling,” saying “it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly. Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance.”

Penn State athletics officials referred all questions to university officials in Old Main.

Nils a Frederiksen, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, said it’s unknown if Curley’s and Schultz’s alleged activities constitute a “cover-up.”

“Whether the lie was to cover their own behavior, their lack of action or something else, we’ll find that out,” he said.

A quiet Sandusky, dressed in a suit, was escorted from his arraignment Saturday at the office of District Judge Leslie Dutchcot in Ferguson Township by his attorney, Joe Amendola.

Amendola said he hadn’t had a chance to review the allegations and couldn’t comment on them, but he said Sandusky has known about the investigation for three years and maintains his innocence.

Amendola described Sandusky’s condition as “shaky” and said he is taking the allegations seriously.

“He came back to State College voluntarily last night from out state — he was visiting relatives — and when he was told that he needed to be here today as opposed to returning on Monday when he planned to return, he drove back last night to face these charges,” Amendola said. “So, we’re hopeful that after we review this, we’ll have some resolution in mind and we’ll go from there.”

Sandusky was arraigned Saturday and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. A condition of the bail is that Sandusky not have contact with anyone younger than 18.

Amendola said Sandusky is not considered a flight risk nor is he a danger to the community.

“In this case, the last allegation goes back to December of ’08. There hasn’t been any allegations of anything since, even assuming that the allegations were true,” Amendola said. “Jerry has been aware of these allegations for three years and ... he has never even talked or thought about leaving the area or going somewhere else.

“And these are only allegations at this point, and he’s certainly not a flight risk and he’s certainly not a risk to hurt anybody,” Amendola said.

Sandusky is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in county court, but Amendola said it likely will be delayed by weeks because of the number of witnesses and the amount of preparation that will need to be done.

If convicted, Sandusky could face a lengthy prison sentence, Frederiksen said. The seven involuntary deviate sexual intercourse counts carry the harshest punishment, up to 20 years in state prison for each count.

The grand jury found that Sandusky met the boys he allegedly molested through The Second Mile, in contrast to the organization’s denial that it or its programs were part of the investigation.

Attempts to reach its CEO, Jack Raykovitz, on Saturday weren’t successful.

Sandusky founded the Second Mile in 1977. The charity was first a group foster home for troubled boys and later developed into one that helped children with absent or dysfunctional families. Sandusky retired from daily involvement in 2010.

Sandusky was named Penn State football defensive coordinator in 1977 and was thought to be the heir apparent to head coach Paterno.

He’s credited with turning the Nittany Lions into a defensive juggernaut that earned the nickname “Linebacker U,” grooming All- Americans like Shane Conlan, LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short.

In the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, No. 2 Penn State, behind Sandusky’s defense, intercepted Heisman Trophy-winner Vinny Testaverde five times to beat the No. 1 Miami Hurricanes, 14-10, for the 1986 national title.

But just as glorious as his accomplishments were on the field, the allegations in the grand jury’s investigation are heinous. The grand jury’s presentment details the sexual abuse victim by victim, including graphic references of the acts he’s alleged to have done.

In some cases, Sandusky is alleged to have fondled or showered with the boys, some when they were as young as 8 or 9 years old. In others, the court documents state he had sex with boys in the showers of locker rooms in Penn State football buildings.

“One of the most compelling and disturbing pieces of testimony in this investigation came from an eyewitness to a late-night sexual assault that allegedly occurred in March of 2002, in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on the University Park campus,” said Kelly, the state’s attorney general. “Hearing what sounded like sexual activity in the showers of a building that was supposed to be empty, a graduate assistant reportedly observed Sandusky sexually assaulting a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old.”

Sandusky was retired at that time but had an office on campus and was a regular presence, with access to football facilities like that locker room.

The graduate assistant, who was not named, notified Paterno the next day, and Paterno reported the incident to Curley the day after that, according to the grand jury presentment. About a week and a half later, the graduate assistant met with Curley and Schultz, who told the graduate assistant they would look into the incident. Paterno wasn’t at the meeting.

The graduate assistant was told a few weeks later that Sandusky’s keys to the locker room were taken away and The Second Mile had been notified, according to the grand jury. In addition, Sandusky was told not to bring any Second Mile children into the Lasch Building.

The grand jury found the graduate assistant’s testimony was “extremely credible.”

But the grand jury concluded that Curley and Schultz lied during their testimony.

Curley called the reported activity “horsing around,” according to the documents, and denied that the graduate assistant reported it was of a sexual nature. Schultz testified the allegations weren’t serious and that he and Curley “had no indication that a crime had occurred,” the document states.

The grand jury found that neither Curley nor Schultz reported the incident to police and didn’t attempt to identify the child in the shower.

Schultz oversaw Penn State police as part of his duties as senior vice president for finance and business.

Spanier testified to the grand jury that the incident wasn’t reported as sexual and Curley and Schultz didn’t indicate they planned to report it to either police or a child protective services agency.

Penn State police had investigated Sandusky previously, in 1998. The mother of an 11-year-old boy reported that Sandusky had showered with her son in a locker room next to Holuba Hall. The investigation was closed after then-District Attorney Ray Gricar said he wouldn’t file criminal charges, the document states.

Gricar disappeared in 2005 and was declared legally dead this summer.

Schultz told the grand jury he knew Sandusky was investigated in 1998 for similar allegations. Spanier said he didn’t know about the 1998 investigation.

Another boy, who met Sandusky when he was 7 or 8, got invitations to football games, possibly as many as 15. The document states that Sandusky showered with this boy, but the boy resisted his advances, and the boy thought that was why he didn’t get invited to any football games after that.

One of the eight victims’ identities is unknown.

In another alleged incident, a janitor at Penn State saw Sandusky performing a sexual act on the boy one night during the fall of 2000, and the presentment indicates the janitor didn’t report it. The janitor, told his supervisor, and the supervisor testified before the grand jury. The janitor suffers from dementia and was unfit to testify before the grand jury.

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/11/06/129428/how-deep-did-coverup-go-in-penn.html#ixzz1cx09HVIq
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Sun 6 Nov, 2011 01:11 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
From the above news report:
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Penn State police had investigated Sandusky previously, in 1998. The mother of an 11-year-old boy reported that Sandusky had showered with her son in a locker room next to Holuba Hall. The investigation was closed after then-District Attorney Ray Gricar said he wouldn’t file criminal charges, the document states.

Gricar disappeared in 2005 and was declared legally dead this summer.


A district attorney fails to file criminal charges against Sandusky in 1998 and then disappears in 2005. If there is a connection, that would also point to a coverup.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 6 Nov, 2011 01:12 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Penn State , under Paternos leadership, was supposed to have the best scholastic and "partytime" record of any of the big U's. Looks like Sandusky was covered up for quite a while. Paterno is cooperating with the proswecution. I wonder whether his knowledge goes deeper than that one incident?
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sun 6 Nov, 2011 01:27 pm
@farmerman,
November 5, 2011
What prosecution says Penn State officials knew about Sandusky
Centre Daily Times

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. — Seven years before a state grand jury began investigating a boy’s report that he had been sexually assaulted by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, Penn State officials were told by an eyewitness that Sandusky has sexually assaulted a boy in a shower room on the University Park campus.

The revelation, and the events that followed, was the basis for charges of perjury filed against two Penn State officials, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, 57, and Gary C. Schultz, 62, senior vice president for finance and business at Penn State, are charged with perjury, a felony, and a summary offense of failure to report, a violation of the Child Protective Services Law.

“One of the most compelling and disturbing pieces of testimony in this investigation came from an eyewitness to a late-night sexual assault that allegedly occurred in March of 2002, in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on the University Park Campus,” said Attorney General Linda Kelly.

“Hearing what sounded like sexual activity in the showers of a building that was supposed to be empty, a graduate assistant reportedly observed Sandusky sexually assaulting a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old.”

The assistant telephone Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno at home the next morning to report what he had seen. Paterno, in testimony before the grand jury, said he called Curley and met with him the following day.

Curley and Schultz, whose job at Penn State includes oversight of the university police, met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, and was told what he had witnessed, according to Kelly.

“Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law,” Kelly said in a news release. “Additionally, there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information from the person who witnessed the attack first-hand.”

Instead, Kelly said Curley and Schultz agreed that Sandusky would be barred from bringing any Second Mile children into the football building, and passed that message onto John Raykovitz, who is currently president and CEO of the Second Mile.

Penn State President Graham Spanier, Kelly said in the news release, reviewed and approved the ban without any further inquiry. Sandusky’s access to campus facilities -- including an office in the Lasch Football Building and unlimited access to all football facilities -- remained unchanged.

Schultz acknowledged to the grand jury that he was aware of a 1998 University Police investigation into allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior involving Sandusky and young boys in the football showers, but did not pursue the matter, which had not resulted in any criminal charges.

he grand jury found that Curley committed perjury when, he repeatedly denied to the grand jury that he had ever been told that Sandusky had engaged in sexual misconduct with a child.

Schultz made assertions that the allegations concerning Sandusky were “not that serious” and that he and Curley “had no indication that a crime had occurred,” according to the Attorney General’s news release.

The attorneys representing Schultz and Curley each issued statements Saturday saying their clients are innocent. Spanier also issued a statement saying he is convinced the charges against Shultz and Curley are groundless, and giving them his "unconditional support."

The Attorney General’s office, however, was scathing in its account of the incident.

“The failure of top university officials to act on reports of Sandusky’s alleged sexual misconduct, even after it was reported to them in graphic detail by an eyewitness, allowed a predator to walk free for years - continuing to target new victims,” Kelly said the news release. “Equally disturbing is the lack of action and apparent lack of concern among those same officials, and others who received information about this case, who either avoided asking difficult questions or chose to look the other way.”

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/11/05/129395/what-prosecution-says-penn-state.html#ixzz1cxHF2syI
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sun 6 Nov, 2011 01:33 pm
@farmerman,
Read the grand jury presentment on the Jerry Sandusky case here: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/11/read_the_grand_jury_presentmen.html
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Lazurus
 
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Reply Mon 7 Nov, 2011 09:17 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
WOW you never know who is possible of abusing innocent kids these days! I hope the "ALLEGATIONS" of the eight, twelve, sixteen??? kids are just a misinterpretation of Mr. Sandusky's intentions. Obviously, his superiors had no knowledge of the actions and resigned.
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Tue 8 Nov, 2011 11:25 am
@Lazurus,
Police: PSU failed to stop abuse
By Mike Dawson — [email protected]
Nov 8, 2011

HARRISBURG — Penn State officials had three opportunities to stop Jerry Sandusky from preying on young boys but failed to take action, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Monday at a news conference with Attorney General Linda Kelly.

“This is not a case about football, it’s not a case about universities — it’s about children who have their innocence taken from them and a culture that did not nothing to stop it or prevent it from happening to others,” Noonan said.

Two Penn State administrators are charged with lying to the grand jury and failing to report an abuse allegation. Kelly said Monday that head coach Joe Paterno was a witness for the grand jury and faces no charges.

However, when asked if Spanier could face charges, Kelly said only that the investigation is ongoing. And spokesman Nils Frederiksen said Spanier was not a witness for the grand jury when he testified about what he knew regarding a 2002 incident in which a graduate assistant reported seeing Sandusky sexually assault a boy in Penn State’s Lasch Football Building.

Paterno had testified that the then-graduate assistant, who’s been identified as wide receivers coach Mike McQueary, reported the incident to him as fondling or something sexual. Paterno released a statement Sunday saying he wasn’t told of the specific acts, just that it was inappropriate conduct.

McQueary gave more graphic details to the grand jury, saying he saw Sandusky performing a sexual act on a boy who appeared to be 10.

Paterno reported what he knew to Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, former senior vice president for business and finance.

“We believed that under the statute he had an obligation to report it to school administrators,” Kelly said, “and he did that.”

Kelly said the grand jury found McQueary to be “extremely credible,” but did not believe Curley and Schultz when they denied knowing that the shower incident involved any sexual or criminal act.

“The graduate assistant described what he saw, the prosecutors took into consideration his age, the way he reacted when he saw this, the fact that he immediately contacted his father to seek advice because he was so shocked by this, and then early the next day immediately contacted someone he thought was an authority figure, Joe Paterno, who’s the coach of the Penn State football team,” Kelly said.

Curley and Schultz did not report the incident to police or child protective services, she said.

The two were arraigned on the charges in Dauphin County on Monday, and their attorneys said they are innocent and the charges against them are baseless.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, on Saturday said Sandusky maintains his innocence. That day, Sandusky was charged with 40 counts relating to sexual abuse of minors.

The charges were filed Saturday, after a two-year investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office into a 2009 report of a sexual assault of a Clinton County boy who was a guest at Sandusky’s College Township home.

The subsequent investigation found evidence that Sandusky selected boys he’d met through The Second Mile, the charity he started in 1977 for at-risk youth, lavished them with gifts, and earned their trust.

In the showers of Penn State football buildings, at his home, and in hotel rooms, according to the grand jury, he fondled and had sex with eight young boys between 1994 and December 2008.

Noonan said the process, called “grooming,” is common in sexual abuse cases. A predator identifies a child, becomes a mentor and gives gifts to develop trust, which leads to physical and then sexual contact.

“What is unusual, though, in this particular investigation, is that in 1998, there was a police investigation in which he made admissions about inappropriate contact in a shower room ... and nothing happened and nothing stopped,” Noonan said. “In the year 2000, janitors at ... Penn State University observed a sex act in the shower room, and because they were afraid for their jobs, they didn’t report it, and nothing changed and nothing stopped.”

During Monday’s news conference, Kelly declined to say if any other victims have come forward since the scandal was publicized over the weekend. But she said she believes there could be more victims.

Kelly said six of the eight victims’ identities are known to authorities. The two whose identities are unknown are the boy in the 2002 shower incident, who the grand jury said university administrators didn’t try to identify, and the boy in the incident witnessed by the janitor.

Anyone with information about other possible victims is asked to call investigators at 863-1053 or state police at 470-2238.

Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/2011/11/08/2978212/police-psu-failed-to-stop-abuse.html#ixzz1d8TMxR00
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Nov, 2011 12:03 pm
We seemed to have decided that trials are no longer required to decide that men are guilty of sex crimes, but then we knew that before now.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Nov, 2011 12:08 pm
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Joe Paterno’s tenure as coach of the Penn State football team will soon be over, perhaps within days or weeks, in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal that has implicated university officials, according to two people briefed on conversations among the university’s top officials.



The board of trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a prestigious national brand will not survive to coach another season. Discussions about how to manage his departure have begun, according to the two people

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/sports/ncaafootball/penn-state-said-to-be-planning-paternos-exit.html

My recollection is the Paterno is a multiple offender for morality problems in his program, but I no longer remember what has come to light before. I long ago read him as only caring about the win/loss number and financial numbers, that nothing else was worthy of his attention.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 8 Nov, 2011 12:32 pm
The leading paper in the state calls for the University President to be tossed as well as Paterno

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr.asp?fpVname=PA_PN

My dislike of Paterno happened around 2003, when so many of his players ended up with criminal charges or otherwise in trouble. He seems to have tried to fix his image with creating acedemic all-americans, but I can not find out of these guys tend to be in real majors or is they are taking sham acedemics common to major football programs where the courses (such that the players actually ever go to class) are easy, and they get lots of personal assistance in order to get the work done.

My interest is that I grew up in Illinois, went to Michigan State, and most of my family and friends have gone to Big Ten schools. My only connection to Penn State though is that a girl a really liked at MSU had a boyfriend who went to Penn State....I was not successful in stealing her away.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 12:18 am
@hawkeye10,
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Many are calling for Paterno to be fired. That’s the least that should occur. The dilemma remains: After the legal process finishes with those subject to criminal sanctions, how does Penn State atone? On one level it cannot restore to the children whose lives were ruined what was taken from them. There’s no apology that would suffice; no civil settlement that could reverse the damage.

This is the very definition of corruption — the “impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle : depravity.” And for that, the solution, it seems, must be to excise that corruption from the body of the university and reestablish the purpose and virtue of the institution. End the football program. Let the recruits go elsewhere. Level the stadium or better yet, let it decay and crumble and be an eyesore, a fitting metaphor for the program that was suffused with moral rot.

The notion that the university serves the football program should be pulled out by the roots. The university should in essence declare that henceforth there will be no confusing the priorities of the institution.

Oh, but the poor players! The athletes who wouldn’t go to college! Nonsense. There are other schools, other teams. College football will survive without Penn State, and Penn State, if it’s more than an excuse for a football team, will survive without football. And if Penn State serves as a permanent reminder ( “Why is it they have no football program?” they may ask decades from now) to those tempted to abuse power, abdicate moral responsibility or lie in pursuit of football victories, then a football-less Penn State would render some service, however paltry compared to the harm it has caused.

If what has been reported is true, what other action could be contemplated? And who in good conscience could watch and cheer a program that trampled on so many innocents for so little, for nothing other than pride and greed?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/penn-state-football-should-be-retired-permanently/2011/11/07/gIQA9oiL0M_blog.html

Hyperventilating is not going to help matters...
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 04:25 am
@hawkeye10,
I think PAterno should be introduced to forced retirement AFTER this seson ends. The argument of a "football-less PennState" is ridiculous on its face. This is a scandal that will require house ckearing and new rules (That should noteven have to be placed on the books yet the offenses warrant it).
Oaterno should be allowed to go out with whatever the season presents and then hes done. Should he be granted eneritus status, no, I think the U should start its revised program over.
The argument that scholar athletes are enrolled in sham progrms is a dumass lie from an uninformed source. Most all of the kids were enrolled in programs that went from wngineering to pre med. Penn State always had a high academic requirement for its athletes. That was a JoePA thing
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 07:09 am
@farmerman,
Say it ain't so, Joe!

Unfortunately, this tragedy and circus has now snowballed so badly that Penn St can't and should not wait to remedy. Whether or not they'll wait to season end remains to be seen. But the horrendous details 0f the crime (and the 40 counts) and then the subsequent cover-up will necessitate his immediate exit. My prediction is that by the start of the next game we will not see Joe Pa at the helm. It still doesn't fix the underlying problem though - not does it compensate the victims, whom I think are still being ignored or shunted aside.

Even though Joe reported the crime to his superiors...he did not follow up. Damage control and the clamor will force their hands. I'm personally sickened by the atmosphere and culture at such a prestigious college which compelled them to suppress this story for 9 or 10 years. Board of Trustees should be shot for impersonating human beings.

He will be made the unfortunate scapegoat - more tragedy compounding the initial tragedy.
wandeljw
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 09:38 am
@farmerman,
I wonder how much of a coverup occurred outside of the university. The district attorney who declined to press charges in 1998 apparently committed suicide in 2005.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 10:01 am
@wandeljw,
He was a Penn State fan to the end
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 10:03 am
@Ragman,
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Say it ain't so, Joe!
There've been at l;east 3 headlines with the Black Sox reference.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 10:32 am
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By Sally Jenkins, Published: November 8

Try to forgive Joe Paterno: When he looked at Jerry Sandusky, he didn’t see a dirty old man in a raincoat. He saw a friend, a close colleague, and a churchy do-gooder. He saw a nice guy. You’d have seen the same thing. Think not? You think you can see a clear-cut difference between an alleged child molester and a youth coach? How exactly? By the hunchback and the M-shaped scar on his forehead that says, “I’m a molester”?

It’s sorely tempting to assign Paterno chief blame in the Penn State case, to say that he should have seen Sandusky for what he allegedly was. Unfortunately, the truth is, youth coaches from California to Rhode Island have molested children at every level, sandlot to USA Swimming, and we hardly ever recognize the pervert. We usually shake his hand.
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What kind of leaderless fool organization allegedly let a 60-year-old man take showers with 10-year-old boys on its premises, no matter how innocently? What kind of leaderless fool organization let kids use Penn State’s weight room facilities at night without monitoring? What kind of leaderless fool organization let Sandusky’s Second Mile charity operate on campus without respecting the basic literature — which dates from 1939 Boy Scout handbooks — that shows molesters use youth-serving organizations to meet victims, and that deprived pre-adolescent boys are an extremely troubled, craving, and vulnerable group?

Answer: a totally arrogant and incompetent one. Graham Spanier, your time is up.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/blame-for-the-penn-state-scandal-does-not-lie-with-joe-paterno/2011/11/08/gIQADqMF3M_story.html

Outside of the 1000 or so Penn St Students who rallied for Paterno, Jenkins is the only one I have come across who was supportive of him.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 12:06 pm
@farmerman,
I never saw one of them...but it wouldn't surprise me. It's not that big a stretch to come up with it.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 01:22 pm
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With news that longtime head football coach Joe Paterno plans to retire at the end of this season, Penn State president Graham Spanier will either resign or be voted out by the board of trustees by the end of the day, according to The Express-Times.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=nfp-20111109_report_penn_state_president_will_be_gone_by_end_of_day

Good.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 09:45 pm
Paterno is out now...fired. I dont like the guy, but I think this is a mistake. He over 45 years had earned (banked) the right for a little leeway on this, especially because it does not appear that he did anything illegal or against NCAA rules.
 

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