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‘Penn State appoints Tom Bradley head football coach’

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That headline is a snippet from Penn State’s official release, announcing to the world what had previously been reported.

Joe Paterno is out as the Nittany Lions’ head coach.  Out after 46 years and 409 wins.  And after a child-sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant that’s left many more questions than answers.

Here’s the school’s press release announcing that Tom Bradley, who was on Paterno’s staff in 2002, will guide the Nittany Lions through the remainder of their 2011 slate:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. November 9, 2011 – As announced by The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees Wednesday night, Tom Bradley will assume head coaching duties for the Penn State football team for the remainder of the 2011 season, replacing long-time head coach Joe Paterno.

In his 33rd season on the staff and 12th supervising one of the nation’s top defenses, Bradley has played a large role in the success of the defense and recruiting efforts during his tenure. Bradley helped develop four All-Americans in the secondary. In addition to the defensive backs, Bradley also has coached five other positions, including outside linebackers and defensive ends, coordinated the special teams and served as recruiting coordinator, bringing numerous prep standouts to Penn State throughout his tenure. Shane Conlan, O.J. McDuffie, Kim Herring, David Macklin, Bryan Scott, Alan Zemaitis, Justin King, Lydell Sargeant and D’Anton Lynn are among the standouts he has coached.

Bradley was a football letterman at Penn State in 1977-78, a graduate assistant in 1979 and became a full-time staff member in 1980. He is a graduate of Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa.

Let the record also reflect that, again, Tom Bradley was a senior member of Joe Paterno’s staff in 2002.

Again, 2002.

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  1. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 1:09 AM

    Did the Penn State Board of Trustees make sure that Bradley had no knowledge of any kind (during, after, etc.) of Sandusky’s child predatory activities? We certainly hope so. If he had no knowledge and was in no way involved in ignoring or any coverup this is a good step, and a pro-active step in cleaning house. The Board of Trustees once again, perhaps with the influence of the Governor, are moving quickly.

    Of course, additional steps are needed, most especially rendering all assistance possible through therapy and any other methods to see the victims receive all they need to begin healing and eventually go on to lead as normal lives as possible. Please, Penn State and state of Pennsylvania do not forget the victims who as young children were viciously raped and molested by Sandusky.

  2. charliereno says: Nov 10, 2011 1:17 AM

    So the board is ‘cleaning house’ by appointing a member from the 2002 staff as HEAD COACH? I’m sorry, I’m confused. I’d love an explanation to this one.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 10, 2011 1:19 AM

    Sport by BrookS is gonna blow PSU up.

    #If what I was told tonight about the details of the new allegation in Sandusky child sex case is true, it will horrify the public.

  4. seanx40 says: Nov 10, 2011 1:21 AM

    Bradley knew. Everyone on that staff knew. Everyone in the athletic department knew. Everyone in the Campus police knew. Everyone in the adminiistration knew. When Sandusky “retired”, and Bradley replaced him, Bradley knew. The entire football program should be replaced. They all kept this secret to protect the program, and Paterno’s legacy. Know all they have to look forward to is being sued by the victims of this crime. Joe PA will probably spend the rest of his life in court being sued by these raped children. I hope they get every penny.

  5. ihateannouncers says: Nov 10, 2011 1:28 AM

    This is only the beginning. I hope for Bradley’s sake that he is clean in all this, because everyone will be asking the same question about his knowledge of anything relating to sandusky. I imagine his first press conference will be a media frenzy. Most likely, he is a band-aid to get through the end of the season. Then I assume the entire staff will be gone.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 10, 2011 1:31 AM

    Bradley knew. Everyone on that staff knew. Everyone in the athletic department knew. Everyone in the Campus police knew. Everyone in the adminiistration knew. When Sandusky “retired”, and Bradley replaced him, Bradley knew. The entire football program should be replaced. They all kept this secret to protect the program, and Paterno’s legacy. Know all they have to look forward to is being sued by the victims of this crime. Joe PA will probably spend the rest of his life in court being sued by these raped children. I hope they get every penny.

    THIS ^

  7. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 1:32 AM

    ihateannouncers: My family and I think you have it exactly right. Friends, who are alums of Penn State, living and working nearby, say this is a “stop gap measure” to get them through the season and give them time to have a search for a new coach and assistants, staff, etc. Bradley will be put under a microscope, an electron microscope by the media. He better be squeeky clean.

  8. hdmoyer says: Nov 10, 2011 1:35 AM

    Yes, guilty before trial…it’s the american way!
    Heaven forbid we let not only the accused (even though he def looks like he should get tortured the rest of his living life) but everyone else shouldn’t be able to have their day in court. Hope some of the nay sayers see themselves on that side of the fence.
    Everyone is guilty nowadays…who cares what the facts are…let’s go off what bloggers and websites say. Joe Paterno has been one of the most honorable men to ever take the football field and everyone is so quick to make him a accessory to child molestation. If it is true, then he belongs with the rest of scum of society in prison (or death) where they belong but give the guy a chance to defend himself for god’s sake! He spent half a century building a program and raising young kids into grown responsible men and gave all his money into an instituition to help them be better people. Take a chance and listen to his former players and how he influenced their lives.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 10, 2011 1:41 AM

    Page 7, you psu idiot. Joe himself testified he knew it was sexual. All you need to know.

  10. 12is3times4 says: Nov 10, 2011 1:41 AM

    @hdmoyer: “Innocent until proven guilty” only applies to courts of law. In the court of public opinion, it’s worth less than the amount of ink that these words are printed on.

  11. seanx40 says: Nov 10, 2011 1:45 AM

    “Yes, guilty before trial…it’s the American way!”

    This isn’t a criminal matter. It is matter of letting an old man who AT BEST had a massive moral failure make a lot of money for the rest of the football season. And represent his damaged university. That doesn’t require any legal justification. He was an employee with a contract. That he most certainly violated.

    Paterno at best ignored a major crime by his long time friend. At worst, he most likely covered up decades of crimes by that friend to protect himself. He had to have known in the 90’s when Sandusky “retired”.

    Paterno violated the trust and faith of every person that ever walked thru the Penn State program. So did the entire administration.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 10, 2011 1:46 AM

    @hdmoyer – I suggest you actually read the grand jury indictment. See page 7.

  13. deadeye says: Nov 10, 2011 2:03 AM

    “Yes, guilty before trial…it’s the american way!”

    =============================

    This is a typical ignorant response to the condemnation of those who failed to defend children from being raped.

    If I go out and get drunk and then drive under the influence causing a serious accident, my employer doesn’t have to say, “We need to see what happens in court before doing anything.” They can fire me immediately, and often that’s exactly what happens. And that is completely separate from the trial and any punishment from a guilty verdict. Only morons are unable to distinguish the court of public opinion from the real trial.

    Firing Paterno is completely justified based on HIS OWN TESTIMONY. A subordinate comes to him distressed about seeing something shocking in the locker room shower. And Paterno doesn’t ask, “Well what exactly did you see?” No, instead he merely passes that incomplete information up the chain of command, and in that process never bothers to learn what the exact details were.

    So you actually believe that lie? Just because your dumb enough to take Paterno at his word, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us are. All these other people are lying to protect him. Paterno knew exactly what Sandusky was doing.

  14. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 10, 2011 2:12 AM

    And as always my heart goes out to the victims, there isn’t a PSU fan I know that doesn’t feel for what those families are going through right now.

    Do most of you know Bradley has been the actual coach for years now? He’s not just the guy on the side lines, he’s the actual shot caller on the field during games and he runs all the day to day stuff. Honestly Joe gets credit for the wins, but Bradley is the guy doing the actual work. It’s been his team for years, now at least he doesn’t have to pretend he cares what Jay Paterno say’s anymore. Good for him and unless he’s charged with a crime I don’t really want to hear it about this guy. He could have picked up the phone anytime he wanted called his brother and gotten an assistant job with Steelers, but chose to stay at the school despite not being credited for his work.

  15. xlinktothepastxx says: Nov 10, 2011 2:30 AM

    2002 2002 2002 wow yes we get it. Let’s find the towel boy during 2002 and burn him at the stake because he must of been in on it too! It’s getting more and more like the communist paranoia back in the 50s. People in question were dealt with and psu is trying move in a positive direction. So put your fingers away for now please.

  16. hdmoyer says: Nov 10, 2011 2:38 AM

    Joe Paterno has disputed that. I didn’t say he’s lying or that he’s telling the truth but why not let the man tell his side….that document is not his side. In regards to I actually what to believe what he is saying…yes. He has stood for integrity the last 60 plus years. In regards to his money…the guy makes less than a million a year and he donated over 4 million to the university to build a new library. He doesn’t care about money. He’s a 84 year old man that walks to practice and games the last 40 years.
    If McQueary told him what the indictment said than they all need to burn. I just want to hear Paterno give his side.

  17. eagler927 says: Nov 10, 2011 2:39 AM

    Who is the genius taking issue with someone on the staff being named interim head coach? Who did you want them to name…
    Lou Holtz? Were try supposed to name a coach outside the program when you have a game in 3 days? I guess the players were going to get on the same page with a complete stranger as head coach by Saturday. I’m glad posters lie this really think things through before posting something! What a joke!,

  18. ihateannouncers says: Nov 10, 2011 2:40 AM

    cfbfaninbadnfltown says:

    Do most of you know Bradley has been the actual coach for years now?……………………..
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    I think most college football fans are aware that Joe has been mostly a figurehead for a few years now. Nobody is questioning Bradleys’ ability. The question is do you honestly think that Bradley, along with anybody on this entire staff, will be around after this season?? It really doesn’t matter that he wont be charged with anything. He was on the staff when most of these crimes were being committed and replaced the criminal after he “retired”. The perception (and possibly the facts) will be that he had to know something and that will be enough. There will be an entirely new coaching staff next year. The question is who wants the job??

  19. 12is3times4 says: Nov 10, 2011 2:44 AM

    There have been radio reports, originating from Penn State’s campus station, that the senior players will be boycotting the Nebraska game (which was supposed to be Senior Day) in support of Paterno.

    Still looking for confirmation from a major outlet, so take it with a few grains of salt, but consider this a sneak preview of one of tomorrow’s CFT stories.

  20. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 2:55 AM

    We think this boycott may be canceled since JoePa is now removed as HC and will not coach another game at Penn State. Gov. Corbett working in and with the Board of Trustees has removed JoePa. The new interim coach has spoken with the Seniors and all players and it appears there will probably not be a boycott but may be an expression of solidarity with the victims (wearing blue arm bands, blue sweaters, etc.)

  21. hdmoyer says: Nov 10, 2011 3:02 AM

    If he says nothing to clear himself of these heinous allegations than I am def in the wrong in trying to defend him. If it’s gone this long and now only exposed to light I can only hope Joe goes down with the masses in this cover up. All I personally wanted was him to give his side. If it’s not good enough and the allegations are true then so be it. I just wanted to hear his side.
    I along with many other faithful have been mislead in any regards have already started to get rid of my PSU merchandise…whether the board acted hastily or if Joe was involved in a cover up.

    Irregardless, I will be rooting for a different University…I only hope for my conscience that Joe clears his name and I don’t feel I’ve been taken advantage of all this time.

    In fails in comparison to all the victims in Sanduskys path.

  22. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 10, 2011 3:18 AM

    @ ihateannouncers

    I can honestly say if you think no one will want the job, I don’t get why you wouldn’t hand it over to the guy that actually runs the team in real life? I know the perception is Tom took over the job the predator had and he’s part of the problem. I get that and understand everyone anyone feels that why. But if the job is tainted and no one would want it on their resume, why not just let the chips fall the way they are and at worse next year if the team fails you always have Bradley as a scapegoat, it’s working at Ohio State and did for 2-3 yrs at West Virgina. It’s the ultimate catch 22 no one wants the job, but Bradley and nobody feels comfortable with Bradley as the coach.

    Also just to follow up the defense line coach Larry Johnson Sr. is an honorable man and deserves to stay. Unlike everybody else on the staff he had options and choose to stay at PSU instead of taking the DC position at Maryland this offseason. So ya I’d pray they keep him, especially considering he made both his sons play for the team, when in reality neither wanted to go to Penn State.

  23. cavredleg15 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:56 AM

    Mike McQueary……. This is where it should have ended. He was a 27/28 year old G.A. If I at that age saw a man violating a young boy I would have beat him within an inch of his life and then called the police…. not quietly sulked back to my boss and told him. McQueary made the first fuck up. Why go to Paterno? IF I saw what he did my first call is not to my parents, not to Paterno It’s to 911…. “911 what is your emergency?” I just saw my former D.C. anally raping a boy about 10-12 years old how fast can you get here?

    or on the other side If my first action wouldn’t have been towards 911 I would have beaten the life from Sandusky.

  24. lookatthefarside says: Nov 10, 2011 4:05 AM

    Maybe they’ll find Ray Gricar in all of this mess…

  25. cavredleg15 says: Nov 10, 2011 4:11 AM

    At this point if JoPa is gone and Mike McQueary is still on staff. It’s just a major screw up by the University. Fire every damn coach in the football building… Bring in well screened HS coaches who’s seasons are done for the year. Fire everyone and start new next year.
    Anyone with a connection to Sandusky is banned… anyone with a connection to Paterno is banned.. anyone with a connection to McQueary is banned.

    Drop a bleach bomb on the program and then set it on fire.

  26. bozosforall says: Nov 10, 2011 7:06 AM

    How many of the Board of Trustee members were on board when ANY of the Sandusky incidents happened? Because they are all tainted as well. They should all resign too.

    An extensive police report exists from as far back as 1998, documenting Sandusky inappropriately touching a young boy. Anything that happened after than was directly due to a failure by all involved (admins, coaches, parents, etc. – except the poor victims, as they were too young to fight for themselves) to bring this monster to the attention of everyone involved in The Second Mile and to make enough noise so that the world knew what a scumbag Sandusky was and is. Plenty of blame to go around and everyone who is to blame should also suffer the consequences.

  27. brett76 says: Nov 10, 2011 7:27 AM

    The can’t fire the entire staff now. They have 3 games to play yet…..& also I agree with Mitch Albom that yes they got the big name scalp in this by getting rid of Joe Pa, but they better not forget the REAL STORY is Sandusky & what he did to those kids.

    Most of America will be content now that Paterno is gone. They will forget this story is about Sandusky & the kids.

    Even if this didn’t happen, it was time for Joe to go being 84….but let’s turn this all back to Sandusky, as Penn State can not do anything more until the end of the season.

  28. holeinone09 says: Nov 10, 2011 8:05 AM

    And yet, the monster who actually is alleged to have done the horrible acts, Sandusky, is out free walking around on a measily $100K bail. Now that’s justice.

  29. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 8:13 AM

    brett76: Good balanced posting, thank you. Campus police in riot gear confronted agressive Penn State students last evening…that is not good for any of the involved. Cooler minds need to prevail.

    Gov. Corbett and the Trustees are meeting nightly and we expect further decisions almost every meeting as they try to clean house from those who were implicated in the Grand Jury Report. The sworn testimony on the Grand Jury Record seems to be the standard by which they are forming their decisions.

    My brother has communicated with Gov. Corbett, who made his career with victim’s rights and asked the Governor to direct his attention and that of the state of Pennsylvania to providing therapy and assistance for the victims of Sandusky. Last night the Governor said he would see that was done. My brother will call them back today to see what has been done (to follow up, which apprently was not done by JoePa when he told others of one of the sodomic rapes of a child).

    In the midst all this frenetic action, the victims were lost in the shuffle. They must be the priority. We do not wish to focus the media on the victims, however, because we do not their privacy to the violated, but the focus of Penn State/state of Pennsylvania must be the victims).

  30. savethisname says: Nov 10, 2011 8:35 AM

    Why is the focus so much on Paterno? What about McQueary he witnessed the crime and didn’t directly contact the police. Yet he is still on the coaching staff, he should have been the first one to get fired. The only reason the board of trustees fired Paterno was to appease the public outcry. It’s typical “put out the fire” tactics.
    As a Penn State alumni I am sickened by this whole scandal but equally disgusted with the haphazard way in which the Penn State board of trustees has handled this, maybe they should all be relieved of their positions.

  31. imjinbrdgr says: Nov 10, 2011 8:47 AM

    The whole University should be shut down. The board obviously still doesn’t get it. They need start over. Anybody who was any place near the campus when this unbelievable, disgusting scandal took place should be gone. AND THIS IS WHO THEY HIRE ???

    I lost a friend to suicide who was molested as a boy. All of these victims, and yes Jopa they ARE victims, will be dealing with this for the rest of their lives. Some of them may commit suicide, some of them may go on to molest other children as often happens, all of them will be tortured in their soul over something that could have been stopped if Paterno and McCleary and others at Penn State had any common decency at all. I guess to Paterno a football game is more important than a human life.

    ROT IN HELL JOEPA!!!!!

  32. steelerssmack4u says: Nov 10, 2011 8:48 AM

    Coach Bradley will do a great job filling in for JoPa. But, he needs to tell Mike McQueary he didn’t meet Penn State’s standards & didn’t do enough and is suspended with pay until this mess is over.

  33. pastabelly says: Nov 10, 2011 8:58 AM

    The Bradley thing is only temporary. Paterno is gone because he was the person in power who could have and should have stopped it. As soon as the season ends, Penn State will hire the best coach available who has a clean past.

  34. 700levelvet says: Nov 10, 2011 9:12 AM

    @southernpatriots

    With all due respect, i agree the victims should not be lost in this truly horrible crime and cover up. But the facts are Gov. Corbett has not attended one board of trustees meeting, and for good reason, he has no influence over their decisions. The Govenor of PA. can appoint 10 of the 32 trustees, less than a third. PSU is not a state run university, it is mosty privately funded, with some state funding,( hence the 10 board votes), and they are usually political connections appointments, so it doesn’t matter that your brother is calling him, he can recommend action, but has no influence over the board. I’m sure as a money grubbing politician, he will use this tragedy, to cast himself in a positive light, but the facts are he simply doesn’t have the juice as you seem to write he has. He hopes to be there today or tomorrow.

  35. blueglaze says: Nov 10, 2011 9:14 AM

    Just don’t agree with this whatsoever… He should finish the season… This is just so corrupt it’s disgusting. Not as disgusting as the crime itself, but so far all I’ve heard is that Joe got released for being the only one to do the right thing. He didn’t have to follow up, give me a break people… In an organization with a chain of command as a university has, you never question higher authority, you will be reprimanded or possibly fired. He told the AD like he is suppose to, they did nothing. Joe made the right professional decision for his pliers and his family not toquestion the situation. Don’t wash your hands in dirty water. It’s a universiy, not a walmart…. The chain of command is much mote strict and respected at a university. Penn State just made my crap list. Great job

  36. blueglaze says: Nov 10, 2011 9:16 AM

    Ps… The human life wasn’t his player… A coach was involved … That’s the AD and VP job. Detach yourselves from the media and think realistically…

  37. fockers2009 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:20 AM

    Why is the chickensh– redhead still allow to coach? He was the one person that could have interceded and knocked the abuser on his butt and called the police. Instedad he went home and called daddy. Where is the moral compass on all of these people?

    And to the students…Quit your street scenes and grow a pair. The Board of Trustees did exactly what they should have done. I loved and admired JoePa as much as anyone but not anymore. He lost his way and several young men (now 9) suffered the worse abuse that any kid could could go through.

    My thoughts are totally with these young men and i hop they will get the justice that they deserve.

  38. deadeye says: Nov 10, 2011 9:27 AM

    “Why is the focus so much on Paterno?”

    ============================

    Do you really “not get it”?

    1) Paterno ran the PSU program. Forget the org chart, he was a one man institution. Any consideration given on how to handle Sandusky (or his crimes) would have automatically included Paterno due to that power and influence. And much like a CEO, he is responsible for any decision that happens “below” him.

    2) Paterno was informed by a GA that he had seen something shocking in the locker room. In Paterno’s testimony to the grand jury, he claims he didn’t know the exact details of what was seen by the GA. This is a bold-faced lie. Anyone with common sense realizes that the very next question would be “What exactly did you see?”. And if somehow it is true that Paterno really didn’t ask that followup question, then he clearly was completely unqualified to hold any power at all.

    3) Rumors have been swirling around Sandusky since the early 90s according to OJ McDuffie who was a player at PSU during that time. So no matter what the indictment reads, the reality is this has been going on for two decades.

    4) PSU and the state are going to be liable for tens of millions, and most likely hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. I’m not suggesting that money can make up for the pain and suffering that has been inflicted on Sandusky’s victims. But the fact is those lawsuits are being formulated as we type. When the trials start we’re going to discover that there was a concentrated effort to keep this information under wraps. We are going to discover that numerous people in authority (including JP) all were aware that crimes had been committed. And finally we are going to discover that for well over ten years, every single person in authority at PSU cooperated in the Sandusky cover-up, including JoePa.

    5) The BoT has an obligation to the public, not JP. That man has been well compensated for his job and good work. At this point in time a huge percentage of the public believes that he was compliant in the cover-up. That fact combined with his age (he should have retired at least 10 years ago) makes it a no-brainer to fire him. Those who say “Let him go out with dignity” are playing right into the Paterno cult of personality. He lost the right to go out with dignity when he did nothing to prevent the rape of children that was happening under his watch.

    The denial being displayed by JoePa supporters is on par with O.J. Simpson supporters who actually think he didn’t murder his ex-wife and Goldman. This tragic story is a profound lesson on the dangers of one person having too much power and influence. This coverup went on just barely long enough for JoePa to get the all time wins record. Coincidence? I think not. That record is/was more important to at least some people than the safety and welfare of children who were being raped.

  39. imjinbrdgr says: Nov 10, 2011 9:33 AM

    steelerssmack4u says: Nov 10, 2011 8:48 AM

    Coach Bradley will do a great job filling in for JoPa. But, he needs to tell Mike McQueary he didn’t meet Penn State’s standards & didn’t do enough and is suspended with pay until this mess is over.
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    “suspended with pay until this mess is over.”

    Another idiot who just doesn’t get it.

  40. imjinbrdgr says: Nov 10, 2011 9:36 AM

    blueglaze says: Nov 10, 2011 9:14 AM

    Just don’t agree with this whatsoever… He should finish the season… This is just so corrupt it’s disgusting. Not as disgusting as the crime itself, but so far all I’ve heard is that Joe got released for being the only one to do the right thing. He didn’t have to follow up, give me a break people… In an organization with a chain of command as a university has, you never question higher authority, you will be reprimanded or possibly fired. He told the AD like he is suppose to, they did nothing. Joe made the right professional decision for his pliers and his family not toquestion the situation. Don’t wash your hands in dirty water. It’s a universiy, not a walmart…. The chain of command is much mote strict and respected at a university. Penn State just made my crap list. Great job
    —————————————-

    THE EXCUSE THAT PATERNO THOUGHT HE MIGHT GET FIRED IS RIDICULOUS!!! PLEASE STOP TRYING TO FEED US THIS CRAP!!!

  41. imjinbrdgr says: Nov 10, 2011 9:45 AM

    blueglaze says: Nov 10, 2011 9:16 AM

    Ps… The human life wasn’t his player… A coach was involved … That’s the AD and VP job. Detach yourselves from the media and think realistically…
    ============================
    So because the child wasn’t a player that excuses Paterno form acting like a decent moral human being???

  42. 6ball says: Nov 10, 2011 9:47 AM

    .

    I have zero confidence in the state of Pennsylvania to conduct an independent investigation. A special prosecutor should be appointed.

    .

  43. mrm5102 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:49 AM

    Those who are saying that the ENTIRE program should be wiped out because EVERYONE knew what was going on, how do you know that? Don’t get me wrong, in NO WAY should Sandusky be able to live out the rest of his life, his crimes are vile and absolutely despicable. But you can’t say that about the entire University… If what some are saying about that is what they think, then the ENTIRE Catholic church should be driven out as well after what is probably hundreds of victims!!

    But I would like to know why every radio station and TV channel I put on, the ONLY name I am hearing is that of JoePa and NOT that of Sandusky who actually committed the crime, ridiculous!! People should devote their attention to the one who done it!! It feels like Sandusky is getting off a little too easy because everyone is talking about Joe instead….

    Look… We all know Joe could have done more than simply telling his higher-ups, which was technically all he was “supposed” to do and then from there they would contact the authorities. But I feel JoePa is taking more than he deserves, even though I do feel he would have had to eventually go anyway. It just sucks that this is how he will be remembered…

    It seems like there is ALOT more to this story then we know. Back when this happened, after the school told the District Attorney about the incident, the D.A. has disappeared and is presumed dead and his hard drive from his computer was found floating in a river (or creek, something like that). This definitely goes MUCH deeper then we know… Can you say, conspiracy theory???

    Still love you JoePa…

  44. savethisname says: Nov 10, 2011 9:54 AM

    Really deadeye?
    You make a lot of assumptions before the facts have all been presented. I wouldn’t want to be a defendant in your courtroom.
    There is nothing that will ever change the horrible crimes that Sandusky committed. The victims are forever scarred and hopefully when this has all played out there will be enough compensation to at least get them proper counseling.
    None of us know clearly the complete chain of events that unfolded back then and cannot clearly say what happened. I suspect there are law enforcement individuals and other university personnel who will also go down when this is all said and done. Going on a firing rampage does not fix the problem, it is only a lame attempt to preserve the university’s image.
    I disagree with the Paterno haters, he is just the easiest target since he is the figure head of the football program. The AD and the graduate assistant who witnessed the crime are more directly responsible for the lack of action that goes back to 2002 when one of the crimes was witnessed.

  45. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 10, 2011 10:05 AM

    I had no idea so many people were so stupid but i should have known when dumbya was elected TWICE. Paterno and Bradley are football coaches- not cops. Cheney is a war criminal and 150million or more people know that but he’s still not in prison- what should we do to those 150 million? Paterno and Bradley had nothing to do with Sandusky once he retired in 1999. The hysterical posts from so many tell me that they must have been sexually abused themselves and never told- now they want to blame Joe Paterno for their sexual abuse. Get some therapy people.

  46. mrm5102 says: Nov 10, 2011 10:13 AM

    deadeye, deadeye….

    You need to stop watching the media who will spin this anyway they want you to see it. You seem to be easily manipulated… They highlight the facts that they want you to hear, and they play down the fact that he told the AD and he most likely told the President who then told the D.A., who is now presumed dead/killed.

    How the F#@$ING hell can you take JoePa, an 85 year old man, who did SOOO much good for a University over a 46 year span and compare him to a murderer like OJ Simpson… ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND??? The people who are giving it to Joe the most are most likely the people who didn’t like him before all this happened …

    As a Penn State Alumni I’m angered when I hear people condemn the ENTIRE university which has over 50,000-60,000 students for the act of ONE individual’s despicable acts. You need to STOP talking like Joe initiated this coverup and did everything to keep it quite… Get some facts and come back and see me!

    And now your saying that this coverup was there so JoePa could get the all-time wins record? Seriously man you need to STOP WATCHING TV!!!!

    Still love you JoePa…

  47. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    700levelvet says: The governor is elected by the people of Pennsylvania and as such he has responsibility for the people’s business. With a huge amount of tax payer money coming from tax payers for Penn State, and not just the annual budget but auxilliary services as well provided by the tax payers, Gov. Corbett will be seen as the responsible party. One would think he has been in communication with the trustees for some days now, especially if he is going there to attend meetings.

    Gov. Corbett has supported victim’s rights for most of his career, long before he was governor. My brother was careful to remind Gov. Corbett of his service to victim’s rights and the need for the state to provide therapy and assistance to the victim’s of Sandusky. Sandusky, JoePa, and all employees of Penn State are in fact, employees of the state of Pennsylvania, from what we were told.

    As such, as we were told, they are covered under the state’s retirement plan, insurance, etc. This would put all employees, Sandusky and all those who ignored or covered up his horrid crimes against children under the responsibility not only of the Penn State Board of Trustees, but also the state of Pennsylvania, and thus the Governor.

    This information was obtained from Penn State alums and friends who are former employees of Penn State and are in business near the campus and from my brother’s conversation yesterday with personnel in the governor’s office.

    6ball: We have advocated a special counsel/prosecutor appointed by Gov. Corbett or inviting the FBI to come in and conduct the investigation when this story broke.

    This was suggested by our brother yesterday to Gov. Corbett’s assistant. He assured they would in touch with the attorney general to see what would be most appropriate.

  48. imjinbrdgr says: Nov 10, 2011 10:19 AM

    “Paterno and Bradley had nothing to do with Sandusky once he retired in 1999.”
    =========================
    Not true. Sandusky was stil around as late as 2003, on campus and the practice field. This was verified by an ex player this morning.

  49. 700levelvet says: Nov 10, 2011 10:25 AM

    Ask Gov. Corbett if he can get some more money from the Oklahoma energy company that is “fracking” the natural gas from our environment, and ruining the landscape, so they can contribute to his re -election campaign….Corbett is going there, because it’s a political windfall….He is no different than the man who covered this up……He has zero influence over the PSU board, other than personal gain

  50. holeinone09 says: Nov 10, 2011 10:32 AM

    While I said yesterday that although I for one didn’t know all the facts even after reading the grand jury report (although some people here obviously think they know ALL the facts), I thought Joe should just take the action himself to resign immediately and get out of the distraction situation in this and let the facts play out.

    From the events of last night and so far in this tremendous mess, it sure seems like Joe is “guilty until proven innocent”, while Sandusky is “innocent until proven guilty”. That devil is out on cheap $100K bail, as a free man walking the streets. It seems like people are talking more about Joe than about Sandusky. Where are the priorities here?

    And why didn’t the PSU AD do his job when Joe at least told him something was going on? Why didn’t he talk to Sandusky and ask him who the child was so he could talk to him? Why didn’t others before 2002 do their jobs? Why wasn’t Sandusky put away in 1998?

    Not sticking up for Joe or saying he is not without blame, but I think more has to come out to fully evaluate that. Sandusky is the one that is taking everyone down here. He seems to be benefitting from all the negative publicity heaped on Joe. He is free today, out on $100K bail, a measily $10K cash!! Why aren’t all of you protesting that TRAVESTY as much as you are protesting what Joe did or did not do? I don’t see ANYBODY talking about that, any political figures, NOBODY.

  51. ampieltd says: Nov 10, 2011 10:34 AM

    Putting Bradley in the role of head coach does not amount to moving forward. The only way to do that is to have a clean, complete break.

    What this program needs is someone who would be above reproach: the best person for the job being TONY DUNGY.

  52. 6ball says: Nov 10, 2011 10:54 AM

    .

    It’s now being reported that Sandusky’s “second mile ” club was a provider to prominent PSU donors.

    Did Sandusky arrange / host any of these rendezvous in his PSU provided office. Was he at any time involved with PSU fundraising? Is there a list of “his” donors? When will these names be released to the public?

    .

  53. savethisname says: Nov 10, 2011 11:18 AM

    After listening to the clip of the “Morning Joe Show” from this morning and their comments it is no wonder all of these bloggers are so crazed.
    The media once again sets a stellar example of how to declare someone guilty of charges that have not even been leveled against them. The grand jury report does show that Paterno was informed of a horrible crime by the person who witnessed that crime,”McQueary”, and did not call the police! Paterno acting on the information as conveyed to him informed the AD who at that point should have called the police and launched an investigation. It is always easier to crucify the person with the most prominent public image. Notice how they weren’t as outraged with McQueary, that’s because he does have as big a public image to destroy.
    Thanks “Morning Joe” for doing what I have now come to expect from the media, distort every story for the purpose of inciting public fury and thereby increasing your ratings. Nice Job.

  54. blueglaze says: Nov 10, 2011 11:29 AM

    Imjin: I’m not doing the feeding. The media is your buffet. They are using some sick pop culture scenario and it worked. You have to think as a corporate leader, it’s a catch 22. If he went behind them he would be gone then and there if it wasn’t true. He trusted the AD to do his job and didn’t. So it happened to be true and Joe is taking the heat. Ya he’s the face and powerful but notify powerful then the AD… That’s how a business works mon frere… But of they did the investigation and it wasn’t true he would have been praised for going through the proper protocol and use the chain of command to efficiently solve the issue. Use your own mind, not the media.

  55. 700levelvet says: Nov 10, 2011 11:41 AM

    Didn’t you say Gov. Corbett and his trustees have been meeting nightly…….?????? Or Daily whatever…..When he hasn’t been there yet……Enough with your self righteous, pious ramblings……You and your brother have no influence, none what so ever…..Corbett has 3……..count em 3 appointees, on the board, but your brother called him to get things rolling……….do you talk to hear yourself speak…..

  56. racer5151 says: Nov 10, 2011 11:59 AM

    I agree with Paul Finebaum… Penn State should get the DEATH PENALTY.. not for one year but for several… Then they can start with a clean slate and build back what the cowardly coaches have destroyed.

  57. mrm5102 says: Nov 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    racer5151, GREAT IDEA… Let’s punish 50-60,000+ students and 100s of thousands of Alumni because of one A-holes despicable acts. Are you from PA or did you attend the University? Doubt it…

  58. mrm5102 says: Nov 10, 2011 12:24 PM

    Your opinions are once again based on the media….

  59. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 12:54 PM

    700levelvet :

    That is what we were told. We believe what we were told that the governor has spoken with Trustees about this matter for days now. Why would you think it strange that Gov. Corbett has influence or favor with Penn State Board of Trustee members as the duly elected governor of the state? Don’t you think the Trustees (those he appointed and all he did not) would take his calls, and listen to his concerns?

    No, we don’t have any special influence or position, just seasoned professionals who have dealt with child abuse for many years, and having met Gov. Corbett on several occasions in the past. We want help for the victims. It does not matter to us who we need to speak to, or what we need to do to see that therapy and all available assistance is offered to them.

    What have you done? Sit on this blog/thread and criticize? If you don’t like the fact that the elected governor of Pennsylvania has been talking to Trustees of Penn State about this unfolding horror, something is seriously wrong about your thinking processes. However, if you object, voice your objections to the governor’s office or the Trustees. They will quickly see you as the crack pot you are.

    Our family members have much experience with children who have been abused, especially sexual abuse. We are dealing with several cases at this time. Most of the CFT regular bloggers know some general details of these children and cases since they have been documented and posted on CFT over the past months, and these incidents were in the national news.

    Meanwhile, we will continue to monitor the situation at Penn State, stay in communication with friends, who are Penn State alums and former employees who now operate a business in the area of Penn State, and stay in contact with the governor’s office.

    Our family will continue to help abused children in our region, and you will continue to volunteer where you live to help children in some capacity?

    We wish you well.

  60. psufan1 says: Nov 10, 2011 1:28 PM

    i’d like to speak as a former victim of molestation and as a fan of penn state. what has happened is awful. no matter what the board of trustees does by this point it will not heal the victims of what happened. the victims, for sure have serious self esteem issues. for all the people who say put this program under ban, or quit the season, your making it much worse for the victims. the last thing the victims want is to be responsible for taking what can be a joy from many innocent people and football players….
    im not ready personally to throw the book at joepa. do i feel he should coach this weekend? absolutly not! and its a shame that the trustees appease the public by firing him, but have done nothing about the real person respnsible here… Mike Mcquery. hes the one who should have done more. paterno should not be allowed to coach, but they should let him keep his dignity. go to his house and give him the opportunity to resign before saturday. all the board of trustees are doing is trying to stop the bleeding by appeasing the public

  61. gatorcheme says: Nov 10, 2011 1:59 PM

    I don’t often post to CFT, but I feel I have to say something. If for no other reason than for my own self-worth.

    It’s important that we remember that the Penn State BoT are looking through a much different lens than most of us here as football fans.

    They have to clean house. There is no choice here. They have to do it because what happened was heinous to the extreme. They need to put new controls in place to ensure this event doesn’t repeat itself. They need to do this because a) they have a moral responsibility to protect the innocent, b) Penn State must be perceived as a institution that provides education, opportunity, and a moral compass, and c) they know they have a legal/moral/financial responsibility to help the victims heal.

    It’s not about what will pass in a court of law. It’s about righting a wrong. There will be many people affected by this. It starts at the top. It needs to continue until the board knows that Penn State is an institution that can be trusted. If done right, it will be painful to watch and it will be painful to experience (for those caught in the maelstrom).

    As someone who was abused from 10-12, not a day goes by without thinking about suicide. I held the secret of my abuse until I was 33 when I finally faced my abuser and called them out for it publicly. Facing the abuser was actually more traumatic for me than the abuse itself. People simply don’t want to believe that it happens–not at first.

    I’m 45 now. I am diagnosed with PTSD and major depression. I suffer extreme nightmares where I wake up fighting. I have attacked my wife at least three times (over the last 8 years of marriage) during these nightmares. Therapy has been only mildly successful. Medication does nothing except dull the senses.

    Penn State BoT is starting on the right tract; let’s hope they finish the job. Now they need to help the victims.

  62. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 2:25 PM

    gatorcheme: My sisters, sister-in-law, and brother all cried when we read your posting. Our heart hurts for you. We thank you for sharing your heart and your story. We are at a loss of words, we are so sorry. If we can help you in any way, please let us know. Our support and our prayers will be with you and your wife.

    We have worked with abused children, especially sexually abused children for almost a generation. We are currently assisting two children and their families who were violently raped by child predators and the process of healing and therapy is slow and painful for all, as you expressed so well. Along with many other volunteers, we are working to establish a Neighborhood Watch program so this may not happen to other children.

    May God give you grace and healing and may your wife and all around you understand and help you through your nightmares and flashbacks.

    We have emailed the governor of Pennsylvania when the story broke and then our brother telephoned his office yesterday and spoke with many of his aides and his assistant and a few words to the Governor who gave assurances to our brother than he would see that therapy and assistance was given to the victims. We will keep following up on this through friends there in the area, as well as calls back to the governor’s office.

    Please let us know if there is anything you need, or if we can help you or help guide you to any help you may need. God bless you!

  63. gatorcheme says: Nov 10, 2011 3:24 PM

    southernpatriots:

    Oh Gosh! Don’t cry for me. My intent with the post was to shift perspective to the victims and Penn State’s ultimate responsibility. (As were your posts before that.) I do not feel sorry for myself.

    Thank you for your kind words of support. Be assured that my wife and I are doing as well as can be expected. We have a great support network and access to the very best healthcare. We are highly successful in our respective careers. Our lives are good, but a bit haunted at times. My wife is also a victim of abuse. (Birds of a feather?)

    I don’t know your exact position in life, but you appear to wield a lot of influence that has the potential to reach a lot of people. That’s where God’s true work lies. You and your family are to be commended for your efforts.

  64. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 4:33 PM

    gatorcheme:

    Sometimes we feel a little like the Apostle Paul when he confessed and wrote about the many afflictions he went through and told the church that all those things were “for the furtherance of the gospel” and then related that the things that happened to him were to encourage them. I believe (and my whole family believes) that often God takes things you go through to help you help others through similar things. I think that is why so many in our family became teachers, nurses, and one a doctor.

    Be blessed and have a great day and week!

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