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NYT: Paterno got ‘sweeter deal’ in middle of Sandusky investigation

Joe Paterno, Susan Paterno AP

As is often the case when scandals of this magnitude are uncovered, the reputation that Penn State and former football coach Joe Paterno spent decades building together continues to be torn to shreds.

Thursday’s Freeh report uncovered that the longtime coach was aware of a 1998 investigation of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky related to “grooming” a victim for sexual abuse, something Paterno lied about as recently as this past January in a Washington Post interview.

Based on the internal investigation initiated by the school’s Board of Trustees last November, Paterno and several high-ranking university officials knew what Sandusky was doing and failed to take proper measures against it for over a decade.

Now, a New York Times story reports that Paterno and PSU officials were working through contract negotiations in 2011 even though the Pennsylvania state attorney general’s office was investigating Sandusky again for child-sex abuse, and that Paterno had already testified in front of the grand jury.

According to the story, Paterno knew in January, 2011, that prosecutors were investigating Sandusky. That same month, Paterno began negotiating his contract, which was not set to expire until the end of 2012, with his bosses. By August, 2011, Paterno and former university president Graham Spanier reportedly reached an agreement.

That agreement was to pay Paterno $3 million to retire at the end of the ’11 season, roughly $2 million more than what he reportedly earned every year in salary before other incentives. Other details said to be included were the use of the university’s private plane and a luxury box at Beaver Stadium for him and his family for the next 25 years. Additionally, $350,000 in interest-free loans to Paterno would be forgiven as part of the deal.

Impeccable timing.

The Times reports that a majority of the board “was kept in the dark about the arrangement” until November. When the Sandusky scandal broke open that month, Paterno told the trustees he would retire on his own following the end of the season, even though that was already the apparent agreement. He never got that chance, as he and Spanier were fired shortly thereafter.

What reportedly followed was a back and forth both among trustees, as well as the board and the Paterno family, over the details of the contract. “There were some who argued that it was unseemly to pay the remainder of the money and other perks owed to Mr. Paterno,” the Times reports. “They wondered whether, given Mr. Paterno’s failings, it might be possible to nullify the contract, or at least renegotiate it and reduce the payout.

“Others worried about the hostility they would face if they tried to strip Mr. Paterno, still beloved in many quarters of the campus, of money that he was contractually owed — a prospect that grew even more worrisome after he died on Jan. 22 this year.”

Eventually, the Paterno family got almost everything it wanted, except for the aforementioned private plane and luxury box (it was offered the choice of two others), in a package worth reportedly around $5.5 million in April.

“We were providing for payments due under the contract,” said Frank T. Guadagnino, a lawyer hired by the board in November, to the Times. “So we weren’t really negotiating.”

Board chair Karen Peetz said Friday after a meeting that there is no timeline for removing Paterno’s name and likeness from multiple areas around the university’s campus.

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56 Responses to “NYT: Paterno got ‘sweeter deal’ in middle of Sandusky investigation”
  1. drmonkeyarmy says: Jul 14, 2012 12:19 PM

    What a disingenuous scumbag. Given Paterno’s actions over the past 14 years, does it not call into question what might have transpired at Penn State throughout his tenure?

  2. southernpatriots says: Jul 14, 2012 12:27 PM

    The New York Times over the past decades has failed at objective journalism and printing “all the news that’s fit to print” but changing that too often to “all the news that fits”(between our ads), or “all the news that fits our agenda.”

    Here, they have followed the principles of objective investigative journalism and have a timeline which indicts Joe Paterno for negotiating a retirement bonus and other perks after he knew Sandusky was being investigated and that it was likely that the coverup which he particpated in (along with football department, atheletic department, along with other Penn State administrators).

    Kudos to NYT for conducting what is now rare in print media–objective investigative journalism!

    Only the most ardent sychophants continue to support Paterno. May they awaken to the fact that he, with all his influence and power at Penn State, did not protect one single child from further or later abuse by his long time friend and fellow coach Sandusky.

    May the victims receive justice and therapy and all of which they have need. May God bless them and those helping them.

  3. kozbee says: Jul 14, 2012 12:28 PM

    Knowing about kids being abused why should anyone involved get a sweeter deal,the kids sure didn`t.

  4. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 1:04 PM

    This board seems To be in the dark about everything. I’m left to wonder what exactly are they there for and have the done to justify keeping their positions. Glad they can claim no knowledge of anything I am sure if they were investigated it would become clear that they were aware of a lot more than they let on. I mean there were newspaper articles in 2007 an before that I read about Sandusky. I guess they don’t read papers or keep up with current news either.

  5. realityonetwo says: Jul 14, 2012 1:08 PM

    Is it possible to go from zero respect to less-than-zero respect?

  6. deadeye says: Jul 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    Whatever Paterno was when he first showed up at PSU (and I suspect he was sincerely trying to do good), he eventually turned into an egotistical, self-absorbed, pitiful, wretch of a human being by the end of it all.

    To me, this is a prime example of how power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Paterno became full of pride, and everything that has followed was a natural result.

    JoePa worshippers are still out in full force, and they will keep the rest of us amused while more and more horrific details come to light.

  7. drunkenagitator says: Jul 14, 2012 2:09 PM

    Basically the whole “Joe Pa” act was a steaming pile. He was no different than any other big-time college football coach and, in some ways, even worse. The squeaky-clean cornball stuff was just a ruse, a ruse he’d mastered to perfection through the years. He had an entire major university buying into it totally, too. While he was outwardly walking around campus like “Joe Everyman” he was simultaneously covering his ass and cutting secret big-money deals, wielding his out-of-control power like a hammer. What a massive con-job. Just incredible.

  8. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    The only thing more disgusting is the continued support from the “Joe Pa” apologists.

    Enjoy hell, Joe

  9. giantssb42champs says: Jul 14, 2012 2:19 PM

    F Paterno and anyone in his family that got this filthy money.

  10. drexelvol says: Jul 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    You forgot the forgiving of $350K in INTEREST FREE LOANS that PSU gave to Paterno, the $13M+ in pension, and the extra $1000/month to his wife for the rest of her life.

    So my fucking tax dollars went towards interest free loans to a football coach?

    The corruption at that school is mind boggling.

  11. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    If you’re up for reading some more delusion, check out the Penn State message boards.

    Everything from it’s all the media’s fault to the Freeh report is worthless.

    That’s some kool-aid club..

  12. tigersgeaux says: Jul 14, 2012 2:45 PM

    It’s not just the Penn State message boards saying that tripe, but posters here on CFT in previous threads, go back and check them from the beginning of this story and even after Judge Freeh came out with his investigatory report. Like southernpatriots’ posted they are “sychophants” or “sicko-phants.”

  13. achilles920 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:53 PM

    Paterno State University should have the harshest of NCAA sanctions placed on it’s football team. In fact, reduce them do a DIII school for awhile. No telling what else was looked the other way during Paterno’s tenure–disgusting.

  14. geo1113 says: Jul 14, 2012 2:56 PM

    realityonetwo says:
    Jul 14, 2012 1:08 PM
    Is it possible to go from zero respect to less-than-zero respect?

    ——————–

    Yes. Negative respect = Disdain.

  15. jarvisredwine12 says: Jul 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    Did a lot for himself in his last few months.

    Did jack shit for those kids in 14 years.

  16. delfi2 says: Jul 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    You can now add extortionist

  17. gr2phx says: Jul 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Step back from the disgust over Sandusky’s pedophilia, and you can see that the board’s lack of control or oversight is mirrored in most of corporate America. Spanier was the CEO in title, but JoePa was the defacto CEO. The board of trustees didn’t get too curious about anything as long as PSU sold more licensed merchandise than any other university in the country. In corporate America, boards of directors rubber stamped skyrocketing compensation packages for CEO’s as long as the profits rolled in. Never mind that we customers can’t understand the English spoken by the call center agent in India. The PSU Board of Trustees members acted exactly the same as if they were on the board of a bank, insurance company, or a pet food manufacturer. The only difference fueling the outrage over this is that it involves a beloved football program, and college football stirs our emotions more quickly than what happens on Wall Street. It is certainly true that JoePa no longer seems to deserve the beatification he received from PSU fans, but this could have been stopped in 1998 if board members done their jobs. Maybe our current recession could have been less severe if corporate boards had done their jobs, too.

  18. ashleyinnc says: Jul 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    So I guess we now know the price of his silence. I am disgusted. This man, who so many considered a hero, was nothing more than a coward.
    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/07/12/silence-is-not-an-option/

  19. brewcrewfan54 says: Jul 14, 2012 4:36 PM

    The hits keep coming for Joe Paterno. Not that it already wasn’t fishy but him putting the house in his wifes name for $1 is pretty crystal clear now.

  20. brewcrewfan54 says: Jul 14, 2012 4:42 PM

    By the way, giving PSU football the death penalty punishes the innocent people a lot more than the guilty ones .They shouldn’t get it.

  21. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 4:59 PM

    Why would he have a $350k loan?

    When he had millions

  22. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 5:07 PM

    The $1 deed does look fishy. But it’s also smart estate planning. I’ve seen it plenty of times

  23. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    @ahsley

    So true!

  24. fockers2009 says: Jul 14, 2012 5:50 PM

    This is why I think 2 things must happen. 1. NCAA should sack football for 2 years and give Penn State notice that they must take back their fine academic program. It will take at least 2 years for Penn State to be fully divested from all of the civil suits sure to come their way. The 60 million that they make per year shoudl be used for the victims. 2. All members of the board of Trustees should, out of repsect, resign and allow a completley new board come in to start cleaning up this egregious mess.

    We are talking about little boys that were sexually abused and were failed by AT LEAST 5 adult men that could have stopped it much earlier. Football should not even be on the mind of Penn State right now.

  25. Deb says: Jul 14, 2012 5:53 PM

    Every statement issued from Penn State further demonstrates the power structure’s complete inability to grasp the gravity of this situation. Yes, Ms. Peetz, there is a timetable here. Your school will soon be facing millions in legal claims, a decrease in enrollment, and the likelihood of receiving the Death Penalty from the NCAA. Since yours is a public institution, you may find yourselves sitting before government committees trying to explain how you managed to sleep while the enemy was at the gate and in the showers.

    Yet you are still more concerned about upsetting football fans than doing the right thing. I’m afraid Penn State cannot hope to begin its recovery until you, your BOT, the entire administration, and everyone named Paterno (as well as every likeness of Paterno) has been removed.

    I’ve expressed sympathy for the Paterno family in the wake of his death, assuming they weren’t responsible for the sins of the father. But the more I hear about the last-minute compensation, the more it seems they all were complicit in Joe’s effort to get all he could on his way out the door. It’s pointless to keep ranting about the coach–he’s beyond reach. But the university needs to sever all ties with the family. That includes cutting their access to the team and taking back the skybox. If they want to attend a game, they can buy tickets like any other fan. But it would be in Penn State’s best interest if they didn’t. Once they start trying to resume some sense of normalcy, they won’t need the public to repeatedly shown camera shots of Jay sitting the stands. I’m sure he can afford a big screen.

  26. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 14, 2012 6:03 PM

    Ugh.

  27. dmcgrann says: Jul 14, 2012 6:12 PM

    Deb, I wonder how much of a buyout Jay got? I’d bet that it wasn’t nothing.

    I have an in-law who is as big a PSU fan as anyone, former PSU athelete, but also a realist. He’s been fairly disgusted over the last several years, and thought it was high time for JoePa to go; but, as he explained to me, “We will never be able to hire anyone worth a damn. JoePa, and all of the assistants, have been given tenure. The assistants get to keep their jobs for life. No new coach will want to come in without his own staff, and you can’t pay TWO staffs.”

    That may be pure hyperbole, I don’t know. But it’s pretty apparent that things don’t happen in Happy Valley the way they do elsewhere.

  28. bubba703 says: Jul 14, 2012 6:14 PM

    brewcrewfan: yes, it’s true that the athletes and fans would be impacted by an NCAA Death penalty. but the bigger issue is the corruption of the program itself by the executives in charge of it who recklessly endangered the welfare of children for the sole benefit of that program. And now it’s coming out that the head coach not lied about knowing about crimes, he attempted to line his own pockets and escape before the legal system might catch up to him. We’re not talking punishments for underage tattoos here. The most fair punishment the NCAA can do is to punish the program so it’ll sink into the university as to how serious a breech of ethics they did. I wouldn’t feel too sorry for the players, as many I’m sure can pursue football at another school if they don’t want to wait out the penalty. And I’m sure season ticket holders will not be charged for games not played.

  29. Steve says: Jul 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    It’s too bad Joe didn’t approach the sexual abuse scandal with the same meticulousness he did his own exit strategy. I love how in the midst of an investigation into your friend/employee’s pedophilic activities, you’re worried about the private plane & luxury box. That’s the height of callousness. “Joe Pa” was apparently just a Wilford Brimley-like TV character. Only now do we see his true persona.

  30. 2difshoe says: Jul 14, 2012 6:26 PM

    They should exhume Joe Ped’s remains and place them in Jerry Scumdusky’s cell. Let the anal violations continue ! Rest In Hell, Joe Pedophile !

  31. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 14, 2012 6:44 PM

    Westboro Church Members > Joe Pa Apologists

  32. cometkazie says: Jul 14, 2012 6:57 PM

    Emory demonstrates it can be a fine university w/o a football team.

    What’s more important? Is the university there to educate its students or provide entertainment?

  33. mmmpierogi says: Jul 14, 2012 7:03 PM

    It’s not just the Penn State message boards saying that tripe, but posters here on CFT in previous threads, go back and check them from the beginning of this story and even after Judge Freeh came out with his investigatory report. Like southernpatriots’ posted they are “sychophants” or “sicko-phants.”

    *****************************************************************

    I personally believe that Paterno carries a lot of responsibility for what occurred. I also acknowledge that we’ll never know the full extent — there’s simply too much he-says/she-says at this juncture, given how long ago much of this occurred, given the fact that Paterno is no longer around to speak on the matter for himself, given the lack of trust that can be attributed to the various parties are that are still around in this, etc. However, to the extent that Paterno was responsible, then he’s getting what’s coming to him (some might argue that it’s not enough or that it’s too late — that’s fine, as well).

    With all that said, if this was at any other college or university that had built up a similar reputation over the past several decades, I wonder whether the same thing would be going down with people defending the coach who was in Paterno’s shoes. If so, to refer to Paterno apologists as “sick,” as if it’s something specific to them as individuals, is extremely myopic and probably wrong in most cases; it attributes everything to the individual, and ignores the situational and broader factors at play. I’d be willing to put down cash that, if this had happened with any other coach in college football, college basketball, etc. that had built up the kind of name recognition and rep over time that Paterno had, you would see just as many apologists. Most of them wouldn’t be “sick,” either. Misguided … perhaps. But probably not sick (whatever “sick” even really means).

    Similarly, as much as Paterno apologists might be misguided, there are those on the other side who I believe are equally misguided — people who capitalize on the Sandusky fiasco to attack the institution, students or faculty at the school, and fans or supporters of the program. For these people, it’s not about being disgusted, angry, or sad about the actual acts that occurred — the abuse, the manipulation, and the potential cover-up. Rather, it’s almost more about using the Sandusky thing as a vehicle or platform to rant about a rival team (use of the term “rival team” makes it seem more petty, immature, or explicit than what I really intend, but I couldn’t come up with a better term). It’s as though certain people (many people, perhaps — casual fans of football, those in the media, etc.) revel or relish in being able to see something of someone else’s being torn down, even if that means having to use something like this as a vehicle for it — and it’s been going on since the day this story broke national headlines in November 2011.

    It’s tangential to the larger story, but people who use the Sandusky thing for such purposes are just as misguided as the apologists, but will never draw the ire that the apologists do. Maybe I’m wrong — wouldn’t be the first time — but just an observation.

  34. Deb says: Jul 14, 2012 7:41 PM

    @dmcgrann …

    Your friend is a savvy football fan. That’s why I’m saying Penn State has to completely clean house–every member of the administration, the athletic department and coaching staff who served with Paterno, the Board of Trustees who allowed this to happen on their watch, and the entire Paterno clan. Yes, you’ll end up sacrificing some people who genuinely had nothing to do with any of it. But that’s what happens in these situations–innocent people suffer along with the guilty. Penn State can never fully recover until all these people are gone.

    But I don’t think Penn State is that unique. Many other schools have similar power structures centered around iconic coaches/sports programs. Cover-ups like this can happen anywhere people worship a coach or a program (or a CEO, televangelist, etc.). All it takes is a sacred cow like Paterno and the football program, a handful of corrupt individuals, and a lack of checks and balances. That’s why the NCAA has to come down hard on PSU–so others will remember the consequences of looking the other way and letting the team’s interests dwarf the school’s.

  35. brewcrewfan54 says: Jul 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    Bubba, i think the fact that any legacy Joe Paterno had is pretty much trashed and the other guys involved in the coverup are likely going to see prison is punishment enough. Not to mention I don’t know how much chance any of Joe’s former assistants have of getting a decent job anytime soon Why punish new students and players for something they had nothing to do with? I’m not saying don’t punish. i’m saying no death penalty.

  36. dkhhuey says: Jul 14, 2012 8:03 PM

    Ah, the more layers that are peeled back – the uglier Joe Paterno becomes and closer Pedophile U gets to the inferno! I just cannot believe what is continuing to come out of State College – the corruption, denial, and a void of even the slimmest grasp of reality outside of their little ‘Stepford Wives’ world is just plain astounding.

    Look, we’re all guilty of homer-ism for our schools but this is just plain disgusting! If this happened at OSU with Woody Hayes, I’d be the first in line to rip down the statue.

  37. cometkazie says: Jul 14, 2012 8:16 PM

    brewcrewfan54 says:
    Jul 14, 2012 7:47 PM
    Bubba, i think the fact that any legacy Joe Paterno had is pretty much trashed and the other guys involved in the coverup are likely going to see prison is punishment enough. Not to mention I don’t know how much chance any of Joe’s former assistants have of getting a decent job anytime soon Why punish new students and players for something they had nothing to do with? I’m not saying don’t punish. i’m saying no death penalty.
    +=+=+

    The institution needs to be punished as they are ultimately responsible.

    If football is so important for one’s education, go to a football school.

    This is a black eye for the entire school.

  38. antibenapalooza says: Jul 14, 2012 8:16 PM

    There is another sexual preda7or in PA to the West of Happy Valley.

  39. brewcrewfan54 says: Jul 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    Sorry kometkazie I disagree and wont be changing my mind. Like I said, I’m not against severe punishment. I’m against the death penalty.

  40. gr2phx says: Jul 14, 2012 8:33 PM

    @dkhhuey

    I agree with you that Woody Hayes would have done the right thing. Same for his protege, Bo Shembechler. But that was a different era, and the “reverence for football” mentioned in the Freeh report has gotten out of control. College football has become an entertainment industry, and university presidents depend on the income from selling their licensed merchandise to balance the budget. PSU made more profit off that than any other university. (true fact)

    I believe that JoePa would probably have done the right thing, too, thirty years ago. He succumbed to the hubris that Greek tragedy playrights wrote about over two thousand years ago. Power corrupts…

  41. cometkazie says: Jul 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    brewcrewfan54 says:
    Jul 14, 2012 8:19 PM
    Sorry kometkazie I disagree and wont be changing my mind. Like I said, I’m not against severe punishment. I’m against the death penalty.
    +=+=+

    Neither of us has any say in the matter tho!

  42. giddyphantom says: Jul 14, 2012 9:11 PM

    I don’t think the truth really matters anymore. Folks have made up their mind either way and that’s that. The Freeh report did not answer any of the questions or provide any evidence that I was looking for with respect to Joe. However, the world seems to have interpreted Curley’s 2, one-line emails to mean that Joe knew in 1998 that Sandusky was molesting kids. I don’t know what Joe knew in 1998, but clearly I don’t think those 2 emails prove what he did definitively know. Did Curley tell Joe, “Hey there’s something you don’t really want to know about yet, but I’ll let you know if it’s a big deal.” Or did he tell him everything – which included that it was fully investigated and no charges were filed. Folks who believe Joe was so powerful will insist he knew everything. Whereas, in line with the cover-up and conspiracy, I could just as easily see Curley knowing exactly what not to say to Joe to protect him. It is possible that Joe didn’t know anything substantial, and if Curley was the lapdog everyone has said, that could be the case. Hopefully, more clarity will come out in the more rigorous court cases yet to come.

    Same thing with this story. Sure, everyone wants to now draw the worst possible inferences. But, perhaps it was just that Joe knew he had cancer and was not going to make it 2012. Couldn’t that also explain why he changed his mind on when he was going to retire? The reality is that we don’t know and probably never will. And let’s face it… $3MM shouldn’t be raising anyone’s eyebrows as unusual… many college coaches make more than that in a single year.

  43. brewcrewfan54 says: Jul 14, 2012 9:30 PM

    Kometkazie, obviously we get no say. But thats what the internet is for; a bunch of people who dont matter get to bitch about stuff with people we’ll never meet in person

  44. cubano76 says: Jul 14, 2012 9:50 PM

    Hey Jay! Enjoy spending your Daddy’s “hard” earned money. POS!

  45. thepatriotsaregay says: Jul 14, 2012 10:49 PM

    if Penn State is allowed to play football this year, it would mean that Paterno, Spanier, Curly, and Schultz accomplished what they set out to do: Save Penn State football.

    They win if Penn State plays football this year. If football is played, no lesson is learned and their deeds were not in vain.

    if the NCAA is worth a damn they will institute a 1 year ban on football at Penn State.

    come on NCAA, don’t let Penn State and the evil men that ran it win.

  46. thepatriotsaregay says: Jul 14, 2012 10:54 PM

    Jay Paterno is a POS too. He got up there and LIED on ESPN yesterday…..what an a-hole. Hope your family loses ALL THE BLOOD MONEY that Paterno earned.

  47. huskerzfan says: Jul 14, 2012 11:26 PM

    60+ years of this megalomaniacs career has been shoved down our throats. And sadly he tells us all not to pass judgement before the truth be told?

    Is it a stretch to say Joe Pa is one of the biggest frauds in American history?

  48. blewinski says: Jul 15, 2012 2:19 AM

    @dannythebisforbeast

    Great question.
    _______

    Why would he have a $350k loan?

    When he had millions

  49. omniusprime says: Jul 15, 2012 9:56 AM

    Sad that our college students have to pay so much for a college education and go into a lot of debt just so some scumbag coach like JoePa can be paid millions plus have interest free loans forgiven. Just shows how the elite board of trustees were so out of touch with reality and morality. JoePa doesn’t deserve one iota of sympathy, nor his worthless apologist family, nor the despicable Penn State apologist crowd.

    The NCAA had better give Penn State the death penalty for at least two to three years since what they did was far worse than what SMU did. If not then all college football fans of proper morals ought to boycott every Penn State football game that’s live or on tv until the NCAA does the proper thing. SMU’s football program got over it’s death penalty and so will PSU.

    NCAA Give Penn State the Death Penalty!

  50. gingerkid2000 says: Jul 15, 2012 9:57 AM

    To those who don’t think Penn should receive the “Death Penalty” from the NCAA for their football program because it’s unfair to the current players & students, how do you think these current players and students are going to feel when they have to play a road game in front opposing fans? Do you honestly think there won’t be constant associations with them and pedophilia? It may be unfair to punish the innocent for what the guilty have done but the amount of ridicule the students will receive if major steps aren’t taken to change the culture at Penn will be insurmountable. Blame the media all you want but Sandusky is the monster here and Paterno along with his staff did nothing but lie, cover-up and chose to protect this human pile of excrement. Then when it appeared that they could no longer protect him they did whatever they had to do to save their own arses. Adding insult to injury, “JoePa” made sure he was able to escape liability with a sweetened deal! The students will suffer for this but the JoePa apologists need to stop protecting the very people that created this mess. It makes them look foolish, selfish and just as bad as JoePa in that they are putting a football program before lives of these young boys who were continually abused by what is obviously very dysfunctional system.

  51. natefalkirk says: Jul 15, 2012 11:28 AM

    Paterno’s dead, so we can’t hear what he would say in response to the Freeh Report. As for Jay, he’s his son, what do you expect him to do?

    I see lots of posts about death penalty and abolishing the football program.

    Right. Let’s punish the other kids who had nothing to do with this. Let’s fire the assistants, coordinators and others, throw them out on the street. That’ll teach ‘em!

    Lashing out at the innocents helps the victims how?

  52. gingerkid2000 says: Jul 15, 2012 12:59 PM

    @ natefalkirk

    Don’t worry. Should the NCAA decide not to hand PSU the Death Penalty there will be plenty fans of other college football teams who will be more than happy to make Penn’s players wish they had.

    I can see the signs in the stadiums during televised games.

    “PSU=
    Pedophile
    State
    University”

    Or

    “Penn State Football. Brought to you by NAMBLA”

    And I’m being extremely kind due to the CFT censors. So long as the BOT and NCAA choose to assume this whole thing will just blow over if they ignore it and maintain the status quo, people will continue to remind the entire body of PSU that they allowed a kid-toucher to abuse little boys at their facilities and did nothing about it even when they knew. Question comes down to do they want a controlled or uncontrolled punishment. If they’re smart they will go with the former. The latter won’t just punish current players but target them in a way that I don’t think they’ll be prepared for. People are angry and PSU needs to show that they understand this.

  53. tundra11 says: Jul 15, 2012 3:57 PM

    Joe Paterno is and always has been a piece of crap. We all knew he was a sham, now we have the proof. I hope the victims of all he created clean out his family’s bank accounts. Him and all who support him are morally bankrupt, so Joe’s family should be financially bankrupt!

  54. latchbeam says: Jul 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    Death penalty

  55. calhounite says: Jul 19, 2012 10:16 AM

    The image of the football program, and by extension, Paterno was the prime objective.

    The 1998 investigation was killed probably by Corbett on instructions from Paterno. Gricar set up a meeting at Penn State with himself and his Sandusky investigators after closing the case. This Gricar was supposedly pretty upright fellow, and maybe had second thoughts over succumbing to the pressure? So why the meeting including these chaps. Dead soonafter. Who did Paterno hire?

    What is known is that Paterno would do ANYTHING to protect the image, the base for the augmentation of his kingdom, which basically was the state. Paterno provided the gingerbread house, the land, access, money, and disneyworld that Sandusky needed to attract his victims. No Paterno, no kids.

    Maybe Paterno was a sick bastard too and Sandusky let him in on the action. Mean the guy was essentially the devil in sheep’s clothing, the diametic, absolute opposite of the image, so anything’s possible.

  56. badintent says: Jul 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    Joe was no different from every other Italian Mafia Godfather. Control freak, Monster, Socio-path vermin. These is what happens when you let these lower class primates in the door of a prime time business. Just ask any club or restaurant owner that does business with loan sharks, protection rackets, etc. They get in and take over and turn everything into scum. Or one could make the case that Joe was no different from the Wall Street Banks that ripped off America. They acted like…..casinos. And we all know who really control all the casinos………….don’t we ??? The Mob.

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