After spearheading the investigation into Penn State University during the Jerry Sandusky scandal, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett seemed to soften his stance on former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Corbett admitted Paterno “probably” should not have been fired and should have had an opportunity to finish out the 2011 season.
“They probably shouldn’t have fired him. They probably should have suspended him,” Corbett told the Inquirer. “He probably should have been given the last three games, not on the sideline.”
Paterno was fired with four games remaining in is last season at the helm of the Nittany Lions. The octogenarian died two months after a short battle with cancer.
The university has been working damage control ever since. The first step in the right direction to reclaim Paterno’s legacy came Sept. 11 when a judge ruled in favor of the Paterno family in a lawsuit against the NCAA.
More questions were raised Wednesday about how the NCAA handled the initial sanctions placed on Penn State. A series of emails were uncovered that questioned the NCAA’s legal ability to even place sanctions on the program. Due to the embarrassment the school suffered, it decided to accept the sanctions anyhow.
Corbett’s comments come just two days after this was revealed. Penn State supporters made sure to jump on the opportunity presented the former governor and his new stance.
“Revelations like this would have been meaningful three years ago, before the patently false narrative about Joe Paterno was cemented in minds across America,” said Maribeth Roman Schmidt, a member of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. “We hope Tom Corbett will continue to share his regrets in an effort to restore the fine reputations of both Joe Paterno and Penn State University.”