Along with hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, PSU Alumni, friends and families of current staff & students, I have watched in disbelief as this scandal broke. Details are still forthcoming, but bottom line … this is a mess! I am horrified, disgusted, and angry … but more than anything, I feel for the many, many people past and present who TRUSTED “Pa” Paterno. Nearly 50 years of faithful and outstanding service to the school, the students and families, and the athletes all washed away in the flood of emotions and information concerning those victimized.
Even when this broke the other day and students demonstrated in his front yard, when he showed up he had the nerve to tell folks to “pray for the victims!”
I’m glad they fired him! He retires, however, in disgrace, 50 yrs of hard work down the drain because of his unwillingness to go to the cops! How quickly life can change!
The former Penn State football coach, scarred by scandal after he was booted by the university Board of Trustees for not doing enough to report allegations his former defensive coordinator was molesting kids, has lost his senators’ support for his nomination to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“In light of the recent events in State College, we are rescinding our support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican, and Bob Casey, a Democrat, said in a joint statement.
“We hope the proper authorities will move forward with their investigation without delay. Penn State is an important institution in our commonwealth. We should turn our attention to the victims of these atrocious crimes and ensure they get the help they need. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and their families,” they said.
The two senators and Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., nominated Joe Pa for the nation’s highest civilian honor in September, citing the coach’s contributions to athletics and higher education.
In a letter to President Obama, the lawmakers cited what was at the time Paterno’s career wins and long tenure, including two national championships and three Big Ten titles. CONTINUE READING