Skip to comments.Good Riddance, Joe Paterno [Warning: Graphic Penn State 'rant']
Posted on 11/11/2011 1:25:04 AM PST by Colofornian
The Penn State legend tried to do an end-run around the trustees, but they still fired him for doing nothing to stop the alleged sexual abuse of young boys. Now its time to ditch the rotten college football system, says Buzz Bissinger.
Like everyone else, I cannot get the scandal of Pennsylvania State University out of my mind.
The story is unfolding at the speed of sound, not just the worst sports scandal in modern history but also one of the worst scandals in modern history:
A former Penn State assistant coach for 29 years and alleged sexual predator, Jerry Sandusky, apparently continued unchecked because of the failure of university officials and head football coach deity Joe Paterno to do anything that might have made a difference instead of what they collectively did achieve:
Buck-passing and unconscionable cowardice.
Paterno announced in a statement Wednesday that he would retire as head coach at the end of the football season after 46 years. He tried to sound like a humble martyr, but he was selfish and self-serving as usual. With the hubris and arrogance that has been the hallmark of his career over the past decade, the over-the-hill 84-year-old attempted to do an end-run around the Penn State board of trustees, who have been meeting to decide his fate. Paterno was hoping he could forever claim he decided to leave the football program of his own accord. The trustees called his bluff Wednesday night, firing Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.
Paterno is just a part of this whole sordid, shameful disgrace. He is easy to focus on because of his mythic stature, all false idol, as it turns out. But I find myself not caring about him anymore, particularly now that he has been let go.
What I am trying to fathom is how it ever became possible that so many men of power and intellect did nothing when it became obvious, because it was abundantly obvious on the basis of the findings of fact handed down earlier this week by a Pennsylvania investigative grand jury, that a former assistant coach familiar to all of them was apparently plucking out little boys as young as 10 to f--k up the ass or be on the receiving end of blowjobs.
(Note: we need to stop the daintiness and describe the alleged offenses for what they truly are in the vernacular to somehow try to capture the monstrousness. Not anal intercourse or oral sex, which sounds clinical, but butt-f--king and blowjobs and cock-grabbing and pants-groping and other assorted acts that the 67-year-old Sandusky allegedly inflicted on eight minor victims over a 15-year span, according to the 23-page grand-jury report, and resulted in 40 counts of serial sex abuse of minors.)
I think the answer to the question of inaction is simple. It wasnt a matter of university officials and football staffers in Happy Valley not wanting to deal with it (which they didnt), or not following up (which they didnt), or having better things to do like attending Friday-night football pep rallies. There is no great conspiracy theory at work.
What happened, or more accurately did not happen, goes to the core of evil that major college sports programs in this country have become, equivalent to Mafia families in which the code of omertà rules and coaches and staff always close ranks around their own, even if it means letting someone who was first accused of inappropriate sexual conduct in 1998 continue to roam.
The horror of it all, both in terms of what Sandusky allegedly did and what Penn State officials did not, can be summed up by a single sound.
It is a rhythmic, slapping sound, according to page 6 of the grand-jury report. It is heard by a 28-year-old football graduate assistant named Mike McQueary in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on the Penn State Campus at 9:30 on the Friday night of March 1, 2002.
McQueary is placing some new sneakers into his locker. At first he finds it odd that the lights and showers are on. Then he hears the sound coming from the showers. He looks inside and according to his grand-jury testimony, sees the cause of the sound: a naked child of roughly 10 years old with his hands up against the wall with a naked Sandusky butt-f--king him from behind. Sadistic, yes. Sick, yes. Beyond disturbing, yes. Deviant, yes. Immediate grounds for calling the police? Of course, yes. The upshot?
Nothing. Nada. Not a goddamn thing but the passing of the buck up the food chain of bureaucratic bullshit where too many people know that something awful has happened and try to bury it.
McQueary, who witnessed the incident, witnessed it, doesnt call the police, although he is 28. He runs to his daddy. His daddy advises him to tell Paterno. He tells Paterno. The great JoePa, who regardless of his noncredible insistence in grand-jury testimony that he was never told the specific nature of the sexual act, does at the very least acknowledge that McQueary did relate to him that Sandusky was fondling a young boy.
Unless fondling of young boys by assistant football coaches at Penn State is commonplace and encouraged, that alone should be enough to make Paterno go to the police. Or being the father figure he supposedly is, tell McQueary that he has to go to the police and will accompany him, given that Paterno is the most popular and powerful man in Pennsylvania, with instant credibility.
But Paterno does nothing beyond fulfilling his minimal obligation. He passes the information he says he has on to athletic director Tim Curley and thats it, the obviousness that Sandusky is doing something terrible apparently far less important than such crucial pursuits as watching game films of the last Ohio State game. And on up the food chain it goesto senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, all the way up to Spanier, the university president. But with each iteration the incident only seems to become more diluted and more muddled or, as the grand-jury report unequivocally indicates, some of those aware of what happened are lying their balls off to try to minimize what they really knew. Which would also explain the action that the university ultimately took against Sandusky:
He had his keys to the locker room taken away, which he had still maintained after he stopped coaching in 1999.
Which may also explain that in the wake of such draconian punishment, Sandusky subsequently gave blowjobs to a minor roughly 13 years old more than 20 times in 2007 and 2008, according to the grand-jury findings of fact.
Joe will mercifully be gone, along with President Spanier. Curley has gone and Schultz stepped down. So should McQueary, who is actually the most gutless in not telling police what he witnessed. The entire Penn State coaching staff, too much under the influence of Paterno, should go.
And so, frankly, should major college football and basketball as it exists now, rotten beyond repair, as has been pointed out a thousand times. Totally disconnected from the academic experience, they are insulated kingdoms with their own rules and reigns of terror because of the money they make, trading in illegal recruiting and illegal gifts and illegal favors, and now, thanks to Penn State, alleged sexual abuse of children by a former coach who must have assumed he would always be protected. Just like a Mafia soldier.
Except that the even the Mafia has higher moral standards.
Add this to your list. I believe this will be the bigger story as the heat is turned up.
Revealed: Prosecutor who failed to nail Penn State coach for ‘sex abuse’ vanished in 2005 and was declared ‘legally dead’ this year
Culture is the manufactory of the Man. People have always been flawed, but a strong Culture give them something to lean on in tough moments. Culture won’t stop evil rather it fights it. Simply put: There was nothing bigger in any of these ‘persons’ (they are not Men)lives than Happy Vally, Football and Joe Pa.
“I think that people are jumping on Joe Paterno because that makes more news than writing about the actual alleged perp..”
This isn’t tunnel vision, it’s intermittant vision. Joe Paterno’s silence got even more children raped than would have been the case if he’d actually been the Man he liked to pretend that he was.
Maybe the queer frat at Penn State will have sandusky march with them in their next gay pride parade. these sick humans degrade and contaminate everything they infiltrate. Schools, churches, entertainment, military, and all
I read that, too. I am positively sick. Waiting for that shoe to drop.
PSU circled the wagons...just like they did around that globull warming professor that falsified his data. They conducted an INTERNAL investigation and found nothing wrong. Of course.
As a Pa. taxpayer, though, the settlements these families are inevitably going to get better not come from anywhere else but the Penn State employees (coaches) or the University itself. I refuse to be part of that foodchain.
You are right. Penn State is also the home of the Global Warming hoax.
Sandusky wasn’t just a sick pervert, he was a total predator.
He set up an organization to be used as a supply of boys to molest.
He adopted 5 boys and many foster children. They need to interview every single child that entered that home and was in that organization.
I think his perversions are going to be huge, when this is fully investigated.
To hell with all of them...JoePa and Mcqueary...this interim coach is in it up to his stinking neck too....Just watch.
If one wants to see what happens when you embrace the homosexual agenda of gay marriage, etc, just look at Europe where most countries have lowered their age of consent to 14 (still not enough) and decriminalized pedophilia dramatically.
Correct - also interesting how the MSM covers this and never mentions homosexuality... instead watchfor the attacks on the football programs but not on the perpetrators.
It’s hard for me to read this thing, it’s so sickening, so I’m just going to ask here:
Did the police ever arrest the person who was witnessed having sex with a 10 year old boy?
A 28 year-old guy running home to his father for advice on what to do in this situation tells me we're dealing with a seriously stunted personality here.
Paterno went down but McQueary didn’t ? I don’t get it.
McQueary should be fired for not going to the cops!
Did Paterno know that there were many more kids assaulted than the one kid McQueary saw? If he did, then I agree with his immediate firing. If not, then he should have been allowed to finish the season.
You’re right. Paterno should have announced the real reason Sandusky was kicked off the coaching staff back in ‘99. I wonder how that would have went over.
I can't be sure of that. There are several PSU officials, former officials & athletic department officials that sit on the board of The Second Mile Foundation. Several people wear 2 hats. Not uncommon for a college town. The foundation must be investigated, too.
My respect for paterno is down the drain, if all of this is true. “The Penn State legend tried to do an end-run around the trustees” That is exactly what he was trying to do, control the situation. Well, goodbye, you old fart.
Barry’s big on gay rights. I’ve always wondered why Spanier didn’t get the job as SecEd, what the Feds knew about Sandusky and when they knew it.
I take it Sandusky is a proud member of the homosexual community??
preying on young boys has always been their way -
The “Paterno-phase” of this scandal has hit its high-water mark. Now the university & the Second Mile Foundation are under the microscope. There will be a lot more coming out.
It´s more than a distraction - it actively corrupts the admissions and learning process, as the University has to go through the motions of pretending to give the “student athletes” a college education. It hurts the students, it hurts the athletes, and it makes little sense.