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That he controlled the university is ridiculous. You have no evidence to prove that but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary ... That he frequently butted heads with the decision makers who ran/run the school. Especially when it came to Sandusky. Joe Paterno had no input or control over his retirement package and it was very well know that JoePa didn't even like Sandusky.
The fact that all you know about Penn State is football and Joe Paterno is your problem, not ours. It does not make your assumptions about our school true. Do you assume every big name sports coach "runs" their university. It's silly. We had a BoT who wanted him out.
And to repeat others comments, how is going to his supervisors (one of whom was the head of university police) covering it up? He was not an eye witness to the crime so what he reported was hearsay. And Sandusky wasn't even an employee of the university at that point. A cover up is NOT TELLING ANYONE! You expect him, a hearsay witness, to go into the police department and start demanding to know what's happening with an ongoing investigation just because he's Joe Paterno? Now THAT'S unethical.
1 year, 4 months ago on Todd Blackledge doesn't think Penn State had a football culture problem
Broken record says what? Thanks for just repeating verbatim the nonsense we've been hearing from every single hater who reads lots of headlines and listens to lots of blowhard sports commentators who desperately need ratings.
Joe Paterno was without question the most beloved person on campus. He was the face of Penn State. But to make the stretch that he controlled the uis
It is laughable to anyone who has ever spent time at Penn State ... this notion of a "football culture" at that school. I am a proud PSU alum but I also grew up in Texas so I know a little something about football culture ... I spent every Friday night as a child along with about 15,000 others watching our high school football team. Most of my friends went to UT, OU and various SEC schools. My sister went to OU while they were on probation post-Switzer and my best friend went to SMU while they were still on the death penalty. So seriously, spare me the "Penn State has a football culture" bs.
Penn State is a school that encourages academics and philanthropy above all else. Do your judgmental selves a favor and google THON, or Lift for Life. Look into our graduation rates. Google John Urschel for God's sake! Then talk to me about how your "football schools" stack up. We love our football team and our coaches and we want them to win as much as you want your teams to win. But there is not a single student, alumni, staff member or member of the community who would be ok with risking the safety of one single child over football. Enough with the feigned indignation as if you somehow care more about children than we do.
I also know as a Penn Stater that the vast majority of us want nothing but THE TRUTH, and the more we learn, the less the initial narrative spun by the media makes sense. We are angry at our BoT and administration for rolling over in an attempt to sweep it all under the rug. We are infuriated about how a man who has lived an honorable life was treated. We roll our eyes when people talk about Joe being all knowing and all powerful because we know it wasn't the case! We were there ... you weren't! He was the most revered on campus by far, but by alums and students ... We know about the power struggles with the administration and BoT.
We are outraged by the silence of The Second Mile, Gov Corbett (who dropped the 1998 case as AG and then accepted campaign $ from Second Mile) and Freeh, who built his case on supposition and conjecture and who refuses to comment on the report after promising complete transparency. And the NCAA ... Jesus, don't get me started.
Thank goodness for Todd Blackledge and other Penn Staters who want the truth and are standing up for a good man whose reputation was wrongly dragged through the mud. You are all suckers for believing "journalists" who report complete factual inaccuracies and just report what the guy next to them reports rather than doing their research and asking hard questions. Bob Costas finally admitted he didn't even read the Freeh report when he first passed judgment on Paterno ... When he finally did he realized it didn't make sense. Maybe someone at this Deadspin ripoff blog might one day brush up on their reading too.