The old boss speaks

Haven’t made much of a point to post everything going on at Penn State. Here of course are the basics. Jerry Sandusky will go to try for 40 counts related to sexual abuse of minors. Joe Paterno says he’s retiring at the end of the season, though the Board of Trustees will have to decide if he’s going to make it that far. Sources have told various outlets that President Graham Spanier might not make it through the day.

There has  been a lot of outstanding journalism, including dozens and dozens of on-the-mark columns about the situation. Here’s one of the best, written by my former boss, Penn State classmate and Daily Collegian cohort Chris Korman, who is now an editor at the Baltimore Sun and was one of the architects of this here blog.



  1. What is the process to de-committ from PSU? Can other big 10 schools pick up de-commit players?

    I am sad for the way this was addressed by the school, and reflects bad on all the leadership.

  2. How can you force the president of the university to step down and then let the current coach stay on the sidelines? Resignation at the end of the season? Really? How could he smile in front of those fans outside his house? The Nebraska vs. Penn State game should be canceled. At minimum, Penn State’s season should be over.

  3. I pity any future BigTen University Korman is assigned to cover in the future. It seems to guarantee a fall from grace and scandal at a previously clean record University. Can anyone confirm that he was not writing for OSU when their tattoo scandal came out?

    On a serious note, what a sad situation for those families and now grown up children who were a part of this. Nothing good about this.

  4. excellent article. Paterno is so out of touch, he doesn’t realize how inappropriate it would be if he ever coached another game.

  5. FWIW, I agree that Paterno (as well as the coach that witnessed an assault) need to leave. As for the team, why should they be punished for something they had no part of and were not aware of. In addition, you would be punishing Nebraska. I am sure they would rather play Penn State and earn a win, and not just be given the win. Also, I have read may articles on this and Korman’s is the best.

  6. Scott Van Pelt quoted from Chris’s article on ESPN today. Did you guys hear that the former DA in State College disappeared without a trace a couple years ago and was just recently declared dead. Now, there’s some fodder for conspiracy theorists.

  7. I asked myself what would Joe Paterno have done about the alleged rape if this were reported about Sandusky and one of the Paterno grandkids? Good-bye Joe.

  8. It disgusts me how the students had a rally to support that monster.

    And yes, Joe is a monster for letting it happen.

  9. Agree with all the above comments. I actually just heard some moron on ESPN(I think it was a former player) suggesting Paterno certainly regrets not asking what his assistant was specifically doing with the 10-year-old in the shower.” What? Specifically? This in now the defense for letting him coach one more game? He thought certain activities in the shower with a 10-year-old could be harmless?


    CNN reported earlier today that there were a certain number of Nebraska players that felt the game should not be played. I can’t say how much truth in CNN’s reporting or how many Nebraska players felt that way. CNN claimed that it was out of respect for the victims some felt the game should be canceled.

  10. The pathetic attempts to make excuses for Paterno and his assistant are disgusting. All there is to know is that a child was being raped and this assistant coach left the child with that monster while he called dad to see what he should do. WTF!? Criminal…. That’s what this is.

  11. Paterno’s statement today said he was “devastated by the developments in the case.” Too bad he wasn’t ‘devastated’ when McQueary told him about the shower room encounter back in 2002. If he had done the right thing then, he would not have squandered his long-standing, hard-earned reputation.
    It takes a lifetime to build a great reputation and only an instant to destroy it.

  12. For anyone who hasn’t read the CK article, I think it is a worthwhile read. He should not coach another game. I think those defending Joe Pa on the grounds of fulfilling his legal obligations should be ashamed of themselves. Laws should never be the only obligation. What happened to morals? Isn’t Joe Pa from the time of moral strength and commitment to upholding some higher form of moral code?

  13. No one should be surprised that some have rallied to Paterno’s defense. When it comes to sports icons, sanity fails some people. Even the most corrupt politicians have their loyalists. IN NO WAY TO COMPARE THE PSU AFFAIR to anything that was ever tolerated at IU, Bob Knight had his mindless defenders when he had obviously screwed up and was deserving of more discipline than IU dared hand out.

    U. Miami must be breathing a big sigh of relief! The scandal of tolerating a money-fountain booster who bought whores, abortions and more for players, and offered bounties to them for injuring opposing players, will now fall even further off the radar than it already has.

    As to Paterno’s contract, it has never been made public notwithstanding that it is with a govt. entity. PSU has successfully fought Freedom of Information Act requests in court to keep it secret (most contracts are available at “ if anyone cares to look). Most contracts between businesses/institutions and star talent, however, contain a morals clause that allows termination in the event of certain misdeeds by the employee. Even Hollywood’s contracts with the narcissistic hedonists who star in their movies have such clauses. So don’t buy the legal bull-oney about P.S.U.’s contract obligations to Joe Paterno.

  14. I can’t think of any collegiate sport scandal (if you categorize it as such) that even comes close to this short of murder. A GA kept on walking after seeing a ten year old boy being raped in the shower. Instead of saving the boy he talked it over with his dad. WTF? It moved up the chain and all the PSU powers that be did was tell him to take it off campus and they didn’t even enforce THAT. No one with any knowledge of this should escape jail. I wish the NCAA would strip Paterno of ALL his wins. That pious bastard. I have no sympathy for him. He empowered and protected a child molester. How many lives were destroyed because of that coward? At the very, very, very least I hope no program will ever allow anyone with any knowledge of this to ever work again.

  15. It is stunning, criminal and nauseating (how can any adult live with the images of the heinous crime they all participated- by commission or by omission- in not immediately acting to stop the rape, in being part of a conspiracy to cover-up knowledge of the rapes(s) and abuse and sodomy against children.

    Make no mistake, any one who knew the slightest detail is not only immoral, he is a criminal. I do not know the Pennsylvania criminal code, but I assume it includes conspiracy laws. If there was any communication between any of the individuals to withhold any knowledge of the bestial crimes it may also well be (thank God) that RICO federal conspiracy laws may be applicable, including against the institution (Penn State University) itself. (Certainly federal money is in their budget, so jurisdiction should be a small problem).

    The point is well taken. I don’t know who is more deviant, a priest entrusted with our souls or a coach entrusted with …our trust. The good part?: RICO suits have been filed against Catholic dioceses, using racketeering laws to prosecute the highers-up in the episcopacy for abuses committed by those under their authority. In Ohio, a grand jury considered RICO racketeering conspiracy as a consequence of sexual abuse by Cleveland clergy, including against its higher authorities. During the scandal former Cleveland archbishop Bernard Law, went on the lam and into exile in the Vatican City. Far as I know, they’re still hiding him there.

    RICO? Yes, RICO anti-racketeering conspiracy laws. Any conversation or plan between the head coach, assistant coach, the athletic director, the vice-president for finance and the president that may have sought to contain knowledge or hide the criminal actions may expose all of them to violating federal RICO conspiracy laws. There are now a minimum of at least five individuals involved. Prosecuting attorneys love this kind of case. Someone will flip.

    But the smell that hangs around…that’s the NCAA’s moral turpitude, and complicity in creating this stew of rotten meat and rancid souls. Revolting! And totally corrupt!,..when we see criminal behavior and conspiracies like at Penn State University where 10-year-olds were being sexually raped and abused; the corruption of buying and selling prostitutes, dope, cars and whatever else you were shopping for at Miami; the Fiesta Bowl Committee’s bribery and influence peddling (prostitutes and immoral, but lavish and often obscene gifts also made their way around athletic directors, coaches and university executives); and, our noble and admired, The Ohio State University talent ‘trafficking’ scandal; all incubated within the realm of our solemn ‘halls of knowledge and human dignity’ and fed by the Universities’ money-making arms, the NCAA’s billion dollar programs of bounty and graft; you can’t think about merely sanctions or suspensions or ineligibility or ‘taking back the trophy’.

    Review the list of the recent- just the last five years- history. The NCAA needs to be disbanded! Its famous ‘watchdog compliance’ arm dismissed in shame. I don’t want JoePa gone. I want Joe Paterno and all his co-conspirators; and all of the other overpaid, abusive, exploiting, slime operators who stand by and never look inside the stadium, or inside the faculties, or inside the administrations…or, knowing it’s happening, turn a blind eye to the shower room. More than anything, I want the indignity of the NCAA covered with lime, gasoline and burned.

    Then, start all over. This time, the motto should be “The Nature of Man’s is good; he’s just better if you watch him!”

    Think this is exaggerated? Think again about the scene in the shower where a ‘former legendary defensive coach’ who was the ‘heir apparent’ to an ‘exemplary college sports program’ was raping a 10-year-old boy who had gone to a local agency looking for a friend, a father figure and a hero. And no-one did anything to help the boy. I want to vomit.

    Now light the damn match!

  16. Tsao- on that note, can you meet for lunch at Seven, 400 E. Randolph at 12:30 p.m. Friday 11/11/11? Post a response on this thread. If you don’t post here, I won’t be there.

  17. I fault McQueary even more than JP. He is 2nd only to Sandusky to be targeted in a firing squads cross-hairs. If there is enough ammo left then the rest should be blindfolded too.

  18. Maybe davis and Tsao could arrange their lunch dates in some other manner than using Scoop? I think it’s a beautiful thing to see friendships grow and move outside the veil of a blog. May it can blossom into a long and lasting bond that will involve many more eatery rendezvouses at stylish Randolph and Wabash locations in the high rent districts of Chicago. Maybe a monthly trip to the theatre together or an afternoon coffee at the Michigan Ave. Art Institute every Friday will become part of a new routine…Just seems a bit odd to keep playing out these continual barely missed encounters and resetting of dates and times on here. I really hope it works out. I don’t have any friends and it just kind of pisses me off that I can’t even make a friend through my day-to-day contacts at the drug addiction rehab center and you guys can build a meaningful relationship born out of something as simple as shared narcissistic and exhibitionistic tendencies. Some people just have the people skills. I never even got a Nick’s invitation from JPat. Maybe Chet would like to go cycling with me…doubt it. I bet Dustin would do a lunch at Trojan Horse…How ’bout it, Dustin? Want to do lunch with Harvard?

  19. Harvard, you are out of line. Reread your own post and ask yourself what it is that may interfering with developing friendships with you. I know I tried to be friendly with and supportive of you, but it seems a pointless gesture.

  20. Davis, if you’re driving, pull into the parking garage and get a ticket. I’ll have a pass for you for the parking.

  21. Tsao- will be driving, thanks. If I’m not there by 12:30 the traffic gods have intervened and I’ll not have made it. Harvard, never mind Chet- no one at all will go cycling with you ’cause you probably look awful in those Lycra shorts. Sorry to hog bandwith my blossoming relationship with Tsao (I have a gimp fetish), but for reasons you make obvious I’m not about to put my phone # here. Thanks for following us, though. And I never go to the theatre, it’s for wimps. But the Lyric Opera (which boasts more than a few IU music grads in its world class ranks), that’s another story- murder, incest, betrayal, rape, and the gӧtterdӓmmerung. That’s what I call drama!

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