Just read through some of these quotes from trustee....
"Coach Paterno was never interviewed for the report, and the two university employees charged with crimes have not had their day in court. To rely upon such a report to issue punishment is beyond reckless, and should not be supported in any way by the leadership of Penn State......"
That was the problem from the git go. Everyone had to get Joe Paterno's input before they would move forward on reporting a rape on their campus. Seriously?
The fact that all these people who have made Joe Paterno bigger than the football team and the University itself, communicated to the NCAA that someone had to totally wreck the program and the University had no intention of doing it themselves.
The fact that there was even a debate as to whether a freakin statute whould stay up was even more reason the NCAA had to act as aggressively as they did.
I read one quote from a trustee who said that this will diminish his legacy of instilling character in his players.
Let's question the character of one of his players who's judgment dictated that he 1) not stop the rape of a child in progress? 2) when you report it, you don't go to the cops but to THE COACH? and 3) when he continued to see this pedophile on campus never questioned it to the higher ups?
I don't have an opinion one way or the other on Joe Paterno. I gather he was a decent man but even he became obsessed putting his legacy over the protection of a child. When it comes to Joe Paterno this Edmund Burke quote seems to fit.“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
And until the people of Penn State recognize Joe Paterno in that vain, they deserve what they got.