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The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

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