5 thoughts on “College football

  1. The other unmentionable is the vast amount of money gambled on college football and basketball, some of through the actual Mafia. There is so much money here sloshing around from the coaches’ salaries, their on-the-side youth training camps, the donors’ freebes, that even small town coaches in run down second rate programs such as my alma mater feel like they need to be millionaires. Our big state university is about to be socked with a lawsuit and a $25 million dollar penalty for breaking its contract to switch conferences. And so what? They already have had coaches who broke their contracts both to come and go from their program. And nobody thinks a thing about the failure of integrity in any of it. They are supposed to be teachers at a university, for ##@@@@&&, what are they teaching to their players?

  2. Kicking Joe to the curb is a sideshow to distract from the real objective.


    Our Marathon Oil President/VP Board of Trustees John Surma and his friends can now put someone in place to shut up those pesky climate scientist like Mike Mann. Tom (I get paid 75k per month to lobby for fracking) will put an end to annoying studies by our geology department on the impact of fracking.

    While everybody watches the Paterno Circus, nobody sees the right wing coup d’eta on science.

  3. Paterno did what the law stated a person in his position should do if alerted to some kind of bad actions by a subordinate. He reported the allegation to his superiors.

    Had he done more he and the university might have been liable.

    Since 2002, when Paterno learned of the allegation and acted according to the law, PA changed the law to mandate informing superiors, and possibly going directly to the police.

    Paterno himself did not see the action alleged by the grad student assistant. So, for him, it was hearsay.

    I do have great admiration for the grad student for bringing it to the attention of Paterno; some might have feared retaliation for bringing up such a charge. Paterno must have done something right that made this grad student trust him enough to come to Paterno and tell him about the thing he allegedly witnessed.

    And I have absolutely no dog in this hunt.

  4. JoePa WAS the boss. There was no one superior to him. Not in reality. He failed to protect children. The witness should have broken up the rape and called 911. He was a quarterback for Pete’s sake. When he told JoePa about the rape, JoePa should have called the cops or taken the witness to the cops. How hard is that to understand? Wouldn’t you do that?

    JoePa was also around for the earlier incident when Sandusky quietly “retired.” Willful blindness is the same as knowledge. Allowing a child rapist to continue raping (because he can never stop) is a failure of the highest order.

    JoePa (what a ludicrous moniker for someone who has failed to protect children) protected himself first, then his beloved program, then his 30+-year buddy. He failed to protect the innocents, ensuring them lifetimes of pain and suffering. The witness gets himself a fulltime gig as coach. Which he never would have gotten had he gone to the police as he should have. Very commendable behavior.

    And I fail to see how calling the police could make the university or JoePa liable. For what? Sandusky is going to sue? When everybody in the joint knew he liked to give it to little boys up the butt? That’s right. Protect JoePa first. We wouldn’t want him to be victimized, not like all those little boys.

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