Should Joe Paterno Have Been Fired?

By Mack Rawden 2011-11-09 23:38:06
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With the benefit of hindsight, Joe Paterno said he would have done more, but his Monday morning quarterbacking wasn’t enough to save his job. The head coach of Penn State is out after forty-six seasons and four hundred and nine victories. He released a statement earlier in the day indicating he would bow out at season’s end, but the university trustees voted unanimously to boot him immediately.

Just a few weeks ago, the thought of firing Joe Paterno mid-season would have been laughable. A strong case could be made that no man in the history of Penn State has ever wielded more power or casted a longer shadow, but then again, no man in the history of Penn State has ever been embroiled in such a sickening and miserable scandal. His longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with molesting eight boys, some on the grounds of Penn State. According to the Grand Jury, Paterno was informed about a despicable incident of sodomy between the recently retired defensive coordinator and a young boy. Paterno says he wasn’t told the whole story; others say differently. Regardless, he failed to call the police and simply reported the matter to his supervisor who basically did nothing. He didn’t follow up, and he continued to let Sandusky operate football camps and go on outings with young boys without warning anyone of the dangers.

According to CBS, Paterno is rumored to have said, “You give your life to this place and that’s how your treated” immediately after he was notified. It’s a bitter and disgusting end for a man who just weeks ago had high approval ratings.

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