It had to happen sooner rather than later but no one at the start of the season would have imagined this is how it would end. The house that Joe built has kicked him out to the curb. I will not enter the moral reasons for which he was fired. He should be fired for not following up but let us not forget, he did report it. That is neither here or there. What I will discuss is respect. After so many years and the fact that he was not the one that abused anyone, he should have been allowed to complete the rest of the season. I think 46 years loyalty can buy you just 3 more months.
Paterno won more games than any other major college coach in history. He told a grand jury investigation that when he was informed in 2002 of his assistant coach’s alleged sexual abuse of a boy, he passed the information on to the athletic director but did not follow up. The alleged abuse continued for several more years.
Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged on Saturday with sexually abusing eight young boys over a period of nearly 15 years. Two university officials were also charged with failing to report an incident when it happened in 2002.
Over 1,000 protesting Penn State University students protested on campus yesterday to share that same sentiment. They were chanting “Hell no, Joe won’t go” and “We want Joe back.” One student said: “I think it’s only fair to let him (Paterno) ride out the season because this is the house that Joe built.” Police and state troopers in riot gear attempted to clear the streets.