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OK, one more from a PSU alum on Joe Paterno. 

I didn't think I could get more incensed.   Penn State is a public university.  You can argue that the glory that Paterno helped bring to the football team (also giving credit to the unpaid athletes who actually played the games) was a factor in elevating the institution over the years.  But you can also say that Paterno himself benefited even more, with the platform of a large public university in circumstances where huge appreciation -- and love -- was granted to a guy who ran the football team.  If Joe ever went pro, he would have been just another coach -- not even paid as well -- and one whose job was in danger if he didn't produce every year.  

In recent years, PSU like other public institutions was under massive pressure to reduce costs and raise tuition, to take higher paid students in favor out out of staters.  And what was Paterno doing?  Using the esteem he had earned over the years as a bargaining chip, a chip that trumped even the increasingly certain knowledge that a cancerous blight on his squeaky clean image was about to be revealed.  He even wanted post-retirement access to the fucking private plane!   That galls me the most.  With millions of dollars in settlement -- getting paid to step down in a way that didn't portray the PSU establishment as insufficiently grateful for his service -- he still wanted to use university funds to fly around like some Saudi prince. 

Well, they paid him.  But of course, they had to fire him anyway, and the students (unaware of the depths real story as Freeh would tell it) rioted to support Good Old Joe.  

And now that they bought him off, what is the legacy Paterno left to Penn State, my alma mater?   It is now the nightmare example of a corrupt, soulless, child-abuse-enabling perversion of an educational institution turned whore for big football.  

Until today, I felt that, in terms of history, that statue should be kept up, with the addition of a big plaque which explained why he was fired.  Now I'm thinking it should be melted down and sold for scrap, with the money going to help pay off the gym fees for the Paterno family.  
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Why should anyone be surprised by this?
 
Disgusting:

"In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys. Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines of what would become a giant scandal had been published in a local newspaper.

That same month, Mr. Paterno, the football coach at Penn State, began negotiating with his superiors to amend his contract, with the timing something of a surprise because the contract was not set to expire until the end of 2012".

And they gave him everything he demanded. What a disgrace.
 
The statue should remain, but rotated. This will demonstrate Paterno looking the other way.
 
I'm the last one to comment, because I think all sport is criminal, from the money taxpapers with no interest in baseball, football, basketball or hockey have to pay to subsidize professional sports to how it has corrupted higher education for the benefit of the most elite group of greedy, monopolistic capitalists. So, yes, blow it up, plow it over and put up a parking lot.
 
I just got my graduate degree from University of Michigan. I didn't go there for undergrad, and my undergraduate school didn't have a football team. The entire time I lived in Ann Arbor I felt, overwhelmingly, that the entire football aspect of University of Michigan was a blight on the institution. I could see all the signs that it had once been this grand old tradition, and in the past it seemed (maybe just because of the naïveté of nostalgia) to be somewhat more innocent and fun, but every aspect of the current incarnation smacked of greedy eyed money grubbing. Everything was calculated to prey on the pocketbooks of those who felt that nostalgia and school spirit. Buy a sticker! Buy a hat! Buy a parking spot! Buy a shirt!

I also felt like the emotional development of the kids who played the games was undoubtedly stunted by the intense pressure and the accompanying worship. One 18-year old player at Michigan was featured on a giant three-panel poster in the center of town. Because he was played so hard, so young, it was commonly agreed that his chances of making it to the NFL intact were extremely slim. I'd get these opinions from huge fans of Michigan football, who would discuss it like they were talking about horses.

I could go on and on, but my basic point is that I was shocked by how corrupt, soulless, and calculating the entire institution of college football seemed, and your post only confirms those feelings for me.
 
My own opinion of the man has changed totally. Never believed squeaky clean but this is beyond acceptable behavior by a man presented as some kind of hero. A term all too easily bestowed today on people in sports. He was a football coach, yes a very successful one but that's to equivalent of leading men in war on a battlefield. Those are true heroes!

He also, in my opinion, should have gracefully retired at least ten years ago. After all these sordid details have been revealed, as they inevitably usually are, it's clear to me why he didn't. As the saying goes power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Another fine example!

To the remaining apologists in the sports media still attempting put positive spin on this by referencing his record on the field, my advice is to just shut up and go away.
 
Nothing is more important at Penn State then the sports program and the millions it brings in. In article after you see the evidence if it.

Protect the program at all costs. Nothing is more important. Not children, not justice.

When the story broke they didn't even have the sense to act like they were serious about investigating or responding. Football games went on as scheduled, no one was suspended and alumni checks kept coming in.

Can you imagine how big the riot would have been if they'd shut down the football program while investigation was done like they should have?

Like I said, they couldn't even pretend to be serious about investigating this---

Let the civil lawsuits begin and I hope those poor victims end up owning that god forsaken football stadium and sell it for scrap.

 
The sad thing is that this behavior is condoned by the university (not all, but some) by the fact that they have institutionalized the cover-up.  Until that gets fixed, these kinds of things will continue to happen.  And that will take a lot of changes within the wider culture, because universities are, sadly, responding to the fact that one black mark can mar the entire institution, even if that mark is called out immediately and cut from the fold.  And so you end up with unis protecting themselves from public downfall...It's sick and it needs to stop.
 
The biggest picture of all of this: Too much money, power, pride, adulation and media exposure couched in a GAME, for God's sake. Football is no more valuable than checkers or Angry Birds. Unimportant on any scale. Irrelevant to 99 percent of people on Earth. Benefits VERY few. Injurious to all participants. Yet people buy into it and other sports because they need something to attach themselves to, in order to feel better about themselves. Fine -- how do PSU fans feel about themselves, their team, and their coaches now?
 
+Chris J. Preimesberger It seems like "only a GAME" but of course it is about money and power. How often do institutions turn a blind eye to evil "for the greater good" of those who benefit from the institution, be it university, church or bank.
 
Institutions that harbor , and in this case reward, such crimes against the young are far into a circle of the inferno that still needs a proper naming. Those that support such institutions without reservation should have tickets to such a place booked for them in advance. 

As a sidebar, what Sports have done to Education...a thread that I think would span several chunks on the Gclouds drives. 
 
Leave the statue up, add stacks of money around the base, and put up a statue of Sandusky, statues are supposed to remind us of something
 
Despite the fact that Penn State is nominally a public university, only about 4% of its operating budget comes from the state of Pennsylvania. In what is now probably the norm for state colleges, Penn State derives most of its income from other sources like tuition fees, donations from alumni, research, etc. In effect, Penn State, like any of a number of state colleges, is more of a private, for-profit corporation - merely with a contract with the state to provide tuition at reduced prices to in-state students. Although it certainly does not excuse criminal behavior, I believe this goes a long way to explain what drove the Penn State administration to do what they did. Divorced from their original charter of serving the public good, they did what they can to protect the Penn State business.

Corporations are bad people, my friend. 
 
I've always wondered why "Sports" is a separate section of the newspaper.

With print papers shrinking, Sports can be merged into other sections.  For many years, I thought that it should be combined with the Entertainment section.

The PSU story convinces me that Sports should go into the Business section.
 
Add me to the list of PSU alums that are completely sickened by the crimes, the cover up and the continued denial of what transpired there.  The fact that people are still pointing to his football accomplishments shows just how far the University has lost its way.
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