What do you get when you combine the Tweet of anfy Penn State fans following the NCAA’s announcement of sanctions against the university with sections from the Freeh Report on what actually happened? A great article by our friends at BuzzFeed.com that shows just how out-of-touch the Paterno apologists are.
WARNING: Some of the Tweets contain Not Safe For Work language and stupidity. Here’s one of my favorite Tweets:
“Seriously f*ck whoever punished penn state. #joepa”
Whoever punished Penn State? You’re following this story so closely you don’t know who the NCAA is or their role in this?
Here’s a taste of this piece:
Twitter, meet the Freeh report. Freeh report, meet Twitter. The next time you hear someone defend Joe Paterno, you might want to send them this. The Freeh Report was the end result of an investigation of the Penn State sex abuse scandal led by former Director of the FBI and District Court Judge, Louis Freeh. The investigation was commissioned by the University.
May 3, 1998
For Penn State students, alum, and fans who were holding their breaths this weekend awaiting word on what the NCAA will do to the football program there is good news: the Nittany Lions will not face the death penalty. The bad news? They may wish they had.
According to sources, the NCAA will likely announce today some blistering punishments including the loss of scholarships, bowl appearances, and a hefty fine. So, likely it will cripple the once proud program for years to come and fans will have to sit and watch in disgust as every game, every down will be a reminder of the flawed oversight of the program for the past dozen years or so. The Death Penalty would have been bad, no doubt, but at least it would have been done, over. Not staring you in the face every fall Saturday afternoon for years to come. Better to have no season or an 0-10 season?
And if that weren’t enough, the University itself decided early Sunday morning to remove the statue of Joe Paterno that sat outside Beaver Stadium. Roads to the stadium were blocked, a blue-covered barricade put up around it and then workman started the removal process. We can certainly understand not wanting to wait until thousands had lined up to protest to the removal or block workers, but to some fans it will certainly seem like PSU pulled another fast one in the middle of the night, like firing JoePa last November.
We’re not closer to what’s going on in Happy Valley than the rest of you, but from where we sit, it certainly looks like the relationship between administration and well, everyone else there, is broken and will remain so for quite some time.
I remember reading about Vicky Triponey a few years back when she was a vice president at PSU who oversaw student discipline. Or at least the discipline of some of the students. When it came to Paterno’s football players, he reportedly thought only he knew best how to punish his boys and wanted Triponey to stay out of it. She was told it was just the “the Penn State Way” and she should just go with it.
In the end, guess what happened? She tried to use the authority granted to her by the university as part of her job and when Paterno objected, she was gone. Does that mean the Penn State football program was more corrupt than other big time athletic programs? No, but it does show that the culture in Happy Valley was so skewed toward what was best for the football program (and Paterno) that no one stood a chance against it.
Read the full article here at CNN.com.
Will today be a new beginning for Penn State’s football program, or the beginning of the end?
The team brought in by Penn State to investigate “the facts and circumstances of the actions” at the university surrounding molestation of boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will release its highly anticipated report today, with the school’s reputation and future direction hanging in the balance.
The report will be posted online at 9 a.m. Louis Freeh is holding a press conference at 10.
As promised, the Penn State Board of Trustees is getting the report the same time the public is. It is meeting today and tomorrow in Scranton. Tomorrow’s meeting will be streamed online.
He's not even cold yet and JoePa is probably already rolling over in his grave.
Really? Is this what Penn State fans and alum really believe?
And, if you’re gonna make these shirts, at least come up with a decent design.
If you’re so inclined, you can buy it here.
Penn State officials failed to react properly to the information they received regarding Jerry Sandusky and his awful crimes. Penn State used JoePa as a scapegoat and he died of a broken heart. Penn State killed JoePa.
With love to JoePa. We are…. sorry that Penn State officials failed you.
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I’ve wanted to write something about the passing of long time former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, but couldn’t find the best way to express what I was thinking. Then I found this column at the Detroit Free Press by Michael Rosenberg and decided he could say it better than I could. If you click the link below you can read the whole thing, but basically what Rosenberg is saying is that the personality traits that made Paterno a great football coach–possibly one of a kind–may also have been the reason he did not understand what was going on with the Sandusky incidents. In some ways Paterno was “timless” in his approach to the game (and life) but also stuck in time.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
If you say he “only cared about winning games,” you miss the point. Paterno never cared “only” about winning games. He cared about his players, and he cared about that kingdom. He believed that his territory was his. He had an unwavering belief in himself, and in his ways.
In most situations, that belief was justified. But it helps explain why Paterno had such a horrible lapse. It is worth noting that Paterno’s chief sin was one of omission. After hearing an account of Sandusky molesting a young boy, he alerted his boss, but he failed to call police, failed to follow up, failed to find the boy and failed to completely exile Sandusky from the program.
Paterno needed to fundamentally alter his view of Sandusky, and he didn’t.
Source: Detroit Free Press