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.
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