Our decisions were guided by our obligation as Trustees, always, to put the interests of the University first.
While Coach Paterno did his legal duty by reporting that information the next day, Sunday, March 3, to his immediate superior, the then Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, the Board reasonably inferred that he did not call police. We determined that his decision to do his minimum legal duty and not to do more to follow up constituted a failure of leadership by Coach Paterno.
The Board spent hours on conference calls between Saturday, Nov. 5, and Tuesday, Nov. 8, discussing appropriate action and our fiduciary responsibility as the Trustees. On Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, we met in person in State College. At about 9 pm, we unanimously made the difficult decision that Coach Paterno's failure of leadership required his removal as football coach.
I'm so mad I don't know what else to say. Fortunately, a BWI poster submitted an amusing poll which pretty much sums up a lot of the bull shit here:
Number 9 is currently winning after 30 total votes.
4. We really, really, really thought we had all the details because Spanier and Baldwin told us so, even though Spanier was only present for his testimony, Baldwin said she could not divulge details, and no one else's testimony mattered.
5. The $10 million plus we will be spending on this scandal was all necessary and well thought out, in line with our commitment to be responsible stewards of the university.
6. We gave Lanny orders to prioritize the university foremost in his duties, not us.
7. We plan to honor someone who brought such shame to our university that we had to fire him. Head coach emeritus is quite the honor afterall, and completely consistent with our actions.
8. Spanier issued a statement that did not reflect our views, even though when presented with the opportunity to clarify what we believed, we issued nothing.
9. We are very disappointed in the university employees for following university procedures. But if they hadn't followed them, we would have fired them for cause.
10. Even though everyone at the university involved actually took actions and followed up, we didn't think it merited any actions on our part. Our employees exhibited a real failure of leadership.
Even John "I can't beat Michigan to save my job" Cooper was able to see the situation clearly when he commented--and I paraphrase here--Jim Tressel got fired in Columbus for not reporting a wrong, while Joe Paterno got fired for reporting what he was supposed to report.
The whole angle that PSU covered this up to protect its image is absurd. Had Curley or Schultz contacted the police, everything would have been fine. If the police/DA found evidence, then Penn State would look like the hero for bringing the monster to justice. If they found nothing, then what more could be done? How would bringing Sandusky to justice in 2002 have negatively impacted PSU or the football program? Penn State had nothing to hide in 2002. Sandusky was no longer employed by them. It doesn't make any sense to cover anything up at that point.
Maybe the next BOT meeting should be held at Olive Garden.