Big Ten Friday mailblog
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For years, he looked the other way while children were being assaulted, and his program was being used to enable the crimes.
No number of victories stacks up against what these boys and their families lost. Not even 409.
It’s repugnant to believe that this was one small oversight by a kind, old man, blemishing an otherwise honorable legacy. Paterno’s inaction was concurrent with everything else. This was not a singular moment of poor judgment – it was boundless, constant, and ongoing.
We know from his own sworn testimony, though, that Paterno knew in 2002.
Read about the victims after that date.
Read the sick details of what these men say Sandusky did to them in those years. Read about the on-campus swimming pool, the hotel sauna, the trips to bowl games, the basement dungeon where they screamed for help while being raped.I'm not even sure where to begin with this diatribe of contrived misinformation and assumptive extrapolation. How in the wide, wide world of sports did Penn State football help Sandusky? Did Paterno arrange play dates for Sandusky? I have seen no evidence whatsoever that Paterno tried to cover anything up. Indeed, the Grand Jury found no fault with Paterno. There is absolutely no evidence that Paterno knew such activities were continuing and that his silence was in any way leading to more pain.
And he should rest in no more peace than that of those boys, whose lives were ruined by a monster.
I am sad, and still indescribably angry over what Penn State football helped happen.
Maybe you will never be convinced Joe Paterno was a good man who made one catastrophic mistake, but do you have time for just one story?
In 2000, Penn State freshman defensive back Adam Taliaferro had his spine crushed when tackling an Ohio State player. He lay on that September field paralyzed and panicked.
The first person he saw when he opened his eyes was Paterno . . .wound up in a hospital bed in Philadelphia, everything frozen solid below the neck. Doctors said he had about a 3 percent chance of walking again. And every other week, Paterno would fly to Philly to see him. . . "I can't tell you what that meant to me," says Taliaferro, now 30. "I'm stuck in that hospital, and here's Coach Paterno bringing a piece of the team to me, in the middle of the season. How many coaches would do that?"
A man is more than his failings.
He was the only coach I've ever known who went to the board of trustees to demand they increase entrance requirements, who went to faculty club meetings to hear the lectures, who listened to opera while drawing up game plans.
If a player was struggling with a subject, Paterno would make him come to his house for wife Sue's homemade pasta and her tutoring.
"The last three months, I've just wanted to go up on a rooftop and shout, 'I wish you knew him like I do!'" Taliaferro says. "I know, in my heart, if he'd understood how serious this situation was, he'd have done more."
I believe that, too. But if you don't, I respect that. I only ask this:
If we're so able to vividly remember the worst a man did, can't we also remember the best?Even former head coach John Cooper has nice things to say about Paterno . . .
“Why in the world everybody keeps bringing up all this other stuff, I don’t understand,” former OSU coach John Cooper said yesterday. “Joe Paterno was very saddened by what happened over there, but Joe Paterno didn’t do that. ... We say here (in Columbus) that coach Tressel should have passed the information along that he got (concerning his players receiving improper benefits), that’s all he had to do. Well, that’s what coach Paterno did do, from the way I understand it. He passed along the information after he got it.
“But instead, we’re reading about the scandal and what he didn’t do. Lord have mercy, the man won more games than anybody who ever coached in major-college football, and he did it the right way.”The Joe Paterno I admire, the one I cried for when I heard he had been fired, and then again when he passed on, was a man who did more for college sports than any other man in the history of the sport. He did more for his University than most alumni, professors and students. He has touched countless lives and his donations will continue to help future generations.
Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just "JoePa", has died. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer, and complications from that treatment claimed the longtime Penn State coach's life on Saturday.
Sadly, the grim reports that dominated the college football news cycle beginning Saturday evening were a precursor to the inevitable but still numbing reality: a coaching legend has passed.
A family spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press that Joseph Vincent Paterno has died at a State College hospital at the age of 85, just over two months after being diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.
A posting to Penn State’s official Facebook page read simply: “With great sadness we mourn the passing of Coach Joe Paterno…Few have done more.”
Paterno passed away at 9:25 a.m. ET Sunday, and the official cause of death was metastic small cell carcinoma of the lung.Words cannot express my feelings right now.
|"That was a priceless football program!"|
‘Rock and Roll’, also known as ‘The Hey Song’, was written by British glam rock artist Gary Glitter in 1972. Glitter is a registered sex offender, and was convicted of possession of child pornography in 1997. He was convicted again in 2005, for obscene acts with minors.Are you kidding me? Seriously, how many fans out there even KNOW that? I'll take Scandalous Trivia for $200, Alex.
But ever since that surreal night, when the Penn State trustees dismissed Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions’ legendary football coach and Lubrano’s friend, the 1982 graduate has been obsessed with finding out why.As is the norm for people in power, the mantra at PSU as far as the BOT is concerned is do as we say, not as we do. Transparency and accountability can be demanded of the athletic department, but not of the Board itself.
“I was horrified that night,” said Lubrano, 51.
Lubrano said he has spoken so far to 17 of the 32 trustees who, in a unanimous vote, dismissed the coach — five days after his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was arrested on child sex-abuse charges. In addition, Lubrano also talked with administrators, fellow donors and, as recently as Tuesday, to Paterno himself.
As a result, Lubrano has become convinced the Sandusky scandal provided a convenient excuse for an administration that had been trying since 2004 to gently nudge Paterno out the door.
“His firing had nothing to do with Sandusky,” Lubrano said. “Nothing. ... He (Paterno) had become less involved in fundraising and there’d been some kind of falling out with Spanier. Spanier got to the point where he really wanted to replace him.”
The stunning dismissal came shortly after Paterno had announced he would step down after the season.
But according to Lubrano, Paterno had informed Penn State before the season of his intention to retire after 2011. The coach, he added, also provided administrators at that time with a list of four prospective replacements. One of the men on that list, Lubrano said, was Urban Meyer.
Bylaws, "Qualifications for Membership on the Board of Trustees"I think I'm a natural person. I don't have any artificial body parts yet. I'm probably as close as one can get to being full age without being OLD. I'm middle aged and this is my crisis. Some people buy a red corvette. I try to get nominated for a thankless job. Maybe I am unnatural?
(1) Members of the Board of Trustees shall be natural persons of full age who need
not be residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(2) A person who is employed in any capacity by the University shall not be eligible
to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. This qualification for membership
shall not apply to a person who is an ex officio member of the Board, nor to a person
who is a student employed part-time by the University.
(3) A person shall not be eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for a
period of three (3) years from the July 1 coincident with or next following the date of
last employment in any capacity by the University. This qualification for
membership shall not apply to a person who is an ex officio member of the Board,
nor to a person who is a student employed part-time by the University.
(4) Only graduates of The Pennsylvania State University who shall have received an
associate degree, a bachelor's degree, or an advanced degree from the University
shall be eligible to serve as a trustee elected by the Alumni. No member of the
faculty or the governing board of any other college or university in Pennsylvania
shall be eligible to serve as a trustee elected by the Alumni.
|PS(u): I AM NOT A CROOK either!|
As Offensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech in 2001 and 2002 his teams averaged 31 and 21.5 points per game, respectively as the teams went 9–4 and 7–6.Not exactly a Les Miles or Nick Saban is he? Certainly not a Chris Petersen either. No earthquake on the RICHT-er scale. I must admit it . . . I am disappointed by this hire. It would appear we have settled not for Plan A or B, but rather plan Q. Maybe T. The spin doctor's have been working furiously to make this sound like a home run, but if this guy fizzles out, they should be sued for malpractice.
In 2003, he left to coach running backs at the University of Maryland, spending two seasons there before being offered and then accepting the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Duke in 2005.
As offensive coordinator at Duke in 2005 and 2006, his teams averaged 16.1 and 14.9 points per game, respectively as the teams went 1–10, and 0–12.
His offenses those two years ranked 112 and 113 out of 120 teams.
"There is a tangible standard at Penn State that this poor (O'Brien) guy knows nothing about,'' Short said. "I feel badly for him (because) he is clueless and will not have the support of the majority of the Lettermen. This is a hornet's nest (for him).''
"By not hiring (defensive coordinator Tom) Bradley or a Penn Stater what they have effectively done is turn their backs on 100 years of tradition,'' Short said. "Penn State never has been about winning football games. They didn't recruit the best players — they recruited the best people. If you go to Penn State, you have a better chance of graduating.''
Short is upset that Bradley, name interim coach after Paterno was fired in November, was not given serious consideration for the job. Bradley was interviewed by Joyner, as were some other Penn State assistant coaches. Like Bradley, Joyner also played for Paterno. Short said many members are upset that they were not consulted during the hiring process and are considering a lawsuit that would prevent the Big Ten school from using their likeness or image in any marketing campaign.
"We are strongly considering a move of that nature,'' Short said. "We are not going to threaten anyone — we're going to give Dave Joyner choices.''And I wonder if Dave Joyner plans to eschew his medical training and become a permanent Atheletic Director? As far as I know, he still has that "interim" label attached. Do they expect Tim Curley to return after being exonerated? Wouldn't it have made more sense to hire an AD who would then hire the people below him? Granted, that would have taken more time, and time is of the essence with Letter of Intent Day approaching. Time was not a luxury that Penn State has. Which is all the more reason, in my humble opinion, to name Bradley as "interim" head coach moving forward, until the proper pieces are put in place at the top. Bill O'Brien has taken a job and he doesn't even really know who is boss is going to be!
Roof took his first job as defensive coordinator in 1997 at Western Carolina University, where he stayed one season before being lured away to join George O'Leary's staff at his alma mater. After spending the first season coaching the Yellow Jackets linebackers, Roof was promoted to defensive coordinator. He was nominated for the 2000 Broyles Award, an annual honor given to the nation's top assistant coach, when his defense finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in rushing defense and 20th in scoring defense. The following season, the Yellow Jackets were again one of the top defenses in the nation, ranking 23rd nationally in total defense and 32nd against the run.While those rankings sound good, I suspect that most of Bradley's defenses have been ranked better and against stiffer competition. But I am just speculating there because I am too lazy to actually look up the data.
When O'Leary left for the University of Notre Dame, Roof left Georgia Tech to become the defensive coordinator at Duke for the 2002 season. Roof's instruction brought marked improvement to the Duke Blue Devils defense, which [led?] the ACC in rushing defense after finishing ninth in the league the previous year. From 2001 to 2002, the Blue Devils moved from ninth to fifth in the ACC and from 113th to 58th nationally in total defense. They progressed in passing defense in the 2003 season, jumping to third-place in the ACC from ninth the previous year. When head coach Carl Franks was released mid-way through the 2003 season, Roof was promoted to interim head coach. The team finished the season by winning two of the last three games and Roof was subsequently hired as the 20th head coach at Duke on December 6, 2003. However, after winning only four games over the next four seasons, he was fired on November 26, 2007, having compiled a 6–45 record. Despite the dismal record of Duke teams under Roof, his aggressive defenses consistently ranked in the top-30 nationally in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.His defenses didn't rank in the top 30--only in that one category. Doesn't that latter stat have eerie echoes of Jay Paterno defending Penn State's offense by quoting obscure offensive stats (e.g. best third down conversion team in the Big Ten?) that completely ignored the fact that Penn State couldn't score points?