"Penn State Football doesn't define us. We are so much more than that. We are the number one school in the country among recruiters from leading companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. We are a leading research institution accredited by the National Science Foundation. We are over 94,000 students across campuses, with alumni in every state and 87 foreign countries. We are the creators of the number one student-run philanthropy in the world, raising over $78 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since THON's creation in 1977. Don't forget how incredible this university is, and don't allow irresponsible oversight to destroy our reputation. For the Glory."
This I happen to agree with. If you really think about the meaning of the phrase "For the Glory," that is exactly why the four men involved in this coverup did what they did. It was "For the Glory" of the football program and the university overall that they decided not to share information that they knew. It was for the legacy, the fame, the spotless record. Ironically enough, now they are the ones that have tarnished that very glory.
Following the release of the Freeh report this morning, the Paterno family released a statement of their own. It seems as though they are still firm believers that Joe Paterno could not have known about the abuse that was occuring and not said anything.
According to the report, Joe Paterno was one of the four key Penn State administrators who decided to cover up the fact that Jerry sandusky was commiting the heinous crimes that he was convicted of just a few short weeks ago.
It is hard for any of us to understand the position that the Paterno family must be in right now, as they are the most shocked out of any of us. To them, Joe Paterno wasn't Joe Paterno - he was a husband, he was a father, he was a grandfather. To find out this information about one of your family members; a person with whom you spent the majority of your days and nights behind closed doors, is not an easy thing to cope with. Bearing with the grief, shock, and denial of the Paterno family is probably next to impossible for this family, and it is also something that we need to keep in mind. (not saying that they are correct in saying that the accusations against Paterno are wrong)
I just hope that this is the last statement that they release for a while.
I'm intrigued by the way the refer to the statement as "damage cotrol." This is exactly how I've been feeling about all of the Paterno statements, as they seem to be saying the same thing over and over again before anything actually happens. It just appears as though they are trying very very hard to defend Joe before any information has even come out.
I'm also especially intrigued with the last part of the article, which references the part of the statement that says "Joe Paterno is the only person who publicly acknowledged that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. This was an honest and courageous admission....."
So, he may have admitted that, but it still does not absolve him of whatever he may have done or not done. In response to this, the writer claimes that "A 'true leader' accepts full responsibility in the moment, not 'a measure' of it long after the time for decisive action has passed."
I'm afraid I happen to agree with this sentiment, and it makes me want to point out that, of course, hindsight is always 20/20. If Jerry Sandusky would have said that he wished he hadn't done it, no one would care, because he did.
"Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today’s verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families."
"Spanier's statements have irreparably harmed (McQueary's) reputation for honesty and integrity, and have irreparably harmed (his) ability to earn a living, especially in his chosen profession of coaching football," the lawsuit said.
"The importance of that image, and the image of Penn State to senior officials was more important than living up to that image. That’s why I think the embodiment of that mindset, the Joe Paterno statue, should be removed from the University Park campus. That may not be a popular opinion, but symbols matter and neglecting to change this particular symbol would indicate that not much has really changed, showing a “we wouldn’t want to upset the boosters or former players” attitude. True leadership does not mean taking a popularity poll on every issue but taking hard stands on critical issues that might be unpopular. I would encourage Penn State to step forward and make the hard choice…something that the (now deposed) Penn State leadership has failed to do. It won’t undo the damage, but it’s a symbolic fresh start."
Like Seth points out, Penn Staters will be extremely disappointed to see the statue come down, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we don't agree with it. It is true that Joe Paterno did a lot of good for the University, and that he should not be completely deleted from its history, but it is also true that the Penn State leaders did not hold themselves to the moral standard that the statue is supposed to represet. I thank Seth for this very interesting point that many of us fail to see due to the fact that emotions get in the way of truly understanding what a statue means.
"It must stop. This is not a football scandal and should not be treated as one. It is not an academic scandal and does not in any way tarnish the hard earned and well-deserved academic reputation of Penn State. That Penn State officials would suggest otherwise is a disservice to every one of the over 500,000 living alumni."
...whatever conclusions about my or others’ conduct you may wish to draw from a fair view of the allegations, it is inarguable that these actions had nothing to do with this last team or any of the hundreds of prior graduates.."
"The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing."
With the prosecution's Joe McGettigan (sarcastic, at times) closing statement, the jury was reminded of the Victims and the fact that this case is about them. They were also presented with a bit of a mockery of the claims that this whole trial is a conspiracy against Jerry Sandusly (claimed by Amendola).