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Thursday, November 10, 2011

We simply couldn't have said it better ourselves....

By David Haugh - Shed no tears for Joe Paterno.  Save your pity for the innocent boys who will grow up into tortured men, not JoePa.

Spare me the indignation over Penn State Board of Trustees firing Paterno on Wednesday night over the phone.
Had Paterno picked one up 13 years ago and called the most powerful law-enforcement official he knew in the state, not just the top campus cop, he might have saved innocent boys from an alleged pedophile -- and quite likely his job, his school and his legacy.

Penn State removed Paterno from that job because, finally, somebody in Creepy Valley did the right thing. Somebody followed a conscience instead of a university handbook. That it came 13 years too late will haunt State College, Pa., forever. It will indelibly stain Paterno's Hall of Fame tenure, as if that matters.

It never will be enough for the alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse.

There are no winners here, all goats and no heroes, but Paterno's ouster was a development worth applauding more than protesting. This was a decision that should have provoked more acceptance than defiance.

So what were the Penn State students possibly thinking as they rioted all over campus and tipped over cars and a satellite truck? When will they realize, after the buzz wears off and sobering reality sinks in, that they were defending the right to cover up pedophilia? As much as they love JoePa, that's the harsh reality.  

Woody Hayes threw a punch. Bob Knight threw a chair. But in 10 years or so we will remember Paterno as much as anything for the alleged molestation he enabled that made us want to throw up. He always can be referred to as a great football coach. But I still cringed hearing loyal ex-players refer to Paterno as a great man.

Yes, the good Paterno did at Penn State outweighed the bad over six decades. To some it's complicated. To others it's simple. Right now, I still see a guy who was one of Pennsylvania's most powerful people who looked away and failed to protect children. Right now, the details of the 23-page grand jury report used to indict Sandusky last Saturday remain too fresh to think Paterno earned the right to leave on his own terms.

He didn't.

*To read the rest of this straight forward article from the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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