Penn State did the once unthinkable---it fired Joe Paterno. Paterno left the board no choice. He had a chance to resign gracefully, do what's best for his beloved university, but he didn't. Paterno announced he'd retire at the end of the season. As I've been saying since Monday morning, there was no way Paterno could coach another game at Penn State. Period. The man is a legend, but he's also human. And Paterno allowed an alleged child predator continued access to more potential victims. He could have done the right thing. He didn't. Paterno put the program first. It will forever tarnish his legacy. And should. I'm not without some sympathy for how much it obviously hurts this proud man that he won't get to go out on his own terms, but if you want to be a great man, you have to put morality ahead of The Program.
President Graham Spanier, ISU alum, is also out. He says he didn't know what was going on. Doesn't matter when the people under you fail to this magnitude. Especially if you back your athletic director and vice president as their being arrested for perjury.
What happens to Mike McQueary, the assistant coach who reportedly saw Sandusky raping a young boy in the shower? McQueary reported the incident to Paterno, but never called police either. McQueary also made no known attempt to identify or check on the welfare of the victim. McQueary later saw Sandusky many times at the football facilities, but continued looking the other way. How can McQueary coach another game at Penn State? He needs to go too. He was put in an unfortunate, unthinkable predicament, but he failed. Most of all, he failed the victim, as did all in the know at Penn State. This is what happens when power corrupts and values are compromised.
Jerry Sandusky will live his hell in court, then likely prison, followed potentially by hell itself.
I hate this story. It's infuriating, depressing, and tragic. It will forever be a cautionary tale of putting the interests of self ahead of what's right and decent.
Paterno did end this long, sad day the right way. He said we should all pray for the victims.