Penn State is run by a bunch of idiots.
Seriously, I would like to know what the fuck was running through the heads of the Penn State Board of Trustees when they decided to vote Joe Paterno, the heart and soul of Nittany Lions football (and the face of the entire damn school) out of office, and yet left wide receivers coach Mike McQuery on the staff.
I may have jumped into this too quickly for those of you that were living in a cave for the last couple weeks — basically, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, is now being investigated for sexually assaulting a number of young boys over the last 15 years or so. McQueary, in 2002, saw that coach with a young boy in a Penn State shower and did nothing more about it than tell Paterno.
Paterno told his superior, now-former Penn State President Graham Spanier, who did nothing more than give Sandusky a slap on the wrist and tell him not to come around the facilities with children any more.
Now tell me, how is it that McQueary is still on this coaching staff when he actually witnessed this event and did absolutely nothing to stop it? It’s absolutely ab-fucking-surd that he didn’t at the very least verbally reprimand Sandusky, if not punch that asshole in the face right on the spot.
And because of this guy’s idiocy, JoePa is now a pariah in the eyes of the Big Ten conference and the head honchos at Penn State. I have nothing to back this up, but I would be very willing to bet that McQueary downplayed the whole thing in an attempt to save Sandusky (an old friend of his), which is why Paterno didn’t go further than Spanier.
There’s a chance that maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Paterno is a scumbag and covered the whole thing up. But I’ve talked to at least one person who actually played under Paterno, and based on everything I’ve heard about the man, I think he got a raw deal. It is now even worse, as Paterno’s name is no longer associated with the new Big Ten Championship trophy (which will be given for the first time this season). He is the greatest coach ever, and now his name will never be on that trophy.
So to the Penn State Board of Directors, fuck you. You ruined the legacy of the greatest coach of all time. I hope you’re happy with yourselves. Long live JoePa.