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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Penn State's board of trustees fired legendary football coach Joe Paterno

As well they should have. I keep reading articles about people who feel that Paterno has been treated poorly. That since he has not been charged with any crime, there is no reason he should be fired. People who think this are not viewing the facts correctly. Paterno was fired because he failed miserably while making the biggest decision of his life.

Told by a graduate assistant in 2002 that former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted a boy, believed to be 10 years old, in the showers of Penn State's football complex, Paterno did nothing more than inform athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz of the allegation. Paterno never personally called police. His son, Scott Paterno, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday that his father never even asked Sandusky -- his assistant coach for three decades and who was once considered his heir apparent -- about the incident.

Paterno's inaction allegedly involved one of the most heinous crimes a person can commit -- the rape of a child. While Paterno has not been accused of legal wrongdoing, he is guilty of gross indifference, if nothing else. Morally, Paterno should have done more and he now concedes it. To be aware of this situation and do basically nothing, Paterno allowed additional children to be molested. His behavior was pathetic. He deserves to be fired.

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