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  •  Seems to me that this is fairly (32+ / 0-)

    damaging to Joe Paterno, based on what we knew before. This report implicates Paterno in actually reversing the decision of the other officials to report Sandusky. Although he does this indirectly, it is clear that Freeh believes that it was Paterno who forced the reversal. That's a pretty bad thing I think even for his defenders to absorb.

    •  Agreed (14+ / 0-)

      From the reading of this plus the email that was released, it was Paterno's decision to not go to the authorities and the others fell in line, including the President of the University.  This makes Paterno the most damaging person after Sandusky followed by Spanier who as the leader of the University should have have overruled the football coach.  

    •  True, (3+ / 0-)
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      but I don't like the implication at is taints or negate everything else he did or supports a conclusion that a college football program cannot be well run and reflecting positive values.  Paterno did that for most of his career.  This was all in the period where he had stayed as a coach too long, so his concern for his own legacy was already clouding his judgment, though in far less serious ways.  There are aspects of the university that are good that wouldn't exist but for him, and that can't be overlooked either.  The specific facts you point to are real, and had he lived or been in better health, criminal charges would have been appropriate.  Oddly, it shows also he knew about the 1998 incident and that it wasn't the reason Sandusky retired.  I didn't think both could be true, but that's not how the dates lined up.  His actions in this matter could not be defended, but I think calls to disband football or turn the college into a victims trust in reaction are unfounded and hyperbolic.  I'm less interested in defending Paterno the man than salvaging the project of running an ethical, academically-strong and winning football program that serves the greater goal of the college, all at the same time.  Paterno fell short of that goal, and anyone trying to say otherwise isn't defending what he supposedly stood for.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 08:43:34 AM PDT

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      •  It may be that (5+ / 0-)
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        the best thing for the future of PSU football would be for the program to not exist for some number of years before coming back. Just as criminals need to "do time" in order to get past their transgressions, this program deserves to be locked up for a while.

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