PSU Scandal Hard To Discuss For Some

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Reading the grand jury indictment against former Penn State defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky is stomach turning.

The descriptions of the sexual abuse and assaults that allegedly happened to eight young boys are chilling.

“That’s horrible – that’s sick – what are you going to do about it?” That was Kenn Lieb’s reaction sitting in Market Square.

Or from Denise Buccina: “Something like that could happen anywhere – not just Penn State.”

The resignations of two top university officials, Tim Curley, the athletic director and Gary Schultz, finance and business director, charged with perjury, only widen the scandal.

“Our son graduated from Penn State – I just don’t know.” Many people felt much like Bev Frankel.

“Not good if they tried to cover it up I guess,” Penn State grad student Matt Plunkett said. “It’s right for people to resign and get in trouble.”

Calls to Penn State’s Alumni Association went unanswered.

For fans of the university’s legendary football program, rooting for the Nittany Lions often goes beyond tradition to a religion and even if the grand jury finds no fault with coach Joe Paterno’s handling of the information he received about the alleged assaults – is there feeling that he should resign?

“It should be looked at as far as how far did he really take it and did he pursue it as far as he should have,” Jason Dallas said.

Nationally-recognized sports consultant Patrick Rishe does not give Jo Pa a pass. Instead in “Forbes” online, he writes that Paterno’s “mistake was not to pursue the matter with the police” once he realized his athletic director “was not taking this matter to the proper authorities.”

Rishe also believes that the scandal may have consequences on and off the field in both alumni donations and a negative impact on recruiting.

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  • Wake Up

    It is amazing to me how everyone is concerned about whether or not “Jo Pa” will lose his job. The man should go to jail! He should have called police – he did not. NO ONE did. He, along with the rest of the boys’ club, allowed it to continue. They all deserve jail time. No question. How sickening and disgusting. And all the news can write about is whether or not he’ll still be coach of a stupid FOOTBALL TEAM. So sad.

    • hey

      Joe will not go to jail. By law, he was not required to report it to police. He took it to his superiors. Should he have taken it to the police? In hindsight, yes. But considering he was going by what somebody told him, he was put in a tough situation. Keep in mind, the people around him only heard about one incident, not the 7 others that allegedly happened. I’m all for Curley, and that other guy to do some time, because they were in the position to report it to police, and did not. The victims were not associated with Penn State, but instead Sandusky’s program.

  • mac

    Scrub the entire staff at PSU football and replace with vetted and screened coaches from high school. Paterno was a good football coach, but it is apparent that he placed PSU’s football program and it’s staff over the well being and safety of at least one child, common sense being that there were more victims.
    Any mentoring or guidance that Paterno has ever provided to players and students has been flushed by his failure to notify law enforcement vice PSU administration. All involved failed these kids and victims, and deserve squat from PSU alum, past players and parents.

  • cmaglaughlin

    This entire despicable tale implicates everyone, from the top, including Campus Police, on down, even to one of the mothers of a victim, who sat on her son’s objections “to going out” with Sandusky! University President included! Even after Sandusky admitted his crime with one victim on an eavesdropped phone call listened in on by both Campus Police and the mother, the Campus Police Chief DROPPED the investigation! Everyone is covering not only their own behinds, but each others. Proof is in the detailed 23 page Grand Jury Presentment. Anyone who can read and has half a brain can’t help but come to the same damning conclusion. Both McQueary and his dad should come out publicly and blow the whistle on Joe, who said they both did NOT mention anything sexual, let alone anal intercourse, when they visited his house that day. Another sad tale concerned the eyewitness account of a janitor who watched Sandusky perform oral sex on another child in the shower. As a Korean War veteran, he reported to his superiors that he had NEVER witnessed anything so horrible as the Sandusky attack on that child. Dismemberment of fellow soldiers he handled. THIS was the ultimate horror! His reporting to his superior went nowhere! So goes Happy Valley, where EVERYONE should wear all black, instead of all lily white, for the remainder of the season, until justice is served, while Jerry Lee Lewis sings and bangs out on his old piano, “A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” at half time!

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