More Calls For Paterno, Spanier To Step Down

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HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The calls for more resignations at Penn State University are growing in number.

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting several children while on Penn State’s campus.

Sandusky allegedly met the boys through his charity, The Second Mile. He faces 40 counts ranging from inappropriate touching to statutory rape.

Sandusky will face a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

On Monday, Attorney General Linda Kelly announced that more charges are possible.

Now, the calls for head coach Joe Paterno to step down are growing in number, including one article in the Los Angeles Times.

Paterno was alerted to the alleged activity by a graduate assistant, who reported seeing Sandusky in the showers with a 10-year-old boy.

The attorney general has cleared Paterno of any wrongdoing for reporting the incident to Athletic Director Timothy Curley.

However, many are upset that Paterno did not go to police with the information as well.

Curley, along with Senior Vice President for Finance and Business, Gary Schultz, are facing perjury charges for statements made during a grand jury investigation.

Both were arraigned on Monday.

Penn State President Graham Spanier is also being urged to step down amid the scandal.

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  • The One

    I agree, Paterno di his part. He reported what he had heard to school officials. He did not actually witness it. Spanier however, should have clearly taken more action.

    • JT

      You’ve got to be kidding!! If a child was reported to have been raped in your business, you’re not even going to ask who it was? Was he injured? Don’t care? Either did Paterno.

  • mike

    What a way to go out ! Covering up for a child – toucher !

    I knew about that, BUT

  • Sick of it

    Anyone who saw that there was nothing done after this was reported did NOT do their job. Paterno did not do his part…he continued to let children be molested because he “followed procedure”. As soon as he saw this was not being handled and was continuing to happen, he should have went to the police. Think if that was your child who was molested…or your brother/sister…or yourself when you were younger….would Paterno’s actions have been enough for you? Heck no! He should resign with his tail between his legs. No, he doesn’t deserve all the blame, but he definitely deserves a part of it!

  • penn state is nothing more than a cult

    from “greatest” coach to GREATEST COVERUP! His whole career will be known as allowing sandusky to have sex with children.

    Paterno DID know what was going on and did NOTHING to change the future outcomes. What if it was your 10 year old son that ended up getting rapped because Paterno covered up Sandusky’s child molestation? Even after they forced sandusky to retire they still allowed him to rap kids on Penn State’s campus…..just stupid

    • Mad Hatter

      Relax PITT Fan…. your team is still garbage…

      • Chris

        At least their coaches aren’t rapists

    • Bill

      Get your facts straight before you speak on the matter! Get a clue!

  • bruceUSA

    How ya feeling right about now donating alumni ???

  • Dave

    I usually agree with you, but not on this one. What he should have done was called the police. I don’t buy into the “I followed the escalation policy set by the university.” When an adult molests a child, the police are who should be contacted.

    • Zoeyzotron

      Perhaps you are correct. I just think it may seem odd calling the police and saying someone told me that they saw Jerry S acting inappropriate. maybe the guy who saw it should have called.

      However, I do believe in the chain of command and Paterno did follow it. For the PSU official who it was reported to, not to call the police was absolutly a crime.

      Regardless it is a mess.

    • Mayor of GBD

      Tell that to the Catholic Church! How many bishops, cardnials or popes were asked to step down or prosecuted for failure to report. hahahahahha hypocrites!

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  • Paul

    I believe that anyone involved in this situation needs to resign, from the head of the school, down to Paterno, who although did notify the AD, never followed up. This went on for 15 years – there is no excuse for any of these administrators! This is such a low point for Penn State – it will take a long, long time for people to forget this.

  • eazytime

    What a pig. Starts a foundation, rapes it for 57K as a consultant one year and rapes the kids too. Should spend the rest of his days in jail with “BUBBA” holding on to his shoulders

  • McKeesport

    They all should be gone. it is not like someone stole a stapler, someone damaged human beings. Eight and ten year old boys, those are babies. He might have “Followed procedure” but seriously, is there a procedure for what to do when you catch someone sexually assaulting a child? As a human being, you know what is right and he is guilyy of that.

  • dr.j

    If they had called the police, or if the campus police had done their job, they would of insisted JS reveal the name of the boy so he could be interviewed. I can’t believe JP or GS did not insist on asking “how is the child doing?” As it is, we may never hear from the child in the shower.

  • Bill

    Anyone who thinks Paterno should step down is a freaking joker. How can you put blame on a guy that reported the problem to his Admins. and they in part should of took it straight to the correct auth. People are so quick to hang everyone even when they had no real part in what took place. Paterno had no clue what was happening he did the right thing, anyone else who thinks other wise “YOU MUST BE KIDDING” Paterno is and always will be the greatest college coach ever.

    • Brady

      The greated poopy pants coach. That old dirty d-bag needs to be put in the ground.

    • Darren

      Bill, Penn State’s administration is not the proper channel to report an eyewitness account of child rape, regardless of what Penn State’s policies and procedures are. The proper channel was law enforcement. So no, he did not take it to the correct authority.

  • Buddy

    Joe Pa needs to leave. This is terrible that he let it go on. Don’t kid yourself, he is the head man up at state college. An aweful way to go out but the University can’t stand for this. PSU is now an eye sore.

  • Alex

    I would like to thank Joe Pa for giving me a legit reason to hate his guts and hope he poops on the sidelines again. Joe just go to the nursing home you old goat! PSU is a mess and should be ashamed of him!

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  • deserie

    all the dirt bags should be put away where they belong IN HELL. INCLUCINE JOE P

  • Debbie

    wouldn’t it be nice if the higher institutions of learning got back to their most importatnt job responsibility and that is “teaching”. Since when did the universities hold sports in higher esteem than learning and preparing for a “real” career. How many of these kids turn into sports superheros? When you have a group of overstuffed, overpretentious pigs like the president of PSU, Paterno and the other 2 morons who were jsut taken into custody, that really speaks well of idiots that cover up for each other when the going gets rough. Hopefully, PSU will wake up and get rid of the whole lot!

    • Starr Stanley

      Wow so true. Thanks!

  • Wes

    Is it so Joe really didn’t know?

  • bedhead

    First of all, none of us knows exactly what was said to Mr. Paterno-did someone say that a man was “raping a child in the shower”? or did the person say “you know I think there is something weird about the way this guy hangs around these boys”? Joe followed proper PSU procedure with the information he was given. Until people know exactly what was said, it is irresponsible to crucify someone who has given and done as much for that school and also for Special Olympics as the Paternos have.

    • CM

      But he should have notified police as the is a criminal matter. H e did what was legally right, but not morally right. This is a crime and should have been handled by the police not the University. He was obviously not concerned abut he 10 Year old boy in this case, but the footbal program at Penn State. He is parlty reponsible this continued for 9 more years.-

    • Coach poopy

      You must be a PSU alum. Rot in hell too

    • stoosmom

      Got to agree with Bed Head. We don’t know how the situation was communicated to JoPa. However, if they involved the words “Jerry”,” shower” and “boy”, the phone should have been picked up to dial 911 faster than Spanier issued his statement expressing his “disappointment”. If you are telling me that JoPa has tunnel vision regarding PSU Footbal so extreme he doesn’t have the human decency to follow through after reporting his concerns, then the doddering old fool needs to start his retirement pronto! And why is no one connecting the dots on the original report of Jerry’s shenanigans in 1998 and JoPa’s statment in 1999 to Jerry that he will not be PSU’s next head coach. Could it be because JoPa knew then what this waste of human skin was all about? Oh wait…it was all a “misunderstanding”, right? as quoted by the PSU Police Department. Heads should roll over there as well…

  • bedhead

    I am NOT a PSU alum-far from it. Went to a small Catholic school in Erie.
    You are aware that PSU has their OWN legally sworn, fully staffed, fully licensed police department just like any municipality. It is not just a “security guard” type outfit but a true police department. When the school authorities were notified by Joe, they should have turned it over to the campus police and the investigation should have been initiated by them.

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  • MarkJ

    RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN!! These overpaid buffoons allowed a serious crime to go unreported. They should be in jail.

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