Nov 8, 2011
Faced with hundreds of local and national media chomping at the bit to ask legendary head football coach Joe Paterno about charges of sex and lies engulfing his program, Penn State University President Graham Spanier canceled the coach's scheduled weekly news conference.
Paterno won't take questions about the Penn State’s 8-1 record or its Saturday showdown with Nebraska today or any other day, and he won't speak about the sexual assault charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and the charges of perjury and failing to report lodged against two other PSU top officials.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the school is planning for Paterno's exit. The report states there is no timetable set but he will not be the coach next season.
While Paterno is not talking, coaches and media across the country are.
In an interview with The Insiders on 620 The Buzz Tuesday morning, Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe said the ever-widening scandal at Penn State provides a stark reminder of the role college coaches play in the lives of their players and people within their programs.
“Well, to be honest with you, my first emotion was just angry,” he said. “I’m sorry, that’s just the first emotion that I felt. The longer you think about something like that, you just become prayerful for the victims. I don’t have any idea what happened, I can’t judge decisions or any of that.”
And while Cutcliffe said he wouldn’t judge the actions of leaders at Penn State, many have, questioning why the school’s athletic director, interim senior vice president and famed head coach didn’t do more to stop the alleged abuse.
Authorities have said that Paterno, who testified in the grand jury proceedings that led to the charges against Sandusky, former athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, is not a target of the investigation.
Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, said Monday that he wondered if Paterno had a moral responsibility to do more when he first learned of the alleged abuse in 1998.
Cutcliffe didn’t comment on the moral implications of the story Tuesday, but did say that coaches have to be aware of everything that goes on within their programs.
“I take absolutely full credit for any action of our assistants, our equipment people, our secretaries, anybody involved in this program,” he said. “I have to have my eyes wide open. That’s obviously a big part of the thing. That’s how I was taught, and that’s just how it works, period.”
Cutcliffe also said the scandal at Penn State should also serve as a reminder for everyone involved in college academic and athletics. People in positions of power have a responsibility, he said, to set good examples for the young people they are teaching, coaching and, in many ways, mentoring.
“You are at the head,” Cutcliffe said of head coaches. "You are working with young people, just like any professor on this campus has that same responsibility to be very careful what they say, what they teach and what they present to young people.”
This scandal has been mishandled on so many levels. I don't believe Paterno would have been canned had he reported this the second he became aware of it. His legacy was already safe & secure, and the outrage would have been more severe had he reported Sandusky, only to be fired for doing the right thing. Had he reported Sandusky, then got fired, he could have sued them for retaliation and would have had the support of most everyone aside from the BOT.- Posted by BB5 the Boat Rocker
Do you think the general public & the PSU family would have condoned firing Paterno for reporting a child molester? I don't think so! Under Pennsylvania law, this incident should have been reported to the Pennsylvania State Police, for starters, by the President/others.
Sandusky is a scumbag and will get what he deserves. McQueary should have intervened in 02 opposed to leaving the facility, and then reported it. As for Spanier & Curley, they both engaged in a cover-up of epic proportions and I hope they get what they deserve as well. Spanier, as President, should have gone to the police. From what I've read, they didn't even file a report of any kind with law enforcement authorities regarding the 02 incident & didn't appear interested in looking into the 98 incident. The Feds are involved at this point and we'll know a lot more in the coming months.
For what it's worth, Paterno is the scapegoat in this because he is the face of Penn State football. Doesn't make it right but it is what it is. And yes, I am a Paterno fan & that's not gonna change. In fact, Penn State is one of the few teams I actually care to watch on Saturdays. All trolling aside, one or two scumbags are never gonna dictate how I view a given university. It's a sad day for college football.
Just an fyi misc, I've always been a Paterno fan & remain so today. There are others involved who need to be punished as well. However, he would have come out smelling like a rose had he reported this to the police when it was brought to his attention, chain of command or no chain of command. From that point forward, the authorities would have handled the investigation & Paterno/PSU would have pretty much been off the hook, reputation intact. The BOT would have been foolish to fire him had he gone to the police and his image would have remained on solid ground. He mishandled the situation, doesn't make him a bad guy & he's still a great coach.- Posted by BB5 the Boat Rocker