Thursday, November 10

true tragedy

He could have done more. He did all that he could. However you look at it, it's hard to deny that this is a tragedy in college football, in football and all sports for that matter. Joe Paterno dedicated his life to Penn State - to the players he coached, to the students, to the faculty, to the families that lived in State College. He gave millions and millions of dollars to the university to better the school that he so desperately loved. And within a week, that has all been taken away. Paterno is alerted he is no longer coach of the Nittany Lions by a phone call. A phone call. "Yep, thanks, Joe. We appreciate everything you've done. Now you're fired." Talk about a slap in the face. The board of trustees questions his moral integrity? Yes, Joe could have done more. He should have done more. He should have alerted a higher power, followed up on it. He himself says in retrospect, he wishes he did more. But to call someone - I don't care how influential he is - who has given 46 years of his life to a job and tell him he is fired? That's lacking moral integrity, Mr. Vice President of the Board of Trustees.

And can we take a moment to step back and ask where the person is who caused all of this? And what about the victims of these horrible, horrible accusations?  Joe Paterno has become the focus of this case, but the true focus should be put back onto Sandusky and the victims. That is the true tragedy.

Here's to you, Joe Paterno. It's too bad it had to end this way. Sandusky, this is just the beginning.

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