Look I don't think Paterno supported this. I think maxnn made a great point about everyone's first instinct being to just pass the buck. But he has to take the fall with the rest of his cohorts. While only Sandusky committed the crime, the fact that 3 or 4 grown a.ss men including the President and AD, after being alerted of the situation, stood by and did nothing but tell Sandusky to simply not bring the boys on campus is almost as bad as what Sandusky did. The fact that Paterno knew what was happening and opted to pass the buck to the AD shouldn't put him in jail but he should never coach another football game.
Also, notice I don't know the names of the AD or the President of PSU. But I know Paterno, and so does everyone else. He is the face of that football program and that university. Even if he didn't have hard evidence on Sandusky at the time...even it was the word of a grad a.ssistant...his stature alone would have been enough to open a legit investigation. Seriously Sandusky abused more kids after Paterno and the rest of these idiots were informed of his crimes. They are partly responsible because they knew that if Sandusky wasn't in jail or wasn't being investigated that nobody but them knew what was going on. Paterno had an obligation to take it further and he did not.
And finally, it's because the guys taking the fall for this are relatively unknown that so many people are calling for Paterno's job today. He is the face of that university, the identity and as far as everyone around the country is concerned if he doesn't take the fall then justice on that particular level was not served.
Agree with all points except Maxnn's. People are not born unethical or corrupt. They become that way.Particularly in this circumstance, for someone like JoePa who built his reputation with ""integrity and honor" highly regarded as arguably the most ethical coach in all of college football, for him to make a lapse in judgment of this this magnitude and not make an effort to correct it for 9 years is absolutely inexcusable. Nobody should be making any kind of excuses for him, and everyone in the media calling for his job has every right to do so. And the "limited information" argument lost its credibility the minute he released the statement saying: "with hindsight, I wish I would have done more." This in itself is an admission of guilt, which, oddly enough, is about the only thing out of all this that I halfway applaud him for doing.
It must be easy for him to offer a 1-liner about prayers in the names of the children whom he perpetuated the ruining of lives of. It would have taken a real man to stand up for what is right or wrong during his tenure, and put the glory of the holy establishment that is worshiped as PSU football and his own legacy at risk.
I have made my share of mistakes in my life, and I could talk about them for days on end, but nothing will compare to the shame and guilt that JoePa will have to live with, knowing that he is more than partly responsible for this. His was no mistake. There is no doubt in my mind that he saw Sandusky several times after the incident which was brought to his attention, and still chose to take the low road. He deserves every bit of Karma and criticism that comes his way and to the PSU football program for his negligence.