I know that this is a Golden State Warrior basketball blog. I also know that while the Penn State incident has nothing to do with basketball, the bay area, the Warriors, it is still something worth writing about.
The past week, allegations against former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusk, has been charged with 40 counts of child molestation. While that should be the main story, the story of the fall out that happened later is captivating the country. Legendary coach, Joe Paterno, was fired last night after the Board of Committee decided that his resignation, which he planned to retire next year, was fast enough and that he need to go as well as President Graham Spanier was also let go effective immediately. Most likely, Athletic Director, Tim Curley will be let go as he took a leave of absence. Vice President Gary Schultz retired earlier in the week, but both men were charged for failure to report the alleged crime as well perjury.
But most of the riots that have erupted for firing the coach and the lost cause is the victims who now look like tattle tellers and the scapegoats for the firing Jo Pa. While so much is made on how this will affect his hall of fame career. 409 wins in a Division I college programs is difficult and a great accomplishment in itself but it should not be a reason why Paterno should still continue to coach. I don’t think it would be in the best interest for the school for Paterno to be on the sideline and represent the school, when he blatantly covered up a really bad incident. Although he did report the incident to the higher ups, which I believe is the correct procedure, Sandusk was still able to to use the facilities until recently. Paterno should have followed up with that briefing.
If he didn’t want that responsibility, then he shouldn’t have been head coach. In a DI program, being head coach isn’t just coaching a bunch of kids, but rather a compilation of other things. As the head coach, it is his responsibility to protect his kids from any harm, whether it is from another team or even his coaches and is responsible for the actions of his coaches. He should be held just as accountable as the one doing it, as he sorta of turned a “blind eye” and continue to let this monster use his facilities. Everyone involved is to blame. No one should ever let an older man molest little children. Now the victims are emotionally and psychologically scarred for life.
And throughout this story, the molester and the victims are lost. The focus is turned onto how a legendary coach got ousted of his position. But remember to think of the victims. Their lives were turned upside down years ago and again when this story broke. Let’s hope they can recover and live their life fully.