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By Steve Rudman | Published September 28, 2012 | Full size is 350 × 254 pixels

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  • SS/Vashon

    Thoughtful, insightful, clear headed and articulate. Thank you.
    SS/Vashon

  • SS/Vashon

    Thoughtful, insightful, clear headed and articulate. Thank you.
    SS/Vashon

  • 1coolguy

    Excellent article Art.
    The chain of events here is simply implausable – that they are true is stunning. The one we are aware of, the assistant telling Paterno seeing the ex-coach in the shower with a young boy, both naked, and: 1/ The assistant not jacking up Sandusky rght then and there 2/ Paterno taking it in and not immediately confronting Sandusky 3/ The higher report, I presume the AD, not immediately taking action when Paterno informed him: Then after it all, to essentially sweep it under the rug and seemingly forget about it is astonishing.

    It’s my understanding Sandusky, who had retained his private office in the PSU athletic dept. after his 1999 retirement, continued having it after this incident!

    Geeeez – All of these men are losers in the court of public opinion and deservedly will never be able to re-coup any semblance of respect. It will be interesting to see who gets prison sentences, etc. Hopefully there is no statue of limitations for such acts.

  • 1coolguy

    Excellent article Art.
    The chain of events here is simply implausable – that they are true is stunning. The one we are aware of, the assistant telling Paterno seeing the ex-coach in the shower with a young boy, both naked, and: 1/ The assistant not jacking up Sandusky rght then and there 2/ Paterno taking it in and not immediately confronting Sandusky 3/ The higher report, I presume the AD, not immediately taking action when Paterno informed him: Then after it all, to essentially sweep it under the rug and seemingly forget about it is astonishing.

    It’s my understanding Sandusky, who had retained his private office in the PSU athletic dept. after his 1999 retirement, continued having it after this incident!

    Geeeez – All of these men are losers in the court of public opinion and deservedly will never be able to re-coup any semblance of respect. It will be interesting to see who gets prison sentences, etc. Hopefully there is no statue of limitations for such acts.

  • Ted Van Dyk

    You’ve got it right in all respects, Art. 

  • Ted Van Dyk

    You’ve got it right in all respects, Art. 

  • red devil

    Amen.
    If ESPN had any brains they would televise something else, the game is toxic.

  • red devil

    Amen.
    If ESPN had any brains they would televise something else, the game is toxic.

  • Cruddly

    I seem to remember Paterno being one of the real straight shooters among the elite coaches of college football.  This is what happens when a program loses sight of its original goals, and replaces them with a philosophy of self preservation at any cost.  Paterno should have retired 15 years ago.  The same powerful coach, even an allegedly good guy like Paterno, should never stay with the same program for that long a time.  He becomes almost Godlike and unapproachable.
    In a shorter period of time, Jim Owens achieved this kind of status.  Back in the 60′s, when this was basically a one sport town, Owens was King.  By the mid-sixties the Husky program under Owens, who was also Athletic Director, was far from what it once had been.  They truly sucked.  Suddenly reports of racial discrimination began to pop up.  Then African American players on the team began to openly protest their treatment by the coaching staff.  For the first time, reporters and Husky supporters began to speak openly of whether or not Owens should get canned.  The truth was that Owens and his staff had got away with this racist behavior for years, but he was such a powerful figure in Seattle that it had always been swept under the rug.  
    Changing times and losing seasons finally brought the matter to light.  Owens always appeared baffled at at these charges, even though he committed himself and his staff to rectifying the situation.  But I believe his bewildered reaction to the racist charges against him was not an act — it was a normal reaction from someone who resided in an ivory tower.

  • Cruddly

    I seem to remember Paterno being one of the real straight shooters among the elite coaches of college football.  This is what happens when a program loses sight of its original goals, and replaces them with a philosophy of self preservation at any cost.  Paterno should have retired 15 years ago.  The same powerful coach, even an allegedly good guy like Paterno, should never stay with the same program for that long a time.  He becomes almost Godlike and unapproachable.
    In a shorter period of time, Jim Owens achieved this kind of status.  Back in the 60′s, when this was basically a one sport town, Owens was King.  By the mid-sixties the Husky program under Owens, who was also Athletic Director, was far from what it once had been.  They truly sucked.  Suddenly reports of racial discrimination began to pop up.  Then African American players on the team began to openly protest their treatment by the coaching staff.  For the first time, reporters and Husky supporters began to speak openly of whether or not Owens should get canned.  The truth was that Owens and his staff had got away with this racist behavior for years, but he was such a powerful figure in Seattle that it had always been swept under the rug.  
    Changing times and losing seasons finally brought the matter to light.  Owens always appeared baffled at at these charges, even though he committed himself and his staff to rectifying the situation.  But I believe his bewildered reaction to the racist charges against him was not an act — it was a normal reaction from someone who resided in an ivory tower.

  • J4hansen

    I love Mr Thiel’s writing and I agree on most everything in this column.  The part I don’t agree with is the cancelling of the game.  To me, the ‘game’ of football is a separate issue to this terrible event.  There are some 50 men involved in this game that had nothing to do with what happen in 2002 and beyond, who have given everything of themselves to prepare for this game.  For the seniors, it’s their last game in that stadium and so cancelling the game is a punishment to them, and to what end?  I can certainly agree not to televise the game.  It will probably be a circus with the TV people, little of which will be about the game.  I also do not think the receivers coach should be on the sidelines, nor even on the team.

  • J4hansen

    I love Mr Thiel’s writing and I agree on most everything in this column.  The part I don’t agree with is the cancelling of the game.  To me, the ‘game’ of football is a separate issue to this terrible event.  There are some 50 men involved in this game that had nothing to do with what happen in 2002 and beyond, who have given everything of themselves to prepare for this game.  For the seniors, it’s their last game in that stadium and so cancelling the game is a punishment to them, and to what end?  I can certainly agree not to televise the game.  It will probably be a circus with the TV people, little of which will be about the game.  I also do not think the receivers coach should be on the sidelines, nor even on the team.

  • http://twitter.com/kingwabbit Jeff Shope

    So much for due process hey Art?  The court of holier than thou wins again

    • Anonymous

      Jeff, the stuff that Joe himself testified to is more than enough to support his firing. Doing the bare minimum after learning what his graduate assistant coach directly witnessed isn’t good enough. Never following up, and allowing Sandusky to continue to bring little boys around the facilities, is inexcusable.

      He’ll get his due process if there are legal proceedings. But he has no business coaching.

  • http://twitter.com/kingwabbit Jeff Shope

    So much for due process hey Art?  The court of holier than thou wins again

    • bigyaz

      Jeff, the stuff that Joe himself testified to is more than enough to support his firing. Doing the bare minimum after learning what his graduate assistant coach directly witnessed isn’t good enough. Never following up, and allowing Sandusky to continue to bring little boys around the facilities, is inexcusable.

      He’ll get his due process if there are legal proceedings. But he has no business coaching.

  • headoutofsand

    So many resonant points in this column, and the forfeit idea makes a ton of sense.  Could still happen.  No wonder a long line of successful college coaches have felt/acted like entitled, omnipotent kings – way too many of their blindly loyal subjects (spectators, broadcasters, writers, etc.) have genuflected so deeply to them.  

  • headoutofsand

    So many resonant points in this column, and the forfeit idea makes a ton of sense.  Could still happen.  No wonder a long line of successful college coaches have felt/acted like entitled, omnipotent kings – way too many of their blindly loyal subjects (spectators, broadcasters, writers, etc.) have genuflected so deeply to them.  

  • http://twitter.com/kingwabbit Jeff Shope

    witchhunt

    • Cruddly

      The term “witch hunt” normally pertains to a situation where a group of people are unfairly prosecuted for either participating or conspiring to commit a crime, or some act perceived to be evil.  Flimsy evidence, false testimony and questionable witnesses are used to support the charges. Their accusers use demagoguery (see Glen Beck) to fuel the public’s fears and paranoia in order to circumvent the law, and guarantee convictions.   Anyone one who dares publicly to oppose this process risks becoming the prosecution’s next target. 
      Do you really think that is what is going on here?

  • http://twitter.com/kingwabbit Jeff Shope

    witchhunt

    • Cruddly

      The term “witch hunt” normally pertains to a situation where a group of people are unfairly prosecuted for either participating or conspiring to commit a crime, or some act perceived to be evil.  Flimsy evidence, false testimony and questionable witnesses are used to support the charges. Their accusers use demagoguery (see Glen Beck) to fuel the public’s fears and paranoia in order to circumvent the law, and guarantee convictions.   Anyone one who dares publicly to oppose this process risks becoming the prosecution’s next target. 
      Do you really think that is what is going on here?