Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the latest national fall from grace is the utter state of denial Penn State alumni, fans and Joe himself seem intent on occupying.
“I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed.”
Disappointed? And the a tragedy occurred phrasing? Talk about dancing away from the edge of the grave…
Paterno failed to do the proper, much less human thing, when he did not immediately
put 2 into Sandusky’s head report Sandusky’s behavior to the police and then fire the assistant coach forthwith. In fact, McQuearry also deserved 2 in the head to be immediately fired; what grown man stands watches a child raped and does nothing?
And Paterno, deep in his heart, knows this.
But it’s obvious Joe has swallowed his own poison.