When the Grand Jury's presentment was released last Saturday, ironically a bye-week for the Penn State Nittany Lions Football Team, Joe Paterno's coaching days officially ended.
It would take nearly a week of horrifying, gut-wrenching, exposure via 24-hour endless hysterical coverage and a phone call to a little old man in the middle of the night to deliver the message but
Penn State's College Football's America's Lion would no longer roam in Happy Valley.
It had to be that way, he had to go.
As he said, in one of his statements yesterday, he should have done more.
Make no mistake though, Joe Paterno--College Football's all time winningest Head Coach--was used as a 1950's era fall out shelter last night by the Penn State Board of Trustees.
Sure they fired the President, Graham Spanier, how could they not? His 'cover my flank' actions and statements in light of the Grand Jury's findings is nothing short of delusional hypocrisy. His role in the cover up, that left more than a decade worth of untold numbers of rape victims in harm's way and without treatment and healing is even more shocking given the fact that his own academic background is in the field of sociology and family counseling.
Yet in their 'well thought out' unanimous statement last night the Board of Trustees implied that Spainer was deciding to step aside instead of just plain old fashion boot in the rear terminated. He didn't deserve to quit, he needed to be fired, fired, fired.
Which brings us to the two gentlemen actually indicted for the cover up and for perjuring themselves to the Grand Jury; Gary Schultz and Athletic director Tim Curley placed themselves on administrative leave under the guidance and blessing of Spainer.
Certainly the swift acting 'well thought out' unanimous Board of Trustees rectified that situation and fired, fired, fired those two clowns?
Nope, now they are on administrative leave, full pay and benefits mind you, under the Board's guidance and blessing...?
The then TWENTY EIGHT year old former football player, that testified to the grand jury that he in fact walked in on Jerry Sadusky--the alleged serial predator--raping a boy that appeared to be about ten years old, who did nothing to stop the attack and nothing to report it to the authorities will presumably be on the side lines this Saturday when the football team takes the field.
According to the Board of Trustees there is 'no change' in Mike McQueary's status.
And really there is no change in the status at Penn State. The president was replaced with the Vice President and the little old guy that has been sitting up in the press box was made into the face, scapegoat, if you will, of one of the worst scandals to hit
Penn State College Football America since ever.
Educator, Coach, Humanitarian Scapegoat, Fall Guy, Patsy.