Paterno's Fate Uncertain as Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Unfolds

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The calls are getting louder for longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno to step down over over allegations he knew an assistant coach sexually abused young boys for a decade. Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator, is being accused of sexually abusing at least eight boys over a 15-year period. The question now becomes who knew about the incidents and why they went unreported. Penn State is reportedly figuring out an exit plan for Paterno, who is in his 46th season as head coach. A crowd of fans gathered outside his house to show their support on Tuesday night.

Connor Ennis, college football editor for The New York Times, discusses the latest on the case.


Connor Ennis

Comments [5]

Outraged in NYC

It's simple. If you see a child being raped, or are alerted to the fact that a rape is happening, you call the police. Not your bosses. Not your colleagues. The police. People who work in an institution of higher learning should know this. It's not rocket science.

Nov. 09 2011 11:03 PM
Sam from Northampton MA

I don't understand the mentality of the fans rushing to Paterno's defense. He may be a great football coach, but that is not the issue in the news. The issue is that he had knowledge of horrific abuse of children and rather than using his knowledge and position to do everything possible to stop the abuse, he put his football program ahead of the abused children by doing the minimum required of him. He may have dodged legal culpability by his "reporting" what he knew, but morally he is complicit in the abuse of ever child abused from the day he knew of or suspected abuse forward. Paterno may be a great coach, but he's not a great person at all.

Nov. 09 2011 11:11 AM
charles from mt.vernon


Re: Paterno-What he wanted(from what i could gather) was 'deniable plausibility',by adhering strictly to what he was required to do. What his long-time coach wanted was access,which his charity allowed him. His connection to Penn gave him a place to follow through on his desires. Both men seem to have gotten what they wanted-and for both men there hopefully will be a price to pay. The youthful victims will be paying theirs for a long time to come.


Nov. 09 2011 09:44 AM
Fred Blevens from Miami, Florida

The idea that this is a time for the nation to "examine how educators do their jobs" is absurd. These men are NOT educators; they are professional football coaches who have absolutely nothing to do with education or educating our children. Using a hideous child sex case to attack higher education should be an insult to us all. Remember, coaches get millions to coach a game and 90 players for six months; instructors with doctorates start at $60,000 to teach more students for 10 or 12 months. Let's focus on the politics of professional football and leave educators out of this discussion.

Nov. 09 2011 09:39 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I get very tired of someone committing the crime of abuse and our turning immediately to people who might not have reported them. If they covered up for them, that's one thing, but otherwise let's blame the criminal for the crime.

Nov. 09 2011 06:14 AM

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