In what normally is a calm and quiet pre-game press conference every Tuesday, the Penn State weekly presser turned into a media circus. The amount of press coverage that normally turns out is around 15-20 people. This week, an hour before it was scheduled to begin, there was over 150.
Yeah, we are wondering the same thing Joe Pa
I’ll admit, I am one of those people who does not normally tune into a Penn State presser; let alone any B1G school, but the obvious magnitude of this press conference lured me in.
And as I was settling in with my coffee, getting ready to watch, Penn State has released a statement that the press conference has been cancelled. They also announced that Joe Paterno will NOT be on the weekly B1G coaches teleconference. Excuse me, WHAT?
Cowards. How is hiding and ignoring the problem going to help save the face of Penn State? It was one of the worst crisis management moves I have seen out of an academic institution in a long time. They could take some pointers from Ohio State.
Rumors are floating now that the real reason is that Joe Paterno is out. Yes, you read that right. Gone. Apparently the board of trustees voted Paterno out and he refused.
From the New York Times article reporting that he is gone:
“At age 84 and with 46 seasons as the Penn State head coach behind him, Paterno’s extraordinary run of success — one that produced tens of millions of dollars for the school and two national championships, and that established him as one of the nation’s most revered leaders, will end with a stunning and humiliating final chapter”
They are also saying that this could happen within weeks, maybe even days. Reports are also saying that school President. Dr. Graham Spanier will also be ousted. AS THEY ALL SHOULD BE. I don’t care how many football games someone has won, how much money they have made the school. You are supposed to be a role model to kids, and all you have done is let kids down.
But if you ask Spanier, he has the University and it’s students in mind, always. This is transcripted from a Board of Trustees Meeting over two months ago:
There is an unprecedented level of cynicism in our country today about leadership at all levels—the Congress, the President, state government officials, and even university administrators. It reminds me of the old story about the son who comes down for breakfast and says to his mother ‘I’m not going to school today.’ The mother asks why, and the son says ‘I’ll give you two reasons: Because the teachers don’t like me, and the students make fun of me.’ The mother says, ‘Son, you are going to school today, and I’ll give you two reasons: First, you are 60 years old, and second, you are the president of the university.’
“It has always been my belief that people desire good leadership, and in fact will support it and follow it. It is in this spirit that it has been my custom each September to comment on the state of the University, through an address or video.
I’ve spent 25 years at Penn State during my two tours of duty and care deeply about the University and its people. The well-being of this state is also important to me, not only as president of Penn State, but also as a citizen of Pennsylvania, and I’d like to reflect on our University and the larger context in which we operate.”
Listening to anything this guy has to say is like taking dinner advice suggestions from Jeffery Dahmer, dumb move.
What is even more sickening is that Jerry Sandusky was on the PSU campus, last week, and not one person did anything to stop it. Just turned a blind-eye and let it go.
After the announcement of the press conference being cancelled, ESPN had analyst Matt Millen on. Millen literally broke down on air, started crying and could barely get his words out. Millen played for Penn State and Sandusky was actually his coach. Unfortunately for Millen, he is completely defending Paterno and putting him on a pedestal. The kicker of this is that Millen serves on the board of Second Mile, Sandusky’s foundation.
As of right now, Scott Paterno, Joe’s son, is claiming that Paterno is looking to make an off-campus press conference at some point today. He wants to speak out to the media and let them know his side of the story. Let’s hope this happens.
And if you are wondering if the students are protesting the game on Saturday? Paternoville, where the students camp out for the week tailgating and waiting for the game is almost full. Just like normal.
Once Joe Pa once said, “I’m not leaving college football to the Jackie Sherrill’s and Barry Switzer’s of the world.” Seems a little ironic now, don’t you think Joe Pa?
Will update article with any more breaking news.
Editors Note: Why do I keep writing about Penn State? I have been a college football fan my entire life. While I have never been a fan of Penn State, I’ve admired the program and Joe Paterno from afar for as long as I can remember. What is happening at Penn State is disgusting and my heart breaks for everyone involved. Penn State and it’s administration should be ashamed of themselves. A man who WAS going to go down in history as being one of the most iconic coaches in college football just lost all my respect.