Web Poll Results

Amidst the sexual abuse charges, do you think it was right that Penn State fired football coach Joe Paterno?

68.36% Yes
31.63% No

Comment: He and his staff had a Moral Obligation to insure this type of behavior would Not go unchecked!

Comment: It is a sad day for college football when you lose a legend.JoePa was bigger than life at PSU but he was rightfully terminated. Not because of the scandal within the organization but because he failed as person with high ethical and moral standards. Any one person with a shred of decency about them knows that when there is a crime that has been reported to you as the boss,you have an obligation to report it to the proper authorities NOT your chain of command. This is where JoePa failed in his duties as not only a Legend amoungst legends,but as a man with great integrity and respect to whom thousands if not millions of people looked up to.

Comment: Dear Penn State Fan/Alumni, You don’t know me. Sure, we may have seen each other once or twice at a road game or a tailgate, but aside from a passing glance, and an occasional hello, we are strangers. Heck, we’re actually more like enemies. After all, I’m a fan of The Ohio State University – tOSU, or O$U as you might call it. Since you guys joined the Big Ten Conference in the early-90s we’ve built a pretty spirited rivalry, with more than its fair share of heroics, heartbreaks, and triumphs. To be sure, we’ve both crossed the line on occasion. Urine balloon barbs and incontinence jabs have clouded the fact that we’re actually not that different, you and I. We’re both proud disciples of two of the most storied programs in all of college football, and although you’d be hard pressed to get a Buckeye fan to say it to your face, we respect the hell out of you and your traditions. I’m writing because I know how you feel right now. The actions of your beloved president, coach, and athletic director have shaken your program to the core and have threatened your own faith in humanity. You’re shocked that someone you idolized could have done something so stupid, so selfish, so infuriatingly contradictory to the values they spent decades promoting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing what happened in Columbus to what’s alleged to have happened in State College. Only Bob Ryan is stupid enough to draw that parallel. What I am saying is that I know what it feels like to have a personal hero disgraced. To watch someone you admire, who did more good in a week than most of us do in our entire lifetimes get publicly shamed, and forced out under a cover of darkness. To see a legacy irrevocably stained and treasured accomplishments tarnished. To have one person’s mistakes drag your university’s good name through the mud. To be labeled an accomplice to the crime by virtue of your fan allegiances. As I was driving to work this morning, I heard one of your own call in to The Herd and explain that he didn’t know how he was going to unapologetically put on the Blue and White and sing “Fight On, State” this Saturday. He’s not the only one to express that sentiment. Perhaps you’re feeling a little this way. This is what I want to say to you. You are not Joe Paterno. You are not Tim Curley. You are not Gary Schultz. You are not Graham Spanier, and you are sure as hell not Jerry Sandusky. Their alleged sins are not your own. They may be the most recognizable faces of your beloved program, but they are not Penn State. They are not a 156 year old center of higher learning. They are not a century of football tradition. Their flaws cannot eclipse the innumerable scientific, artistic, and humanitarian contributions your university, and its 44,000 students and 570,000 living alumni have made and will continue to make to the world at large. The spirit of a program, of a university, and of a state is so much bigger than any one person. So do yourself a favor, and stop thinking about Joe Paterno. No amount of discussion can change what happened, and his bed is made for better or worse. Recognize that only time can tell how he will be remembered. (For what it’s worth, I hope beyond hope that the facts turn out favorably.) Say a prayer for the children, and on Saturday, put on your Silas Redd jersey, brave the cold, and cheer your ass off for your team. Not because you support the coaches, because you support the men on the field. Not because you endorse the administration, because you believe in the University as a collective whole. Penn State University has always been (and will always be) about one thing and one thing only: making life better. It’s not just a motto, it’s a mission. And you’re still a part of that. Pray for the children. Cheer for the team. And in two weeks, make the drive to Columbus, so you can watch us bury your Big Ten title aspirations in person. Sincerely, A Buckeye Fan”

Comment: The red head coach McCleary? ought to be fired as well. He saw what happen and should've stopped it or called police then.

Comment: Since Coach Paterno did not contact the police he needed to go. Also, Mike McQueary should have gotten that poor boy away from Sandusky in the shower. Why was Coach Paterno not informed of this incident until the next day? McQueary needs to be fired also along with anybody else that had any knowledge of the child sex abuse incidents and failed to contact police.

Comment: If there was any chance he could've stop one child from being molested he needs to be gone as rest of the athletic program!

Comment: After the JT Coddling, I guess folks are getting the message!

Comment: anyone who knew about it and didnt go further up in letting anyone know should be in major trouble. if that was my kid, id be going nuts that all these people knew what was going on and didnt do more to stop it.

Comment: he knew and did nothing

Comment: Every state has a law that requires a person to report to the police knowledge of a felony. Thus, he should also be charged with a crime, and all of the others that knew also be changed.

Comment: If those were your children, what would you think?

Comment: Not alerting the police made him an accomplice.

Comment: I lean towards yes because Sandusky was allowed to use school facilities and because abuse continued after Paterno was made aware. The entire coaching staff should be dismissed. Also the prosector for allowing Paterno to reach 409 wins before bringing Sandusky to justice.

Comment: He had a moral responsibility to do tell the police.

Comment: I BELIEVE THERE IS MORE TO COME AND FEEL THE NCAA SHOULD GET INVOLVED AFTER THE SCHOOL AND LOCALS COMPLETE THEIR INVESTIGATION.

Comment: It was not right for him not to tell any on else.

Comment: Penn St did the right thing by letting Paterno go because he knew about it. He should have contacted the police.

Comment: I am a Joe Pa fan, but I agree with the firing. What I don't agree with is that McQuery is still on staff with the University. He should have been the FIRST one to go!

Comment: Duh!

Comment: I think he should also be legally punished also.

Comment: Paterno should have let him go right then and there when it was reported to him.

Comment: Why would this be a question? Joe was a great football coach but one that lacked the moral courage to report the incident to law enforcement when told that a child had been raped the day before. He is not alone in the cover-up..stay tuned.

Comment: Everyone is on this kick, Joe Paterno told his superior..But I can tell you if I told my superior back in 2002, witnessing my co worker molesting a child. There is no way that I would be working with this person. If your boss did nothing you have a duty to take it on further period.

Comment: They had no choice. It was wrong of him to not follow up. I love Jopa but he was wrong in what did--- or should I say, didn't do.

Comment: I want to know if the guy that witnessed the incident punched the old man or even made him stop?

Comment: While I do think he should have done more with the information he was given in 2002, I think they should have let him finish this season.I don't think that this scandal should define his whole career which it probably will.

Comment: I don't understand why a ten year old boy was in the shower room for college football players.

Comment: If you worked for a company or an orginization and were a department lead or supervisor and a peer came up to you and said they saw a man ( that worked in the same co.) having sex with a boy in the bathroom , everyone knows that the proper protocal in a "WORK" inviroment would be to tell your superior, and let them make the call on what to do. That's why they make the big bucks!, and if there is no-one higher than yourself to tell, then guess what -- it's your job. Keep in mind that there "IS" a difference between something like this happening in a work place verses in your back yard! You just don't go taking it apon yourself to go calling the cops just on here say- your not authorized. Looks like joe followed work place protocal. I would have handled it the same way he did.

Comment: all of sudden the USA media has made things become "its your duty" to see it thru the end? Joe Pa did what he was supposed to do. REPORT it to someone in authority. Now its become. OH it was his duty to see it thru the end..... NO ITS NOT. I also highly doubt many folks would have turned a eye if not for a College school.

Comment: As he did as most jobs call for. He went up the chain of command. I would be fired if I did not. So it could be investigated by higher ups. Or a decision on calling in police. They should go after the one's who dropped the ball. Ifeel Joe did his job as he himself did not see this. Ifeel so bad for the kids, but until checked out we have all seen people yell wolf. and then find out it is not true. GTOOG LUCK JOE YOU WERE MADE A SCAPE GOAT.

Comment: Joe pa clearly did nothing wrong! He passed the hearsay to the next in charge.that person duty was to contact law enforcement!what joe pa heard would be hearsay.he didn't witness firsthand!

Comment: I give Penn State a credit least they kept their coach longer than Ohio State has. He told authority what happen. If the higher up didn't tell its not his fault.

Comment: HE IS NOT THE ONE THAT DID THE ABUSE . PERIOD . THAT IS ONE THING THAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD . ALSO I AM SO UPSET WITH CHANNEL SIX I AM NOT SURE I WILL EVER BE ABLE TO WATCH YOUR CHANNEL AGAIN LET ALONE YOUR NEWS . I DID NOT GET THE WHOLE STORY BEHIND THE FELONS AT WORK , BUT FROM WHAT I DID GET , YOU GUYS ARE WRONG. NOBODY IS PERFECT, EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES. I HAVE A DAUGHTER WHO IS 33 YEARS OLD ,SINGLE MOTHER OF 3 BOYS, NO SUPPORT COMMING IN, HAD A HECK OF A TIME FINDING A JOB BECAUSE SHE IS CONSIDERED A FELON .SHE FINALLY GOT A JOB AFTER 2 YEARS AND IS AN AWSOME PERSON. SHE WOULD GIVE YOU HER LAST DOLLAR I HAVE SEEN IT. NOW I HAVE TO SIT HERE AND WORRY ,IS SHE GOING TO LOOSE HER JOB BECAUSE OF WHAT CHANNEL 6 IS DOING , OR WILL THEY EVEN FIND OUT ? SHE GOT HOOKIED ON PAIN KILLERS AND WAS CAUGHT WITH A BAGGIE OF 60 5MG VICODEN IN HER CAR AFTER BEING CLEAN FOR OVER A YEAR. PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES IN THERE LIFE AND NOW SHE IS A FELON BECAUSE SOMEONE PUT A BAGGIE OF 60 PILLS IN HER CAR AND THE MARSHALS FOUND IT. LIKE I SAID SHE WAS ALREADY CLEAN, {IT WAS A YEAR IN APRIL}. SHE IS GETTING HER LIFE BACK TOGETHER FINALLY AND NOW ON TOP OF ALL MY MEDICAL AND MENTAL PROBLEMS I HAVE TO SIT HERE AND WORRY , IS SHE GOING TO LOOSE HERE JOB BECAUSE OF A TV STATION THAT I HAVE BEEN FAITHFULL TO FOR OVER 50 YEARS. I PRAY THAT YOU ALL KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING WHEN YOU GO AFTER THIS STORY AND ALSO I HOPE YOU GET THE WHOLE AND TRUE STORY BEFORE YOU DO RUN IT. THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET THERE LIVES BACK AND YOUR STATION MAY JUST BE PUTTING THEM BACK OUT THERE ON THE STREETS WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE THEY GOT THESE JOBS . I KNOW IT DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH COACH JOE , BUT I FIGURED IF I PUT THIS HERE YOU MIGHT NOT SKIP OVER IT. IF THERE IS A PERFECT PERSON AT YOUR STATION WHO HAS NEVER DONE ANY WRONG IN THERE LIVES, I WOULD SURE LIKE TO MEET THEM. THERE IS NOT A LIVING BEING ON THIS EARTH WHO HAS NEVER DONE ANY WRONG, OR MAY HAVE TURNED THE WRONG WAY EVEN FOR 1 DAY OR 1 HOUR.

Comment: joe didnt do it.

Comment: The person or persons to whom Joe Pa reported the incident to have kept their mouth(s) shut for all these years,now they want to place all the blame on someone else. Don't they call that cover up ?

Comment: HELL HE WAS A SCAPEGOAT, AND MCQUEARY IS PROTECTED UNDER THE WHISTLE BLOWER LAW.!!!!!!!! LAY OFF OF JOPA, HE WAS A SCAPEGOAT, WORRY ABOUT THE EAST SIDE OF YOUR EMERALD CITY, IT SUCKS.!!!!!

Comment: no comment

Comment: i think that if Joe Paterno got fired so should that other guy that they just suspended who saw the whole thing happen and didnt call the police or stop it. they should fire that guy that witnessed it happened instead of just suspending him and firing Paterno instead and they should also give Joe Paterno his job back.

Comment: What ever happened to innocent until proven guility? Joe Paw reported a second hand statement to his superiors. There is no indication that the actual witness ever reported what he alleggedly saw to anyone other than Joe Paw, yet the witness is still working. Where's the justice in that? I'm not sure what else Joe Paw should have done with the limited information that he had available. it was his bosses who failed in their oblication. It should have been a simple matter to call the witness in, obtain his statement and call the cops to investigate. What his bosses did or did not do has nothing to do with Joe Paw.

Comment: he was the only one involved who did what he was supposed to do. It is because those above him did nothing that we are where we are today. Moreover, McCreary should have intervened during the assault or at least called police as he was the direct witness to the assault.

Comment: they should have let him retire. after all it was back in 2002. look what he did for penn state all these years. they just didn't want to pay him his retirement. nobody's stupid

Comment: I feel that an iconic legend such as Joe Paterno who may as well've been the mascot for PSU was fired much too abruptly. A man with such stature has done too much good for that state and university and deserved a benefit of a doubt and let him walk away peacefully at the end of his season.

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