Joe Paterno said, "I should have done more." The statement should have finished with "but I didn't". That is the truth of the matter.
We can argue Joe Paterno's legacy and all that he has done for the University till we're blue in the face. None of what JoePa has done for the University will ever be taken away. His drive for academics, his generosity, his genuine leadership and his stewardship of a football program that has never been scandalous in the ways that other programs have cannot be denied.
Still, people will deny that Joe Paterno made a mistake in such a grave fashion. When the first accusations came out, I never thought Jerry Sandusky was capable of doing what he was convicted of, but he
did. It is a hard pill to swallow, but it has to be done.
I can see how this could have happened.
Someone you know very well and for a long time is accused of something despicable; it will be hard to believe. It is easy to stand by the person until you have proof otherwise. It will even be easier to
dismiss when no charges are filed after a police investigation.
However, three years later it happens again. This time, another person you know well sees the act and describes it. This person also knows the aggressor very well and for a long time. Well that to me is proof enough.
Paterno did report this information to Athletic Director Tim Curley and the University President Graham Spanier. Unfortunatley, this is where the story takes a turn for the worst. According to the Freeh Report Curley and Spanier were willing to report it to authorities. Then two days later Curley states in an email that after talking with "Joe", the decision was to not to report it.
Regardless of reason or motive for not pursuing the case, the simple fact that a sexual act with a young boy allegedly occurred in the football building should have been enough to scream from the rooftops
to call the police. Paterno, who was one of the more powerful men at Penn State University, chose not to.
"I wish I would have done more."
Joe Paterno, the human, made a grave error in judgment and unfortunately for the loyal Penn State followers, it is something that cannot be debated. As much as you would like to raise JoePa up call
him a victim or martyr, his lack of action allowed young boys to be victimized for years to come. They are the only victims in this and to claim otherwise serves only to violate Sandusky's victims all over
It's a harsh truth. It's a sad truth. It's a truth that is far from over for the Penn State community as it lingers in the air and becomes fouler in stench as the football season approaches.
The four men who were trying to protect the integrity of the institution could have lived up to its ideals by reporting it. The 2001 scandal could h