BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
The ex-Penn State coach was fired after the ongoing event known as the “Sandusky Scandal” when reports got out about Sandusky’s inappropriate advances of young boys. Many were quick to act on their opinions of the Penn State staff. Some were supportive and others were outraged. But this article is not going to be about the Sandusky Scandal. Until a full trial and all the facts are uncovered I will not have a full concrete opinion of the situation. I have read the reports and I’ve even been in the same shoes as McQueary as someone who has worked in the college setting and has access to the facilities after hours. This incident did cause Joe Paterno to get fired as well as tainting his legacy. This is a fact.
Joe Paterno coached football with one school longer than I can remember anyone ever coaching with the same school. He coached 61 years at Penn State. To me that shows that he was not a coach who cared about the glory of his job. If he did he would have tried to coach at the professional level. He would have moved to a bigger program with more resources and better recruiting tools. Joe Paterno cared about football and helping young adults become responsible adults. As a current coach and someone who has been around sports, I believe that unless you’re coaching grown men in the professional level, it is more important to help groom players to become better people than better players. The likelihood of players actually going to the professional levels is not very likely and that’s why it’s more important to prepare them for the real world and becoming good men and good husbands.
I believe that Joe Paterno felt the same way. He had a special bond with his players as every interview I have ever heard from an old player who played under Paterno they all have a great amount of respect for the guy and appreciate everything he did for them. It angers me that so many people are quick to pull the trigger that Joe Paterno willingly knew and let Sandusky do the things that he is alleged of doing. Yes, a graduate assistant came to him and told him of an incident and he passed it on to his superiors. I don’t see an issue with either of these actions. Do you go ahead and act on an allegation without talking to your supervisors? Because if you do and you’re wrong. Say goodbye to your job. The administration is the people I believe failed.
Looking at it from the university’s perspective I would have fired the coach and any and every one linked to the situation. The university has to worry about the student body and the image of the school. They had to do something to show that this is a huge deal and they took actions. I honestly believe that Paterno would have retired after this season. His health was failing and he has a huge family that I’m sure he would have liked to spend more time with. The university had to make it appear as a fire though to make it look as that they took actions.
There are lots of different types of coaches. The coaches that do anything to win, the ones who understand the game but can’t teach it, the ones who seek glory and leave places year after year, and then there are the few who actually believe in developing the players as people. I believe Joe Paterno was the last type of coach but he also found success in getting the most out of his players and that’s why he was able to coach at a high level for so long. The media is always looking for drama. They build up players and coaches as icons and hero’s until they no longer can sell stories and then they try to tear them down for their decisions (look at LeBron).
Paterno should be remembered as a great coach and a family man that helped hundreds of young adults over the years. That’s how I will remember him and how I hope most of you will remember him. Did he make some mistakes over the years? Some that are called for and some that aren’t. I’m positive he did because we are all human and nobody makes the right decisions all the time. We should instead celebrate the life of Joe Paterno. He impacted many players’ lives. He was a loving husband and father. We should all be lucky enough to live our lives 85 years and be blessed to have a large family and a community that loved us.
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