What Else Should We Expect?

Joe Paterno is 84. His brain doesn’t work the same way it used to. Too bad that’s not a worthy excuse for his, once again, selfish decision today. The previously beloved coach announced that at the end of the season he would step down as the head coach of Penn State.

What a joke.

If it wasn’t certain that Joe Paterno doesn’t have anyone else’s interest in mind but his own already, then this announcement surely did it. JoePa does what is best for JoePa. It’s always been this way, except before the world never really knew it.

At his press conference, Paterno said that he wanted to finish his final season with “dignity and determination.” In case he didn’t know, that ship has sailed. It left the moment we found out all JoePa did when he was informed of the accusations toward Sandusky was to report it to the proper authority.

It’s hard to believe that Paterno could even think about finishing a football season at this point in time. Clearly, he still doesn’t have any remorse or regret for what he has done, or rather what he didn’t do. Penn State is 8-1 this season. JoePa wants to go out on a high note. In the grand scheme of things, football has become insignificant in the context of this devastating story for most of us.

Not JoePa though.

JoePa can’t even pretend like he cares. His best teary eyed bluff could have been detected by my 6-year-old cousin. Paterno said that “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” Yet, with the benefit of hindsight and those thick, horn-rimmed glasses, Paterno doesn’t see what he has done wrong. If he understood the magnitude of his inaction in this issue then he wouldn’t wait until the end of the season to step down.

It really doesn’t matter if Paterno steps down now but it’s the principle of the matter. To retire after a few more inconsequential football games instead of immediately stepping down, tells the rest of the world that JoePa probably hasn’t lost much sleep over the scandal.

JoePa only lost sleep because he was thinking about his tarnished legacy. JoePa only wishes he could have done more to make sure that this whole story never came out to ruin his beloved reputation. The only thing that’s a tragedy in this matter to JoePa is the fact that he can never go out on top of the College Football world.

409 meaningless freaking wins.

It’s like the old adage for criminals. They’re sorry, but sorry simply because they were caught.

Joe Paterno was caught for who he really is. He’s another iconic sports figure who is not made in the beautiful image that the fans and media have created. Brett Favre sexted and whined, Tiger Woods cheated several times, Lebron James is not the Chosen1 and Walter Payton wasn’t quite so sweet.

Joe Paterno had and still has no interest in the children he could have saved. This is the person that he is and, at 84, I guess there’s no reason we should expect him to give in to what everyone else not only thinks but knows he should do.

Joe Paterno isn’t retiring immediately and that’s just JoePa being JoePa.

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29 Responses to What Else Should We Expect?

  1. Jsportsfan says:

    He leaves tarnished and makes Penn State the most hated team in college football. Sad. I feel for the victims in this sad story. I hope they can find peace someday. Great post.

  2. Pop Fly Boys says:

    You relay your opinion well…but there are so many out there, that there is not a correct one. The best thing we can do is just wait it out and see where this road ends.

  3. Sawley says:

    I feel like this whole thing about has been about Paterno. From Paterno’s own words that you cite in this column, to the administrators’ lack of action when he notified them of what happened. I get the idea they sat on the information, fearing if it came out it would look bad on the school and Paterno’s legacy, having a child molester be on his staff for so long and at one point being his heir apparent. Well guess what? It all came out anyway. Probably the biggest mistake came before any of this — letting Paterno become bigger than the school. If that wasn’t the case, this would have been resolved ages ago.

    • Pop Fly Boys says:

      The first comment was from Jeremy so now coming from the other half of PFBs…I actually disagree with you that this is about Paterno’s ego. I think that Ivan Maisel of ESPN nailed this when he said that this is really about JoePa understanding of how things work in the 21st century. I have no doubts that his reaction to this scandal when he first got news in 2002, well before the current social media age we live in now, was colored by his upbringing as an Italian American growing up in a time where things like this were handled quietly and privately. I’m not judging whether that approach was right or wrong, it simply was what it was. I don’t think it’s fair to say that Paterno took the allegations lightly, he just wasn’t aware that in this day and age, an act this egregious can not simply be swept under the rug. I honestly don’t think he gave any thought to this affecting his personal legacy and he probably truly believes he’s doing the right thing by standing by his team through the remainder of the season.

      • Sawley says:

        Nowhere did I say it was his ego at play here. I said his legacy. Big difference. Second, that argument that JoePa is out of touch with this century doesn’t hold water. At the very least he was told a grown man was found naked in the shower with a young boy. That’s unacceptable no matter what generation you’re from. And if he truly thought it should be handled privately, that too was his mistake and he should be held accountable for it.

  4. As you know from reading my blog http://mschuettblahblahblah.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/joe-paterno-has-forfeited-the-right-to-retire-he-needs-to-be-fired/ I agree JoePa has to go. But it shouldn’t be his decision. yes, his immediate resignation would be better than what’s currently taking place, his voluntary reitrement at the end of what has already begun as an 8-1 football season. He needs to be fired. He needs to feel the sting of the consequences of his actions, or inaction to be specific.

  5. David Casarez says:

    This is unreal. How can he justify not leaving now?



  6. kazekitty says:

    Such arrogance! It’s astounding! If they let him stay on til the end, it will NOT look good. I promise you this. That he even dared to think that he should be able to retire on his own terms with grace is so absolutely appalling. I dig this post. I’m impressed because it isn’t as angry as mine! And you covered things I didn’t so the circle is now complete.

  7. imullins89 says:

    Amazing post my friend and I 100% agree with you on this. I would lose my job just to save one or many child life that would been taken by this predator. Sadly this coach care about the money than a child’s life.

  8. Tommy Smith says:

    Real good stuff Chris… You hit the nail squarely on the head when you point out that Paterno shows little or no remorse for what he has doen by trying to still go out a winner or at least on his terms. Like one of my many leaders, the great Lee Corso says, “Not so fast my friend!” It’s time to go Joe… It is just such a shame it has to end this way for such a proud university.

    Tommy Smith

  9. Well said, Chris. You nailed it on the head. I hope that we all learn some valuable lessons from this and make institutional and social changes to avoid these types of tragedies moving forward.

  10. I agree, as I state in my article http://officialmagicpg.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/joe-paterno-fired/ “I find this to be truly ridiculous. People are chanting words of support for Joe Paterno? Are you kidding me? That’s like an elderly driver hitting a pedestrian, getting scared and not telling anyone, only to have the issue be raised later on and decide to stop driving and give up his license to the state. Then on top of all that, have a bunch of people petition that he be able to drive again.”

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  12. “JoePa only lost sleep because he was thinking about his tarnished legacy.”

    That’s says it all.

    I didn’t realize Penn State was doing so well this year. That certainly explains Paterno not wanting to step down until the end of the season. But did he think he would be going to a bowl game with all of this hanging over the program? Wow, that’s hubris.

    Great post.

  13. djdoleak says:

    Man dope writing kid….We should do some cross promotion for our sites kid…Holla back at me kid..You told me to check out your website and i like it a lot. Peace and God Bless DJ Doleak

  14. Its a sick and sad end for a man who was highly respected and revered. His legacy is most certainly tarnished and the damage to the program is near irreparable. You can check my article on the situation where I interviewed a former alumn of Penn State and gathered his thoughts on the whole thing. As ususual Chris great piece.

  15. Fantastic post Chris once again. The thing I hated most about JoePa’s exit is how he was selfish in not resigning immediately. You can be at one program for almost half a century, but with this scandal, and JoePa knowing all about it, I’m disappointed he didn’t step down earlier. Selfish move. Also, I’m glad he was fired today, and the decision to stay on for the rest of the season was a costly one.

  16. Totally agree, the guy could have helped stop this in 2002, but put football over the innocence of young boys. Glad they didn’t let Paterno do things on his terms.

  17. tophatal says:

    Joe Paterno is an ass ! Spanier , Curley and Schultz are so reprehensible in terms of their actions that they ought to be punished with impunity to the full extent of the law ! As for Jerry Sandusky I’m sure that there’ll be a cellmate within the state prison system who can’t wait to show him a real good time ! It will give a new meaning to ” taking a ride along” the Hershey Highway ! Jerry Sandusky soon to be a prison bi_ch being passed around like chocolate candy by the inmates .

    As for the dumb a_s PSU students ……….well their support of the disgraced coach shows their naivete’ and sheer stupidity ! .

    tophatal …..

  18. norcalvol says:

    Paterno’s comment about hindsight… It is interesting that he didn’t say “if I had known more…”. he said “in hindsight.” this implies he knew exactly what went on. It also implies that Curley (the AD) also was told exactly what went on.
    Pattero is not the biggest problem here, but is was the symbol of PSU… He was PSU and thus had to go down in the way he didn’t want to leave.

    Good luck in your budding career as a writer. Good stuff.

  19. Bonez says:

    What they need to do is forfiet these damn wins and give my coach Bobby Bowden his just due… FSU for life..

  20. I don’t think there’s any arguing the administration did the right thing by calling Paterno’s season short.

    • JW says:

      I agree Paterno had to go, but I’m really starting to tire of the self-appointed moralists and the knee-jerk reacting that’s going on here. Humphries, I know you read my piece on this situation, so you know what I mean by that. The long story short is that there are some serious complexities in this situation that need to be understood before the “moral absolutes” start getting tossed around.

      • Chris Ross says:

        Very true too. I think I always have a problem in these situations when people start sending death threats the way of the people like Sandusky or Mcqueary. It’s amazing that people can think they are so much better than someone yet send death threats their way. Do they not understand how contradictory that message is?

  21. chappy81 says:

    I’m not sure why, but for some reason I could care less about whether Paterno coached the rest of the year or not. I’d rather hear why he made the choices he did, which in the end, we probably will never “truly” hear what he thinks. Everything about this makes me wonder how much worse collegiate athletics is than the pros…

  22. brief22 says:

    This whole situation at PSU is a complete shame, nobody did the right thing, and sadly Paterno must go.

  23. Great article Chris. Enjoyed reading your thoughts and you seem to be on target. Thanks for sharing. I’m very disappointed in Paterno (and of course) Sandusky….and feel like I shouldn’t be surprised. When I was in college, football, (or “the money machine”) as it was called on campus played by very different rules than the rest of us. That was 35 years ago. Seems times haven’t changed much. I shouldn’t be surprised at all this, yet still very tragic (for the kids).


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