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The Failure of Penn State University

Updated on August 1, 2013
  • "This program was not just built by one man, and this program sure as hell! is not going to be torn down by one man...this program was built by the Alumni and every single player that came before us...it was built on their backs...(and we're going to save it!)", Penn State Senior, Michael Mauti

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Imagine you’ve schedule a job interview. You’re enormously qualified for the job and your resume speaks for itself. The person that’s interviewing you has to be impress, right?, then…

while you seat there ready to ask “…How soon can I start?”…here comes the slap on the face question,

“…I see in your resume that you’re a Penn State Alumni…So, what’s the latest on that Sandusky thing?”

Great! You said to yourself…(*)#%*ing Jerry Sandusky!

That’s what Sandusky’s name has done to Penn State University. It has destroyed it’s reputation.

Make no mistake, Joe Paterno died of a broken heart.

He was an architect that designed and built beautiful buildings his entire life, but will always be remembered for the one building that collapsed.

The child molesting scandal will affect everybody involved with Penn State for years to come. The stain of it will follow the victims, the alumni, current and future students alike for a long, long time.

It does not matter who’s finally blame because at the end, the scandal affected everyone. Paterno spend his entire life building and nurturing a Division I program which was second to none in the nation and Sandusky threw dirt on his life’s work.

Penn State University said it all in a statement when they removed Paterno’s statue, “ (it) has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing.” “I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse,”

The University was determined to fix the huge public black eye the scandal had become.

Endowments, buildings, statues and awards were all being changed or removed, it was clear that Penn State wanted the name Joe Paterno totally erased from their family tree…the man who protected the predator, Jerry Sandusky.

Former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Louis Freeh had laid it all out on a detailed criminal report for the entire nation to see and it became 2012′s Biggest Scandal…Complete & Total Institutional Failure!

Joe Paterno and others had conspired to hide evidences of crimes and they also allowed the criminal, Jerry Sandusky, to continue his despicable pedophile behavior for years without any fear of punishment, while they and Penn State University financially prospered.

Current students and Alumni were equally outraged…human beings had been brutalized for years! and Joe Paterno and his Football Program just ignore it and continued to benefit financially for all those years, while ongoing crimes were being committed.

Paterno thought generating revenue from winning games, going to a Bowl or playing on Television was far more important than to protect the rights of innocent human beings.

Joe Paterno even tried to justify his non-actions just about the time the Scandal was about to break out, ‘’I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can,’’ ‘’This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.’’

The Legend was way in over his head, if he was under the impression that the media army camping out in front of his house was going to throw softball questions at him and just give him a pass.

So, The Board Directors fired the legendary Coach immediately. A telephone call and it was over, just like that…a burn down reputation in ashes and a legacy in ruins.

…(*)#%*ing Jerry Sandusky!

Written By: The Voice of One!
Julio E. Olmo, Sr. Follow @jeolmoz2


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    • Attikos profile image

      Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

      The NCAA is fining the university about one year's profits from the program, then it's back to business and big money as usual. Big deal. Sandusky is going to prison, probably for the rest of his natural and already elderly life, but no one else will. All this exposure will give a moment of emotional satisfaction to people who take personal delight in schadenfreude of public humiliation of others, but it will go no further. So, where is that justice you mention?

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      U Rite...after years n years of nothing it doesn't seem like enough

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      S.Graveson 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Seems like they are punishing the wrong people.

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      David 4 years ago from Florida

      They shouldn't be punishing the kids that go to that school. The leaders that knew and did nothing should go to jail just like we are seeing in the Catholic church but it's wrong for the NCAA to be handing down criminal justice. It's a matter for the courts to decide, it really had nothing to do with their school programs only some of it's personnel.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      There was this "Culture of Silence" that had to be dismantle

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      @ShootersCenter Point's somebody ( anybody) had to do something. All Penn State University has done so far is remove a statute and fired some people that were facing criminal charges anyway...so two moves in years of abuse vs children? Doesn't sound fair!, and they only acted because it's all over the news and due to public opinion

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      @S.Graveson The children abused were the first punished wrong people, how much longer they had wait to get any justice

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      Peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina

      This whole story is such a sad situation. Sad that children were hurt, sad that adults did nothing, sad that football was more important than helping children, and sad that so many stuck up for and continue to stick up for people who were horrible in their actions!

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Very sad indeed...there are those continue defend Penn State & Joe Paterno and feel penalties are too harsh...well...How about the harsh reality that Joe Paterno & Penn State allowed a predator like Jerry Sandusky to continue molest children because they didn't want bad publicity...guess they're paying for it now!

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      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Who enabled Jerry Sandusky, the nut case, who will die in jail?

      1. Joe Paterno. He’s dead.

      2. PSU Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley, both of whom will likely be doing hard time for perjury. And PSU President Graham Spanier who also may go to jail. Maybe not. In any event, his career and reputation are ruined.

      3. Back in 1998, the District Attorney, Department of Public Welfare, Children Services, and police investigators copped out (no pun intended). In reviewing the documents from back then, many conclude charges should have been filed against Sandusky. If they had been, the rest of this tragedy likely would have not happened.

      4. The parents of the victims. With a few exceptions. Your child is being sexually abused over a long period of time, and you have no clue?

      5. Sandusky’s wife and other close family members.

      6. The media. They were able to figure out Tiger Woods was doing a bunch of hot babes. Why couldn’t they figure out Jerry Sandusky was doing a bunch of young boys for years and years?

      7. Penn State students and alumni. NOT. PSU will pay out far more in civil lawsuits than what the NCAA billed them for, and this cost will to some extent be borne by the students, alumni, and taxpayers.

      Anybody with a brain bigger than a pea can figure this one out. There’s plenty of blame to be passed around, but PSU students and alumni don’t deserve any of it.

      The NCAA is a kangaroo court.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      I might be wrong, but Did Penn State do anything besides take. Paterno's statute down & fired people that were facing criminal charges anyway?

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      This goes back to 1998? Wow!

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      @BLACKANDGOLDJACK Good info!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Amen! I agree with what you have written.

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      S.Graveson 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      @ jeolmoz2 Yes the children were abused originally, that's not my point though. But now the current children are being punished, not just the staff that had enabled the behavior. Those who did wrong should be punished, not the kids who are now going there, not the kids who options have now been limited, not the kids who won trophies, not the local area who will have been hit.

      The culprits should be punished and those that allowed them to do what they did.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thank you all for taking the time to read and for your comments

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thank you for your honesty...this is an unprecedented scandal and has stir many, many passionate comments and want to thank everyone for taking the time to leave these comments

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      Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I am still trying to figure out how the kids currently at Penn St. are suffering at this point. I think that Penn St. is still one of the better institution in the counrty of higher learning. The current kids have not been limited access or opportunity to earn an education and better their lives. The children that Sandusky molested will forever have memories of the horror of what was done to them on the campus of the university of Penn State. I am sadden by the tradgy that has unfolded with the University of Penn St. the last couple months but wrong is wrong and there is no statue of limitation on the henoius acts that where commited by Sandusky and simply sweep under the rug to preserve the reputation of the university and the legacy of Joe

      Paterno.

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      S.Graveson 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Current students who play football cannot reach the post season due to the punishment handed out by the NCAA which is punishing current students. The future students may think twice about going there as a result of the 4 year ban. The students that signed for the coming year are either going with out the chance to play in the post season or are going to choose to not go to Penn State, with most scholarships around the country already filled they are likely going to have to pay if they want to end up in a school capable of playing in the post season.

      And that's with out mentioning 40 less students will be able to get scholarships from Penn State over the coming years. Those 40 students are being punished as a result of the NCAA's decision.

      Their education may not have been effected but their potential careers have been.

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      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      On Nov. 9, 2011, Joe Paterno announced his retirement and stated, “I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

      Joe Paterno could have done more. He said so. So could have many other people not associated with Penn State.

      Joe Paterno did not commit any crimes. He did not attempt to cover up anything. That is my tentative conclusion after reviewing the grand jury testimony, the Freeh Report, and whatever other evidence I can find.

      I say “tentative” because there may be more to the story than currently meets the eye. We apparently are going to have some perjury trials, and we may get to the bottom of some more of this. Civil trials may also offer some revelations.

      We don't know for sure if others at Penn State covered up anything, yet. We can suspect they did because the grand jury report indicated that Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schulz were not credible witnesses. Why weren't they credible witnesses so said the grand jury report? The best I can determine is that it is because their testimony conflicted with Mike McQuery's.

      Talk about a rush to judgement and feeding frenzy.

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      Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I understand what you are saying and I agree that they where not there when these incidents happened but unfornately they are caught in the cross fire and its hard for me to have a lot of sympathy for those students that are currently there now. Who knows if this came out in 1998 or later they may have changed their mind about attending the University of Penn St. The cover up allowed Penn St. to maintain a prestine image and remain on a pedastal of morality. I always had a lot of respect for the Universtiy of Penn St. and I hate to witness one of the most storied college football programs in history witness this kind of fate but it could have been avoided if someone stepped up to the plate. The current players and students will rise above this situation without mental anguish. The kids that had contact with Sandusky will not and that pain will last longer than scholarships bans and bowl appearances.

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      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Let me ask you a question, Wendell.

      Did Jerry Sandusky abuse children in places other than Penn State?

      And another question:

      What proof is there about a cover up?

      And another question:

      The victims of the Sandusky child abuse are going to collect millions of dollars. What about most of the other victims of child abuse? What do they collect?

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      Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Great question, I am sure that Penn St was not the only place, but it was the most prominent place. There are many questions to be answered and it is just the tip of the iceberg of what potentially is to come. Hopefully there will be some daylight at the end of the tunnel for the State College but it has been looking bleak. I understand your frustation and I would be equally as frustated with my beloved University as well.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree that the NCAA- having heard anything should have said something but like you said the number one culprit in this whole scheme was money. And the focus was completely turned away from the educational aspect of anything. Penn State still needs to preserve its reputation in that regard but in general it only takes one scandal to destroy a great institution. Great hub!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I think the reputation of Penn State University will never be the same, as Alecia pointed out. Money can motivate evil if it is allowed to. Good luck to the university that took so long to build......it'll need "restoration"!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Penn State will most likely have a tarnished image from here on out. The scandal mentally affected many and the justice that followed was not enough to cover the tracks of the administration. Sad that this story is common in our world -- wish we didn't have to deal with any of this abuse.

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      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      First, apologies to Alecia and midget38 for not responding to your comments. I didn't know they were on here.

      I don't disagree with anything that you two or teaches12345 said.

      My main issue here is that Penn State (to include students who had nothing to do with it) took the brunt of the blame and the punishment while there are others who have avoided fingers being pointed at them. And fingers should be pointed at them, particularly at those in government who played a role in this tragic fiasco. And at the NCAA for totally screwing up.

      Yesterday the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, announced he is filing a suit against the NCAA in federal court over the sanctions against Penn State.

      Also, we have criminal cases pending against the former Penn State bigwigs involved in the alleged coverup.

      There is a whole lot more to this story yet to be told.

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      Tailynn 2 years ago

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