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Should Joe Paterno have been fired?

Updated on November 10, 2011

I say no!

First, let me say that sexual abuse is an awful crime and is always inexcusable! However, that is not what I am writing about.

Joe Paterno has dedicated over 60 years of his life to Penn State University. As their football coach, and the coach with the most wins in NCAA history, Joe Paterno has attracted money, attention, and outstanding talent. Though he had been the foundation stone of Penn State athletics, Joe Paterno was fired Tuesday, November 9,2011.

I want to make it clear that I have never liked Joe Paterno because I am a die hard Syracuse Orange fan, and I never liked the way we complained when other schools would run up the score on his team, though he would do it, and I can't stand when a coach whines about not getting to the bowl game he wanted to. However, anyone should be able to see how Jo Pa (his nick name) made this University what it is, and that the responsibility to handle a scandal at Penn State was not his! The President was and should have been fired, but not Coach Paterno!

Many in the media are stating that Jo Pa was protecting his friend and should be fired. That is absurd! Totally absurd! He reported this man, and was clearly not protecting him!

Joe Paterno knew of a sexual abuse case and reported it to his superior. The university is firing him right before the final home game of his 61 year career for not doing more. What? How cruel do you have to be to fire a man that has served you in an outstanding way, right after he announces his retirement? Very, in my humble opinion. Joe should and could have done more, but the one who should be gone is the superior that never passed on Joe's report! This was personal, because and assistant (who I will not name) will be on the side line this coming Saturday against Nebraska. He is just as guilty as Paterno. I can not back the university on this, nor will I feel bad for them when the players refuse to take the field this weekend, and the fans boycott and ask for their money back. I hope that this does not destroy Jo Pa emotionally or otherwise!

None the less, a hall of fame coach leaves today with a pink slip and a slap in the face, rather than a parade, an award, and a gigantic ceremony like he deserves!


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    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Jami, I am sorry to hear about your past, BUT I do not allow comments like that on my hubs! Your facts are false and the language is unacceptable.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I always like it when someone claiming to know a celeb. on my blog backs it up. So, how do you know coach P?

      Next, He was there 61 years and knew the policies and procedures better than you and I do.Plus, how old is he? He went to his superior as he should have. He is not the president or even the A.D. Firing and calling the police was his boss's job, not his.He did at least what his responsibility was. There are times on my jobs that I could have done more. I learn from it without being terminated. Joe is a living legend, but he is still only a person.

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      Suzette Walker 

      9 years ago from Taos, NM

      Sorry, I can't agree with you. Joe Paterno deserves no cheers or accolates. He is morally AND legally responsible for firing Sandusky at the time this happened. At the least he should have suspended Sandusky pending an investigatioon. Paterno was head coach and he is responsible for the hiring and firing of his coaches. He had a legal and moral responsibility to do something at the time. I have strong ties to Penn State and know Joe Paterno personally. Sorry, but JoePa fumbled the ball on this one.


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