You can say you have all the jurisdiction in the world, but if you don't specifically cite where, why, and how, and instead opt for the colorfully strong language of depravity, you are no less worse than they, Mr. Emmert. What a fool.Despite that, it's strangely merciful, in a way.
Hope it was worth it, Joe.
Especially glad the athletes get some clean "outs" from this if they want.
I couldn't agree more with your assessment.
If anyone questioned who ran the university, go back to about 2003-04.
The football team had slipped into mediocrity, and there were numerous incidents relating to players with discipline / criminal problems.
Paterno was pushing 80, and things weren't looking to good. Quite a few boosters were realizing that the time was coming to replace Paterno.
There was a JOEMUSTGO web site.
Spanier and a few others went to Paterno's house to either ask for his resignation, or announce that he would "calll it a day" after maybe one more season.
Joe told them all to take a hike.
So they did. Apparently unwilling to create a scene.
Yup. He got a contract extension for a couple of years during that '03-'04 downturn, and the way Curley and Spanier shied away from the conversation of why, it seemed like they were too concerned about their own legacies, not being "the men who took out Paterno," than being the men who had a job and responsibilities therein.
Now, it seems like there were other reasons.
Nobody on the coaching staff was even relieved of duty. In fact, they hired an additional offensive coach, Galen Hall, to it!
...and Spanier renewed Paterno's contract a few more times until ironically he broke Robinson's record just before the **** hit the fan.
...and that convenience will hopefully free Pennsylvania of its sociopath of a "governor."
This is the way it is at so many big-time football schools. The hierarchy at these institutions has gotten perverted by the millions of dollars tied to the success and failure
of these programs.
It takes a lot of courage for a college president to take on a popular coach...
Myles Brand (Indiana) firing Bobby Knight.
Some years ago the new female president at U of Cincinnati let Bob Huggins know from Day 1 that she was in charge.
Not sure if she had a chip on her shoulder, but that soon came to a head with his dismissal.
The College President (reporting to the BOT) SHOULD be the main person in charge. Period.
If a conversation can be had about how true it is that a college's athletics be run by its respective institution's president and NOT as an independently functioning private enterprise as is so popular today, it would be a blessing. But I suspect it won't.
At Penn State, this wasn't its first "flub" in such matters. Remember, they didn't handle the women's basketball issue with much class or regard to those affected. They allowed the coach to resign with dignity, and I believe they didn't get such backlash they were due because it was a liberal issue in a conservative environment.