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The Big Ten Has Piled On Some Punishment Of Its Own For Penn State.

The sanctions handed down this morning by the NCAA are not all there is for Penn State. The Big Ten has now tacked on its own penalties: Penn State will not be getting any of the conference’s bowl revenue for the next four years, an amount estimated to total $13 million. That money will instead go to “established charitable organizations in Big Ten communities dedicated to the protection of children.” Also, Penn State will be ineligible for the Big Ten championship game for the next four seasons.

More fittingly, Joe Paterno’s puppet coachhood from 1998 to 2011 no longer exists.  I guess he was “retroactively retired.”

Paterno Family backspin was immediate and delusional as always:

The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.

Hey Paterno family:  That is exactly the point.  YOU (and your PR firm) do not get to define his legacy.  He fucked up.  Vacating his wins since 1998?  That is karmic justice, because he has not been a real coach since then.  For the last 10 years at least, PSU has blatantly protected the falsehood of Joe as coach, or indulged him in doing so, because 409 was withing reach.  Guess what, bitches.  Joe is back to no. 12 and Eddie Robinson is No. 1, right about where things shoud be.

Joe Paterno
Hang your head, coach

In today’s bit of Irony, the PSU president said this:

I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. 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.

In other words, the moral failing of turning a blind eye to horrific crimes for the good of the image, the legend and the program will be publicly punished by hiding this visible reminder in a closet in the bowels of a dank stadium, out of sight and out of mind, for the good of the program.

from Hall of Fame to Walk of Shame

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.

I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

That’s why 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.

My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.

Joe Paterno November 9, 2011

The amended contract, which was reported on by The Associated Press in April, included a $3 million career bonus if Paterno retired at the end of the 2011 season.

Joe, you unspeakable, craven bastard.  You saw the writing on the wall, wrote a golden parachute and tried to cash in until the end.  Your “sacrifice” and efforts to facilitate the Trustees was complete bullshit.  You wanted the payday.  The one thing Penn State did right is to say, “fuck you, Joe.  Get out.”  Unfortunately, based on the whole payola business with Sandusky, it was probably more about allocating assets for settlements than about standing on principle

I am on record as not a fan of pressbox coaching and calling for Joe Paterno to step down.  He’s fired and dead now, but neither brings any joy.  The Freeh report basically says that the worst possible facts are the ones that are true.  Penn State knew.  Joe knew.  They protected the program.  They covered for the criminal.  They avoided disclosure, and put the fear of Joe into the potential whistleblowers.

Freeh Report: Joe Paterno, Penn State ‘Failed To Protect’ Children – SBNation.com.

Basically, nobody did what they should have done to stop Sandusky from abusing children and to ensure justice was delivered. Former head coach Joe Paterno, former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and and former vice president Gary Schultz are all named repeatedly and damningly, as “four of the most powerful people at Pennsylvania State University” who “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”

According to Freeh, Paterno and the others knew about the 1998 investigation into Sandusky, and didn’t do anything even when told by Mike McQueary in 2001 that Sandusky had struck again.

Paterno Enabler

Leave the statue up.  Not to honor the man, but so that Penn Staters never forget their idol’s colossal failures as a human, and their own institutional arrogance in bestowing honors on a gym coach that are ordinarily reserved for soldiers or other heros who’ve left us.  This is Penn State’s Michael Jackson tattoo, its 12 year old son named Favre Vick Bonds.  You’re stuck with it now.  Use it to brings some good out of this.

Zombie Overlord
I, for one, welcome our new Zombie Overlord

Fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno dead at 85 – Yahoo! News.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday. He was 85.

moments after stepping on his own dick every day since 2002

Penn State trustees fire Joe Paterno, president Graham Spanier amid scandal – NCAA Football – SI.com.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno was fired by the Penn State board of trustees Wednesday night despite saying he would retire as coach after the football season ended, brought down by the growing furor over the handling of child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

Penn State President Graham Spanier was also ousted.

“I am disappointed with the board of trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it,” the 84-year-old Paterno said in a statement. “A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed.”

Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, learned of the board’s decision at the end of a day that began with his decision to finish out his 46th season and leave.

It was not to be.

Sorry Joe.  You don’t get to write your own final chapter, or script your ride into the sunset.  You lost that chance sometime between 1998 and 2002 and every day since.  Life is bigger than football and even bigger than you.

i have spent a lot of bandwidth joking about your age and fragility.  Well, that’s done. The facade is down.  You’re as craven and cynical as the next guy.

You fucked up Joe.  You could have had an Elway exit from the game.  Instead, it’s some combination of Nixon and Favre.  Instead of wishing you godspeed and good luck, it’s more like good riddance.  Pater? No.

If Jerry Sandusky allegations are true, Penn State and Joe Paterno deserve part of the blame – The Washington Post.

According to the attorney general’s office, in 2002 a graduate student assistant went to Paterno’s home the day after he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the shower late at night at Lasch Football Building on the Penn State campus. Paterno told Curley the next day.

About 10 days after the incident, Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant who had witnessed the abuse. Their executive action, according to the grand jury report: They told Sandusky that he could not bring any children from his foundation into the football building any more.

No one from Penn State — not Paterno, not the human neckties, no one — ever reported the alleged incident to law enforcement, which the grand jury report says is required under Pennsylvania law

Disconnectedly wandering along the sidelines during football games, muttering to yourself about all “those goddamned kids on my lawn” is not, strictly speaking, “coaching.”  Tell the truth.  You’re just waiting to stick a straw into one of those concussed players.  It’s like Ensure for Zombies when their brains get all shook up and mushy.

Joe Paterno: PSU Wave Coach (Stop laughing, #92)

Joe Paterno plans to coach Penn State in 2011

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