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How can Penn State University restore its reputation?
November 10th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

How can Penn State University restore its reputation?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Penn State is having its own Catholic Church moment.

The university has been rocked to its core by the child sex abuse scandal.

A scandal that escalated because those in power seemingly either looked the other way or helped cover up what was going on in order to protect one of their own.

The legendary football coach Joe Paterno was told back in 2002 that a graduate assistant had seen his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, rape a young boy in a shower at the football complex. Paterno told his boss, which was apparently all that the law required, but he didn't tell the police.

According to grand jury testimony, Sandusky allegedly fondled and had oral and anal sex with boys for at least 15 years. Fifteen years! And Penn State officials could have stopped it nine years ago.

The university's board is cleaning house, as well they should. They fired Paterno and the school's president, Graham Spanier.

Paterno had wanted to coach the team's last home game of the season Saturday and then resign after the football season ended. You have to give credit to the Penn State board for saying: You're not resigning, you're not retiring, you're fired - get out!

As for the hundreds of Penn State students who rioted on the campus Wednesday night - they ought to be kicked out of school. How dare they act like this because they like a football coach?

These punks are not intellectually equipped to attend an institution of higher learning. How would they feel if it was their little brother who was raped? Their behavior is disgusting and a testament to the outsized role sports plays in American society.

Granted, this is a sad way for the winningest coach in major college football to end a storied career.

But it didn't have to end this way. Joe Paterno himself could have prevented it by applying the same life lessons he preached to his players for 46 years to himself.

Here’s my question to you: How can Penn State University restore its reputation?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Tom

    By playing some fierce football and by being the college national football champions this year.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  2. Frances

    It will be difficult and take a long time. Everyone involved in this horrible case of child abuse should be fired immediately. Brought up on charges, all facts brought out in a court of law. And due punishment metted out. It is hard to believe that the person who saw the rape happening did not call the police right then, after breaking it up and taken that little boy into protective custody. The head people he reported it to did nothing. No one did anything. They put football and money over children. They left these monsters there to abuse more children. Just like the priests scandal. No difference. I am so angry that after writing this I believe their football program should be closed down.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  3. Loretta M. Raven

    Joe Paterno MUST give a step by step explanation of what he actually did after the incident was reported to him. He must also explain WHY he never followed up to see if something was done and he must also explain why Sandusky was not immediately fired. Joe Pa has to tell everything or this cloud will hang around him and Penn State forever.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  4. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    It's going to be very difficult for them and take a decade or more although they've made a pretty good start. A few losing football seasons would help a lot.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  5. Ken in Seattle

    The stigma of having knowingly allowed a pedophile to continue to molest children is something it will take many, many years to overcome. Firing absolutely everyone who had knowledge and failed to act is a good and necessary start, and something that needs to happen immediately. Starting with the individual who witnessed an act of molestation, walked away, made a conscious decision not to report it to the police and waited until the next day to even tell Penn State officials. Followed by not contesting any of the inevitable and justified civil suits that are about to be filed. Only after all of this can there be any hope, however slim, that Penn State can someday in the distant future regain a semblance of it's past reputation.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: The only thing that will restore Penn States reputation is time. During this restoration period, Penn State, must do the right thing in the communities it serves, do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, obey all NCAA rules, and things which need to be reported to the police are reported. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes, and only Penn State can learn from these mistakes. The State of Pennslyvania needs to remember forgiveness is better than hate or revenge.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  7. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Let time pass and keep firing people. This goes beyond Penn State to the local cops, who also knew but did nothing.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  8. Greg in Arkansas

    First, fire anyone AND everyone that knew about the abuse but did not contact the police....
    Second, cooperate with the investigation...
    Third, think of the victims...and by victims, I mean the young boys, NOT the university, the staff or the athletic departments....
    Then and only then can they start to rebuild their reputation by showing that no one, not even a football coach or the pope gets a "pass" when it involves child abuse.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Steve Newman

    Of course they can. There were eight men involved who did not notify the police (seven employed by Penn State and McQueary's father). Maybe if there were more women in authority at Penn State this never would have happened. Also, they need to review their protocols so everyone is aware of what is reported up the chain of command and what goes directly to the police (no matter who the perp. is.)

    November 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  10. Rick Martin, Charlottesville VA

    As difficult as it was ... last night the board did the right thing to move the University forward. Now, free from his duties of coaching, PSU must let their legendary coach assist them in repairing the damage. Let JoPa reach out to the families, and the comunity ... let him become their best asset in repairing the damage done.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  11. Pete in Georgia

    I would guess 99.9% of the people demonizing Penn State know ZERO details of what has happened there behind closed doors. Until we do know more we should quit piling on and furthering the latest American sport of destroying people we know nothing about.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  12. Tom in Desoto, TX

    The university is more than a decade late in taking action. At least they didn't try to retain the powers that be. It's despicable. How will Paterno's children and grandchildren look at him knowing that they could have been in the same position and that grandpa did nothing? How can Paterno look at his children and grandchildren. He's despicable. Don't tell me he's 84 years old.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  13. Beth (NJ)

    e-thos: noun. the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; the moral element that determines an individual's action rather than his or her thought or emotion.

    A graduate student walked in on the rape of a small boy but had no instinct or impulse to help that child. Instead, he did nothing to stop the child's torture, opting to just tell the coach about it the next day. Next, the coach (a father himself) hears firsthand of the rape of a child by one of his coaches in his team facility but has no outrage or fury. He simply followed procedure to report the incident up the chain - not even upset enough to follow up and make sure it was at least reported to police. Higher ups hear from the coach, but never report the crime. The crimes are reported on TV, and a good number of students don't seem to register the story outside of the context of what it means to the university, the football program and/or the coach. What on Earth is going on there?

    The horror of the allegations of abuse at Penn State are sickening. And the reaction at the school (both when it was happening and now) is extremely disturbing. It's demagoguery in its worst form: the elevation of a school, football program, and/or coach above anything else, even the suffering of children.

    Now that the curtain behind the rally cry has been pulled back and we have seen the value system at Penn State in action, I would argue that there is nothing to "restore." Rather, they need to start over. The “glory of Penn State” is not an ethos. No more hype or hubris... try values, character and courage. If I was a parent of a Penn State student, I would be quite concerned...

    November 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Jk from Minnesota

    A start would be to fire anyone who had any proven knowledge of Sandusky's actions and didn't go to law enforcement to stop it and apologize publically for any harm the university's silence caused the victims. It's a sad state of America's priorities when such activity is hushed up because it might hurt a sports program – or "big busines" in the university world.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  15. Brad, Portland, OR

    They need to shut down the football program and go back to concentrating on academics.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  16. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl start advertising they are a "catholic only" college then give free scholarships to illegal aliens. both groups tend to let that sort of behavior slide.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  17. Ed from California

    I don't know if it can. All involved should, but won't, get life sentences in the toughest Prisons on Earth for the horror these children are going through today and for the rest of their lives. Also, Penn st, the State of Pennsylvania...get out your checkbook....

    November 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  18. Larry -Denver

    First steps- clean house, any and all who have had prior knowledge. Secondly perhaps a new course has to be offered for new students- regarding social responsibility for students, professors and staff. No one department is greater than the University. Time everyone knows that football is not the end all. It will takes years to restore the reputation, perhaps no sports for 5 years would help.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  19. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Penn State almost pulled this off in a righteous way! They fired Paterno and the university president, but what about the guy who witnessed the rape in 2002? That guy, McQueary, will be on the field this Saturday. He should have dialed 9-1-1 before Paterno!

    Rick,
    Medina,OH

    November 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  20. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Why in God's name is their reputation tarnished? As far as I can see their reputation as a student body and excellent school of higher learning is intact and is what they are really about.

    We have got to stop as a culture judging through assumption, we do this in every aspect of our society. You nor I know what has really happened, yet we are so quick to condemn everyone and everything, are we that full of fear and our own shame that we must judge the virtues of an entire university?

    Tell the twenty year old co-ed sitting in her literature class how she should be ashamed, tell the 19 year old young man going to his biology class he should be ashamed, or maybe we should also condemn and shame the many researchers, professors, graduate assistants and the like, and even all their departments housed at Penn State because of this.

    Blame and condemnation is nothing but trying to transfer our own shame onto others.

    We've really got to stop doing this. Let's try something different, reaching out to see how we can help.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  21. Loren

    It can't, it's board of trustees has shown that it was lacked institutional control over its football program and nothing it can will will remove the scar. The problem though is not confined to Penn State but infects every segment of society globally. So long as economic interest is valued more than moral integruty, we will never rid our world of the problems that infect us.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    How do you restore a "reputation" you obviously never had. You can't. How can these abused kids be fixed? They can't. My heart goes out to all the abused boys and their families, who will carry this for the rest of their lives. We've got some really screwed up priorities. Money over people is where this country has gone, and it's disgusting. I'm disgusted.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  23. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The University is as sound to day as it was yesterday. The problem is the administration not the school. My opinion of what occurred is that those in power feared what would happen to enrollment, reputation and public opinion if these children's sexual assault leaked out. They put their own personal status and carriers first and said to hell with the little boys that were abused by one of their own administrators. A person who was put in a position of public trust and who failed miserably at it. Instead of confronting the problem and doing the right thing they buried it under the carpet which allowed more sexual assaults to occur. Unfortunately all that is going to happen now is monetary settlements but those children's lives will never be the same. Never.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  24. David from Herndon, VA

    It's just going to take time. The board of trustees made a good decision to fire some people - I'd hate to see the personal failings of that coaching staff destroy the reputation of an entire school.

    Clean house - get rid of everybody who had a part in it, or who failed to report it. Then move forward.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Eve of Texas

    Thank God the Board fired the ones at the top. Having been a professor for decades, I've seen universities conceal crimes committed against students/faculty and castigate those who try to stop it; and, it's typically the ones at the bottom who are punished. I applaude the board because, against all odds, they are punishing the ones who could have saved the children. That will restore their reputation quicker than the cowardly institutions who have protected the perpetrator. Take that, Catholic leaders. Eve Lemon, London Texas

    November 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  26. Dennis in Florida

    PSU doesn’t have to restore its reputation.

    There are over 30,000 people on the PSU campus and probably over 250,000 people alive that have been associated with the University. The actions of a small group of people can cause a media sensation, but realistically they do not destroy the reputation of the university. Do you believe that any degree at any level earned by a PSU graduate has less value today than it did a month ago, or that the accomplishments of those former students are diminished by the actions of a few morally corrupt people?

    November 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  27. Kirk (Apple Valley)

    It won't take much. People's memories only last until the start of next college football season. Or maybe just until March Madness.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  28. Doug Ericson

    Penn State could donate a large percentage of their football programs profits to Shelters for Homeless Veterans, and food kitchens for the poor, for as long as the football program exist. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  29. Ken Victoria BC

    Well, I guess this university has done the correct thing. Removing those responsible by firing them is best.Time will erase this problem and will be an example to others to move quickly. Good luck to the victims.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  30. Kenneth in California

    Like the church, sit tight and wait on the public's short attention span.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  31. Jim

    Jack,

    Penn State needed to make it clear, with fast and uncompromising action, that neither such deeds nor such coverups would be tolerated. I think they've gotten their message across. The coverup is almost as disturbing as the alleged abuse. I hope that the Board's actions will alert all faculties everywhere that there is no tolerance for such behavior.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    November 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  32. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Jack, This is the saddest news story, I've encounter in a while. It looks as though Penn State is taking the right steps by firing all of those that did nothing for years and allowed these horrific evils to occur. The next step they should take is to sincerely help the victims of this monster in anyway they can. I feel for the whole faculty, students and the alumni of this college. I've made many friends of Penn State grads over the years and I'm sure they too are suffering over this stain on the University's reputation. We all must understand that evil can strike anywhere, anyplace and have compassion for the victims. When I hear of Penn State in the future, I won't be thinking of this monster who did these horrible deeds. I will be thinking of how this cruel thing happened to a great school like Penn State, it's students,faculty and alumni. My sincerest condolences to all the victims, may you all persevere through this .

    November 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  33. Jenna Roseville CA

    How can Penn State University restore its reputation?

    My understanding is that the head coach made the horric act known to his superiors as soon as he was aware. So I don't understand why he lost his job over this. He followed Penn States Policy. Penn State over reached in his case. If they want to restore their image they need to rehire the coach to finish out the rest of the season and then allow the coach to retire with honor. Those that did not do anything with the information they were given should be fired. And Penn State should pay those harmed restitution for not protecting them while they were at Penn State locations and turning a blind eye to the abuse, The coach was not be blame.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    November 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    The Penn State Board of Trustees should permit a few student representatives as conditional observers to their meetings for accurate transparency in how the current problems are resolved. Football is funded by successful alumni who may think twice before reaching for their checkbook unless Penn State makes some drastic changes to current policies. Students should be part of those solutions.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  35. ESDT

    Why is there no mention of the Nate Schweber article posted 11/9/11 in the NY Times regarding the 1998 investigation into Sandusky? It states that campus and local law enforcement along with Child Welfare were brought in and that a lengthy police report was created in 1998. Yet CNN and others are saying that no one went to the police or any outside authorities. Joe Paterno has been vilified as if he comitted the horrendous act himself. A good man has been brought down by the frenzy that CNN and others created.
    Also mention that Ray Gricar the DA at Centre County labeled the report on Sandusky "Unfounded" for some reason back in 1998.
    Focusing on Paterno is an outrage when all the facts, reports and past investigations are not being mentioned nor revealed.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  36. Rich in Gainesville FL

    As an alumni, this one is really rough for me. Joe's "Grand Experiment" was recognition that football is after all just a game. When we say "We are Penn State" that's not supposed to be just a football cheer. It's supposed to affirm that we know and do things with honesty and integrity and within the rules. If the students last night are any indication, they aren't and likely never will be "Penn State" regardless of what's on their diplomas. What to do? Simple: forfeit the remainder of the season. It's not important. Next fall will be soon enough for games.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  37. Dave, Orlando, FL

    As far as I’m concerned, it is a fine institution of higher learning and I would not hesitate to try to learn something there, which is its primary purpose, not big money sports. I would not go there to play games, I can do that in the neighborhood.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  38. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    When the plane crashes it's always pilot error. If anyone is not to blame It's Joe Paterno. We was advised not witnessed abuse. He wisely passed the allegations onto his superiors who are paid to handle criminal situations. In one instance there was a Police Investigation. Paterno's task was limited to coaching football. It's a shame his legacy is stained from the people who did a poor job. Similar to First Aid Responders who are guilty when a patient dies.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  39. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I lived here all my life in Pennsylvania and never expected to hear the news that is coming out of Penn State today. We are proud of Penn State football and Paterno was considered like a god to some people around here. Paterno made one big mistake by not telling police when he first heard of a child being molested by Sandusky. I think Penn state made the proper decision by firing Paterno and the president of Penn state. I do think it could have been done with more class because Paterno deserved that much. Right now I don't think there's anything more they can do accept for having and making sure there are rules in place to see that this never happens again. Time heals all wounds and it will take time for Penn State to restore its reputation. But there were always be a scar.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  40. Mike in Minneapolis

    Nothing. This was not an incident that might seem inappropriate. This was not incident of inappropriately touching someone. This was a full on penetrating rape of a child, who must have been terrified, on school grounds, and the powers that be simply told Sandusky to stop bringing kids to the athletic building. That grad student should have left Sandusky broken and bloody on the shower floor and called the police, and everyone who had any knowledge of this should be fired.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  41. pat, Idaho

    Penn State, the school, didn't molest those children, it was the fool that worked there. If that's the case, will the White House Ever get it's reputation restored?

    November 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  42. René

    It can't, not with this going on for 15 years. Closing down the place is the best solution.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  43. Larry in Houston

    After reading your article, Jack – It looks as though you've sort of answered your own question. ""Yes, Paterno Should have prevented it, yrs. ago"" when he first heard about it. He admitted that he should have gone further, regarding that matter. At least reporting it to the Police. The only way now, to restore their reputation is 'ol father Time' when enough TIME has passed by, people heal, things heal, when enough Time goes by, memory or memories will fade, but the 'scar' will always be there, Jack. It's like : when you're a little kid, and you fall down, and skin your knee, when you were a child, the 'scar' will be there for a few years, depending on how bad you skinned your knee. But when enough 'Time' goes by, they will heal, just like everything else, Jack.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  44. OpenEyes

    These child abuse crimes at Penn State bring back the bad memories of the once mega powerful Catholic Church in Boston. These horrific child abuse crimes, done by clergy in the Catholic Church, went on for decades with the support of the Vatican.

    The person in charge of the Boston Archdiocese at the time, was one Bernard Law, who facilitated the movement of known pedifile priests across state lines, a violation of federal law. Thanks to then Bush A.G. John Ashcroft, a close personal friend of Bernard Laws, he was never prosecuted.

    Its time for justice to prevail, for the sake of the victims, and their families. Lets bring Bernard Law back to the US in shackles, from his luxury accommodations in Vatican City, for trial and hopefully a life sentence in a 6 x 8 cell.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  45. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the college is not the victim here. The victims were children who have been struggling to restore their lives, to get over an unspeakable act of violence and betrayal. Who cares about Penn States reputation.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  46. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Penn State needs to not treat people the way the treated their coach. Sending him an envelope and having him call a number to get notified that he's been fired is terrible. This too shall pass in time but the students need to behave in an adult like manner and not like 3 year olds.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  47. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Most of us are not in the 1%-but rather the 99%-and some of us don't even qualify for either the 1% or 99%. But we all share a commonality--our name and character. It is our self-worth, who we are and it is priceless. Penn State has lost that--and once lost--it can never be recaptured. Penn State can heal the wound-but never the scar-–it is gone, gone, gone. For Penn State's actions--it was a bad play--but even more-it was a bad call!

    November 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  48. Susan NJ

    The abuse of children is becoming so common in this country it its frightening. We Americans have become so desensitized that many do not want to hear about it or do anything to stop it. One way not to regain their reputation is to turn over vehicles in protest. These will be the future leaders of this country which is a frightening thought. They are of the same character of many who lead the country now, you know the ones who decided we had to buy houses for people even though we can't afford a house for ourselves.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  49. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    They already started by firing Paterno and Spanier. Now they have to go the whole way and totally clean house. The guy they just put in as head coach needs to be replaced too after the season is over.
    Universities need to put students, and other people, above the Football programs. Just like in Politics, money corrupts the atheletic programs as well.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  50. Bill of New Mexico

    1) Penn State should campaign to make it a crime (punishable by 10-years in the pen) for a man who is aware of a felony against a child without reporting that felony to the police ASAP.

    2) Penn State should pay off all law suits brought against it in full.

    3) Penn State should give a free and continuing education to all of the victims.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  51. Steve in Tennessee

    The only way at this point is to end the football program. This might help to start to show kids in this country that you can't get away with anything you want just because you can play football.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  52. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It can't. 16,000 women a year are raped in the u.s military, but the commander in chief doies nothing just like Penn State, There sems to be a double standard for athletes, and soldiers.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  53. Jerry - Toronto

    Clean house. The firing of Paterno and Spanier is a start. The board must continue to lead by example and hold everyone having knowledge of these heinous crimes accountable, period. It must show that this is institution of higher learning and of excellent moral standards first and foremost. While the football program is important, this university must clearly show that it is not nearly as important as lives of the young boys who were molested or the protection of the students who attend this institution. Paterno, for all his football accomplishments, failed miserably as a decent human being for not informing the police when no one else would.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  54. chris

    the real question is why should we care we should be asking how can our govt restore it's confidence witht he taxpayers after all penn state does not pass obamacare without readiign it and passing it to take more control in our lives as a exapmple penn state is not the big problem we shoudl be talking about is our currupt govt we have

    November 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  55. LA Belle

    Attend Penn State at your own risk.

    University students rioting because a coach got fired instead of rioting because of the sexual abuse that had been takeing place for the past 15 years. Is the University admitting 10 years olds as students?

    November 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  56. Thom Richer

    Fess up to the fact that Paterno and the Penn State administration and athletic department KNOWINGLY covered up a sexual crime against children and all share the burden of guilt with Sandusky. In point of fact, they may be more so than Sandusky himself. Why? Because he may not have been able to help himself...they could and didn't. These are not uneducated, ignorant of the law, or uninformed people. They are in charge of a University and their primary duty and obligation is the welfare and care of its students...our children. They accepted their jobs and positions knowing this from day one of their hiring. It makes no difference how many games were won or how great a coach a man or woman is if even one child is allowed by that person to be harmed by a sexual predator. Personal gain and legacy were the reason such acts were tolerated and ignored by both the university, its athletic department and its coaches. This is indisputable. What other reason could there be? It was very important to discharge Paterno immediatedly and not let him "finish out the season." To have done so would have been another slap in the face to the children harmed and their parents. Paterno may be a good man but he did wrong. The only other thing the university can do is dismiss all involved immediately.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  57. Karl in Flint

    It is going to take time to rebuild their reputation, but a good start is getting rid of all staff involved in this mess and identifying the students that rioted and throw them out too, regardless of whose kid they might be. Their parents should be ashamed. Make room for students that have an appreciation for higher education and a lifelong career and not just brain dead jocks that got in with an athletic talent that has a limited shelf life and questionable moral training.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  58. john thomas

    With time Jack, with time. We all have short memories. Kind of like Rick Perry.
    John T In the Florida Keys

    November 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  59. Peg from NY

    Penn State Universtity needs to fire Mike Mc Query ASAP. He is as culpable as Spanier and Paterno. It is going to take a very long time for Penn State to restore it's past reputation, if ever.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  60. Mike, Calgary

    Jack-

    By firing, expelling and removing EVERYBODY who knew, or had the potential to know, what was going on. Concentrate on academics, and suspend the football program until new leadership is in place.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  61. Jeff Davis

    PSU could start by firing McQueary immediately. It's a travesty that he will be on the sidelines this weekend. Of all the people involved in this debacle, he is perhaps the most culpable and the most despicable.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  62. Gigi Oregon

    Sadly it can't. And those who hid the problem should have known better. Next to the young boys the sadness will live on in the hearts of the campus and the state, of course for different reasons. But what can you expect in a country that is free to express and act out sexually behavior in film, TV and life with out recognizing the conquences. Is it all about the almighty dollar?

    November 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  63. BILL, WI

    Joe Paterno lacked the moral courage and integrity off the football field that most average citizens have in their everyday lives. The bigger question is why are there some 2,000 Penn State students still supporting him, and even some celebrities that admonished the Trustees for their decision. Is the word integrity another casualty of modern American culture.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  64. Susan from Idaho

    Time will heal this. The board of directors did the right thing and Joe Pa should should come forth and tell the students they he is not worth their anger. Talk about low life and pond scum.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  65. Karen, Idaho

    They have taken a positive first step by firing those people who knew what was happening and did nothing. The school and its football program will probably take a huge financial hit, but they will have preserved their integrity for the future.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  66. Joe Cammarano

    Jack,
    The graduate assistant you refer to is now an assistant coach. He is as culpable as Joe Pa. They need to let him go. In addition, give the victims the football team's profits from 2002 to the present (the cover-up years). That might begin to restore the school's reputation.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  67. John - Chesapeake, VA

    Now that they have handled the Paterno/Spanier issue, they need to determine (and remove) those others who had knowledge and failed to raise a red flag. The school has to be forthright in its commitment to protecting the victims, enlisting the assistance of the students (and sports team) in advocating the prevention of all sexual abuse (not just pedophilia).

    Don't do what the Catholic Church did, and ignore or minimize this same tragedy to protect their image. The damage is done, the only way to recoup their reputation is through proactive advocacy and action. It will take time...

    November 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  68. Liz Winter Haven, Florida

    There is nothing they can do to restore their reputation. They will forever be as the Catholic church is, an instution that looked the other way.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  69. Steven Walsh

    The media has been very extreme in their coverage. We have no idea how the information was transmitted to Paterno from the observer of the abuse - or what exactly was observed to begin with. And apparently there was an police investigation.

    I believe that the media considers college sports figures to be very public but unimportant figures. And destroying someone's reputation and career is nothing to a media that is supposed to believe in "innocent until proven guilty". Perhaps a few more news vans need to be tipped over for the media to understand that they are having a real negative impact on American culture - and I don't mean sports culture, I mean our culture of justice.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Penn State is acting quickly and decisively now. Perhaps this is so because they fear this is only the tip of the pigskin !

    November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  71. Sandstone.

    "I didn't know it was lost, only that some let the side down! Surely the foundations are still there, and stand for was prior to this!"

    November 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  72. Jeff In Minnesota

    Great call Jack. Only a lot of time will heal this wound. What happened here is a painful lesson in the fact that ignoring a problem and hoping it will just go away does not work. The problem just festers and gets worse.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Cee.La

    We just cant escape the air of entitlement and boys will be boys.....the only thing to help Penn St is the firing of everyone from top to bottom...no exceptions.....and maybe time........it is a disgusting spectacle, and one I have a hard time wrapping my brain around........and the college kids who rioted, they are brainwashed pure and simple.......

    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  74. Father Thomas Michael

    Jack.. Please don't insult the "other" catholics of this world by referring the Roman Catholic Church as just "Catholic." It's a slap in the face to the multitude of independent, old, free, Antioch, Alliance, Syrian, etc... and other "catholics" that are not aligned with Rome and have completely different theologies. If you are speaking about "Roman" Catholics, then you should say "Roman" Catholics.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  75. Ron P. - Malta, New York

    How? Eliminate the football program for as many years as it takes to drive some sense into everyone who believes that football is more important than an education.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  76. Susan - Carlisle, PA

    Penn State can redeem itself by becoming a worldwide leader in developing treatment for pedophiles. All solutions, psychological and legal, need to be strengthened so children can be safe. This is a huge global problem and not enough is being done.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  77. KaItlin

    I am a psu student and like you, am disgusted at the way the student body is reacting to this. The mindset of these students need to change and think more about academics and not football. not until students mature a little bit can we move further.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  78. rosa

    Joe Paterno is just a pawn!! Talk about the rapist!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  79. Tyler B.

    Joe Paterno doesn't need to hide behind the title of being PSU's football head coach. His service and leadership, on and off campus, to the Penn State and State College community over the past 46 years speaks for it's self. Enough with the bs from people who never followed him throughout the course of his life and career, for all they see is the coach he was, not the man, leader and community figure he has always been.

    Joe Paterno taught more than football. The way he carried himself through life; the examples he set for both his players and students; his leadership skills enshrined upon everyone in his presence.

    This is a man, who walks to work everyday, and sets a high standard for those who were involved and in his life.

    Don't let the media protray this man to be a cynical, criminal, who covers his coaches asses. If you ever followed Penn State or Joe Pa, you'd know the man he use to be, and who he is and what he stands for today.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  80. Terry Garrison

    Penn State should forfeit this weekends game and temporarily suspend it's athletic program until the investigation is completed. It should then be decided if the athletic program should ever exist again.

    Penn State needs to teach its students that universities are there to help our society be better and an added benefit is playing sports. When you do not take care of your initial responsibilities, you should not get to participate in the extracurricular activities. Penn State has not helped our society be better, especially when the guy that reported the incicdent has just been promoted. This is disgusting.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  81. Bob in Texas

    In time, other issues will take the forefront and this one will fade, a bit, but Penn State will never fully live this down. Just ask the folks at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. A thirty plus years ago there administrator committed suicide when one of his child victims threatened to blow the whistle on him. They still haven't lived that one down because adults that should have known better didn't follow up and take appropriate action.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  82. Gabby Johnson in Montana

    Evil thrives when good men do nothing.
    Same thing happened with the Catholic church, and in both cases it took years for law enforcement and media to gather up the courage to launch investigations against powerful institutions.
    And in both cases the sexual assaults continued for years unabated.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  83. Jeff

    The only way, jack, is the old-fashioned way. Investigate, get it all out, punish the responsible parties, and de-emphasize sports. When reputation in sports, allows behavior such as this to go un-punished for 15 years, something s waaay outta whack.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  84. diane dagenais turbide

    I do not understand that on one side we as a people rightfully pride ourselves in living in a democracy where we practice freely our freedom of expression, of speech while on the other side free people remain silent in the face of such abuses towards children allowing these children to suffer and not be free from their abusers!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  85. Brad in San Francisco

    Jack, please repeat your intro to this question. It says it all. Thank you for having the courage to stand up for children. That is something that is missing in our country these days.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  86. Hank

    from Chicago IL:
    I seriously doubt that they can repait it...not in our lifetime. The corruption has been in place too long, and too many people and dollars have ruled with a limp wrist for too long. And now the allegations that Sandusky was pimping out those poor kids to big donors...it's just unforgiveable. Turn the place into a park, and forget it.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  87. Sharon in Chicago

    You already answered your own question: The students who do not seem to "get it" when it comes to the gravity of what their beloved coach allowed to happen to children and participated in the demonstrations last evening should all be summarily dismissed from the college as swiftly as those who failed so grievously at the top were fired. There should be absolutely no tolerance afforded those who engaged in property destruction and other criminal behavior. That might be a start, but this University has a long road ahead to remove the tarnish. A mandatory course for all students with regard to child abuse and sexual abuse of children might help.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  88. sean williams

    basically, who cares? The kids on tv acted like morons. The whole system there handled the situation horribly. Lets think of the kids that suffered. Not the millionaire coarches, staff or upper echeleon adminsitration of the college. Think of the kids. The story of what is happening to the staff is being worn out. It is getting old quick.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  89. bahram

    they should cancel the season, it is not like this happened at the beginning of the season, it is only 3 more games. but they are putting money ahead of those victims and also fire them all, including the trustee board members. promoting the assistant coach to head coach is sending a very bad message. start all over with a clean slate.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  90. malcolm

    right on Jack, i like football, i played football in college...and i have 3 kids. what happened was wrong. you see something like that, if you can't handle it yourself, you call the law...telling your boss is no solution...

    November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  91. Gene Ralman

    Jack,
    Civil authorities gave Sandusky a pass years ago. Their responsibility was to do follow up, and they didn't. So, to put all the blame on Joe PA and the college president is not fair. Civil authorities have some blame here.

    Gene

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  92. John McDougall

    Jack your report about Penn state is missing one very important point. The 28 year old at the time who reported this to the Joe Paterno was a coward. He did nothing to stop the abuse that he witnessed. He walked the other way and reported it later and he still has his job and will be on the sidelines Saturday.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  93. Michael Sterling, Hawaii

    The saddest part of the current situation is the appalling protests of the pro-rape students. Someday they'll look back and be terribly ashamed of their actions.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  94. John Haakenson

    Those students who are "grieving" the loss of poor JoePa turn my stomach. I'd love to see each and every one of them share a cell with their own personal Bubba. Maybe they can watch football games together on Saturdays.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  95. Patrick

    They need to start restoring their reputation by getting rid of everyone that had anything to do with such a horrendous crime against these children!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  96. Jeffry Woods MBA

    As an ethical issue, this entire ordeal "stinks!" In order for the University to "restore its reputation" leaders must not focus on "restoring the reputation" per say. The reputation will come back when leaders of the University demonstrate an intrinsic concern over the healing of the children involved and educating the world on preventing similar case like this in the future. Walk the Walk, and Talk the talk.....

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  97. kathleen o'brien

    This was perhaps the best Cafferty piece I have ever heard on CNN, and so eloquent. Penn State can begin to
    restore by not giving in to protests, keeping the decision to fire coach and president in place, and taking every possible action to reassure students, parents and the public that nothing like this will ever happen again. Put in place a policy of zero tolerance in the future, and keep the promise to investigate any and all accusations promptly, and take
    immediate action on perpetrators. It will be a long road back, because it has taken Penn State so long to
    admit culpability.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  98. fredthegirldog

    SMU lost it's entire football program due to giving kids gifts to play, in the harshest sanctions ever levied against a football program.. PSU covered up the rape and molestation in-house of at least NINE boys. If the NCAA has any dignity, they should cancel the PSU Season, forfeit all games and be banned for playing in any Football Division for 15 years, the same amount of time it took them to do ANYTHING!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  99. Taliya -State College

    The reputation should be the last thing on their mind. To prevent the riots, they could have let JoPa finish the season. In all honesty, it's not Penn State that should be punished or persecuted, it's Sandusky, Spanier, and anyone else who seriously did the wrong thing without feeling remorse. Don't look poorly on the students, don't say the university is bad; not every single staff member nor student knew about this. Get reputation off the table and put on it the real criminal Sandusky and his horrid crime. Stick to the things that are important!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  100. Cameron, Dayton Ohio

    I have admired Joe Paterno my entire life, but firing him was the right decision. Every person on the football staff should be fired immediately. Penn State's football program should be suspended immediately, they should not play on Saturday or be allowed to go to a bowl game, or play at all next year. Give the players a year of eligibility back, and ban the coaches from Division 1 jobs. Programs have been shut down for far, far less egregious crimes than raping and pimping preteen boys then covering it up. I am absolutely sickened by this whole thing.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  101. Linda, Florida

    McQueary is the person who witnessed the crime, took no action to stop it, and basically allowed it to occur. He reports it to a Paterno, who notified the college administrators as it was hearsay to him at this point. How could McQueary still be a coach? Had he intervened when he observed what was going on, this could have all been avoided.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  102. David Cline

    Way to go, Jack! In the face of abuse the Penn State Trustees showed courage. Courage in declaring that, no, the game does not go on when children are raped at a time when our games have risen to the place of a god. I would note, however, that rather than deny or shift blame Joe Paterno declares that he wish he would have done more and while others were rioting he was asking that we all pray for the children who have been wounded. Thanks for naming this for what it is, idolatry.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  103. dave in nashville

    Restore the universities reputation you ask? How about restoring the confidence and dignity of the real victims first before worrying about a school whose leaders allowed decades of abuse to occur? I could care less about any college that places athletics above....well, everything else.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Les in Maple Valley, WA

    Penn State is in the same boat as just about every other American institution. We no longer have any respect for our establishments because our establishments have no respect for us. Whether we are dealing with a bank, a church, the US Military (which dumps body parts of our soldiers in landfills) or colleges, Americans are starting to awaken to the idea that none of our institutions have any humanity left in them. The only way for any establishment to restore a positive reputation is to demonstrate that human beings are important. But, alas, the only thing that is important to American institutions is money.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  105. Christine

    Elgin, il

    The school obviously doesn't have enough educational foundation to teach it's students that child molestation is a serious crime and morally wrong. Why would anyone want to go to a school who protects and cherishes people like that?

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Susan - Laguna Hills

    It is so sad to learn children were abused by those monsters...Here is how I would give Penn-State reputation and only:
    1. Legally, those criminals would be castrated in the public.
    2. All the profit generated from the football activities for all these years would go to a trust fund tor every child's healing .
    3. All criminals and authorities involved in cover up, freeze up their bank account and put every penny they own to the trust fund to help those children.

    This is just like the Catholic church case...where parents thought the safest places for their youngsters turned out to be the worst of human can ever bear...think of the lives these criminals and those Catholic fathers have ruined and how much it costs to our sociedty....

    Susan – Laguna Hills

    November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  107. Caitlin M

    Only through time and good deeds. Our tuition rates have gone up by 300% in the past 20 years, yet between the shameful staff and embarassing riots, they just made my Penn State degree a bit less valuable.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Linda in Arizona

    I don't know and I don't care. However, for once, I agree completely with everything you said.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  109. Bruce Webber

    They can't. The damage has been done. And grandstanding, like you have done, will make it longer and harder. Unless you're perfect, you don't n eed to be lecturing Penn State.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  110. jill - fl

    I love how everyone is trashing Joe Paterno because he didn't report what he was told was happening but yet Mike McQeary, who witnessed the act taking place and never went to the police is still part of the team and is expected to be on the field during saturdays game. Thats just plain horse shit. He told Paterno he saw Sandusky in the shower with what appeared to be an 8 yr old boy and instead of punching Sanduscky in the face and calling the police himself he went to Paterno and expected him to?? Horseshit Jack. Clean house...get rid of all of them.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  111. fred

    If you believe Penn State is a story you should look closely at the diplomats in the U.S. Department of State/AID and how they use our aid money overseas to fund children homes, orphanages, etc., for the sexual pleasure of US diplomats, the USAID inspector General has been told many many times and does nothing, just like Joe Paterno

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  112. Krystina Martinez

    Cafferty,

    Thank you for your comment regarding the absurdity of the students at Penn State rioting in the streets! You took the words right from my mouth and spoke them with more eloquence. I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso and was disgusted by the actions of the students! If I were a student at Penn State, Id be thinking of transfering to a school with higher moral standards!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  113. Tom Lucido - Anchorage, Alaska

    They just did...if hopefully the conversation in the board room was about "doing the right thing..." and not about "covering our asses." It's about time that a large corporation stepped forward and by their own actions leads the way for positive, community focused action; action, based on good judgement and not the balance of their checkbook.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  114. Karen Nugent

    As an advocate for sexual assault survivors I find this dispicable. I agree with Jack that the actions of the student are out of line. However their actions reflect the elevated status sports & sports figures are placed in this society. NO child should have to endure abuse at the hands of those they are entrusted to. The football program at Penn State should be shut down!! all involved fired and have to face criminal charges. Penn State cannot restore its reputation untill all involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and a comprehensive anti sexual abuse program is initiated at the university.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  115. Monet Blue

    Penn State needs to continue to clean its administrative house of this mess and eliminate everyone who had his part in this nightmare. Then Penn State and the trustees should offer full (silent) scholarships either to Penn State or a similar university of the child's choice to each and every child affected by this horrible tragedy.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  116. Anthony Castanon from Fl

    There is only one way PSU can regain their prestigious reputation: The university must step up and make sure everyone responsible in this heinous crime receives proper punishment. Then, the university must dedicate serious resources to prevention and awareness of child molestation.The house must be destroyed and built back up again. Once this is handled correctly, then, and only then, can the school begin to heal its wounds and regain a positive reputation. However, the upcoming years will be hard and devastating.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  117. Claude-Ga.

    Penn States reputation can't be repaired. Let it wallow in it's imoral corruption!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  118. Sheri Miranda

    They can start by cleaning out the old and bring in new... ALL football coaches. The Assistant Coach (at the timme a student assistant) who told Paterno about the event is going to coach the game this weekend. Why didn't they suspend him? He could have/SHOULD have reported what he saw to the police!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  119. Danny

    From Keene, NH.
    Penn State will be able to recover from this bad press. They will throw enough money around to make the story go away. Universities Administrations will hide and cover any bad press. This story should be a wake up call to all Universities and the Public. There is a history of "Hush, Hush" and I'm sure there will be a great deal more of administrators losing there jobs at Penn State but we will never hear of it. I have to wonder just how much money they(Penn State) have thrown at the Media so far to spin this story.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  120. Roxanne in Minneapolis

    With the appropriate firing of Joe Paterno, the University President and the athletic director and defensive coordinator, Penn State has taken the first steps to restore its reputation. Unfortunately, due to the arrogance, lack of integrity and abhorrent, irreparable actions of a few, whether that reputation can ever fully recover down the long road it faces is questionable.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  121. dre from pa

    at least 15 years they never had a reputation we just didn't know who they were because of this now we know (they are penn state)

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  122. Joel Rivera

    BRAVO! Jack every single word you uttered is right on and expresses my sentiments exactly. The board of trustees took a solid first step in restoring Penn State's reputation by firing Paterno. In so doing they have made the victims the priority and not football.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  123. Monet Blue (Long Beach, CA)

    Penn State needs to continue to clean its administrative house of this mess and eliminate everyone who had his part in this nightmare.
    Then Penn State and the trustees should offer full (silent) scholarships either to Penn State or a similar university of the child's choice to each and every child affected by this horrible tragedy.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  124. alex

    The biggest problem Jack, is that there is no dignity left in the college systems anymore.
    Why should all the headline be about the sports system snd the so called coaches,
    what a disgrace that no one is standing up for thoase poor kids.
    The students at Penn who protested should be expelled, and the whole college system
    shuld be investigated, kick out the notion that it is one law for the elite and one for the others.
    This is a major disgrace and these coaches should be put in jail for along time.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  125. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    All receipts during the 2012 football season should be used to fund and sustain shelters and counseling for victims of pedofilia.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  126. Norma

    Thank you Jack for addressing this matter in a straightforward, forceful, and ethical manner. There is a huge lesson here for students and professionals to learn about how to deal with sexual abuse cases of any kind, especially those affecting defenseless children. Shame on the Penn State students for the lack of a moral compass.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  127. Patti

    I don't believe anyone is disputing the horror of what Sandusky has allegedly done. That being said, if you read the Grand Jury report, there is no indication that Joe Pa knew anything specific about the "shower" incident. He did do what he knew was the right thing to do – that's how he's has lived his life! I honestly believe that if he did know more he would have done more! The administration who allowed the unescorted access to the facilities is something that should seriously be looked into. How is it that Coach Mike McCreary is still there. Matt Mukken's anger is slightly displaced as he has never liked Joe Paterno – so read between those emotions! Penn State is a fine institution and they will heal. It however sad, that all the positive things Joe Pa has done for the school and the community is being tarnished by a knee-jerk reaction by the Board of Trustees! The Penn State faithful will remain faithful!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  128. Ed Kurbec

    Jack, we are hearing a great deal about the persons that were notified by an assistant that witnessed the molesting of a young boy. The individuals who learned second hand about these nasty deeds are being vilified by the press and the university, but nothing is mentioned about the assistant that witnessed the deed first-hand and merely notified JoePa. Why didn't he notify the police, given the fact that he saw the act in progress?

    November 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  129. Susan

    You start by apologizing. By acknowledging each and every victim and saying how deeply sorry you are for the terrible things that happened on your watch. Start by acknowledging the families and apologize. Please.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  130. jeff

    I feel your comments are off base .Joe Pa has done far more for the university That hisgood name needs to be tarnished .He is just the Scape Goat Lets focus on Sandusky and Mike Mcreary.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  131. Nina - New York

    I'm not sure they CAN restore their reputation. Jo Paterno spent his entire career encouraging his players to do the "right" thing, and had high expectations of them with regard to their behavior. Pity that when he had what was perhaps the most critical moment in his life to do the same, he merely kicked the can on down the road and let someone else handle things. He's got five children and seventeen grandchildren. I can't help but wonder whether he'd be satisfied with the simple "take a moment to pray for those kids" he offered when he addressed the crowds of embarrassingly callous students who gathered at his home last night. It would cost me roughly $16000 to send my child to Penn State for the year. I don't think I want him getting the kind of education in ethical and moral depravity they seem to serve up around there.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  132. Jamie

    Penn State, if it is committed to ideals rather than dependent upon sports-related income, will suspend its football program for a season. It should use the time to construct an environment, develop policies & practices, and foster a culture that is committed to ensuring that nothing like this can ever happen again.

    What is needed here is a shock to the system, and a year's suspension of its football program would both provide that shock, and demonstrate to all that it is serious - deadly serious - about bringing in a new culture and environment.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  133. Josh C.

    It can't! What's done is done. The Penn St. Athletic department had more than one chance to get it right and they screwed up big time. When this all pans out it's only going to get worse for them. In the meantime, the worst thing the Penn St students can do is to support the people that hid the rape of young children on their college grounds for years.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  134. Anne Nowak Placitas, New Mexico

    The students protesting..............what an obscene place Penn State must be.iTheir only concern is FOOTBALL.not the victims. Absolutely unbelievable. What are these people doing in college ? They certainly don't think. No concern about the victims. They are useless kids spending time in an obscene space supposedly for " higher education "
    God help us all when these kids are unleashed on the world...............ZERO.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  135. Bing - Virginia

    Penn State should shut down 100% the "football program" for years. More important things in life than a football coach and/or the "football program".

    November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  136. Chad

    Hey Jack, just wondering why Mike Mcquery is coaching this weekend when he actually witnessed the assault? Also, these college kids are acting like they are occupying wallstreet when they should be considering who is going to hire them after being associated with PSU.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  137. Joey

    I find it disgusting that this man is out on bail when he prayed on children for 15years and people knew about it! Conrad Murray was deemed a danger to society and remanded into custody with no bail and this predator is out roaming free to possibly do it again!!! Penn State needs to clean house! And I applaud you Jack for calling this like it is a truly disgusting situation! And those protesters are to iignorant to deserve a higher education! Your candor on this situation Jack read my mind.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  138. Ana

    U are so right on !!!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  139. Doctorjay80

    Jack, you are CLUELESS. It's a sad day for Penn State, the young men involved, and the media play is responsible for bringing down an icon...what the press ALWAYS tries to do (ala Nancy Grace trying Casey Anthony in the media - is this becoming the CNN approach). Paterno notified his supervisor and offered to retire at the end of the season. The Board of Trustees has tried to get rid of JoePa a few years ago, but the alumni rose up and prevented it. Paterno has contributed millions of dollars to the institution (he raised $10million for the library) and in his 60+ years has done more for students than any other professional in the university. To fire him for following protocol is insane. Also, remember, in our country a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty. Unfortunately, the Board and media found Paterno guilty by association...what a miscarriage of justice. And those students aren't thugs, they shouldn't be thrown out, they should be applauded for demanding justice for someone they revere.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  140. BBOCK

    The Trustees need to hire an independent investigator with no ties to PSU to investigate everyone in the Football and Atheletic programs, the campus police and every person in the University above them, including the Trustees themselves. Anyone who does not cooperate should be immediately fired. The investigator should then issue a report with a set of recommendations of firings and structural and policy changes. The report should be published in its entirety with no redactions or edits. They should include dissenting opinions in the report. The University must make every employee and volunteer Mandatory Reporters. Then they need to quickly (within months) implement the recommendations, without reservation. The University must set aside a significant portion of the revenue generated by the football team to handle lawsuits, counselling and educational programs and training for all staff and students. Sunlight is the only solution to such dark evil.

    Brian
    Downey, California

    November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  141. David

    Well, I understand why you are angry. Penn State's reputation is doomed at least for the foreseeable future. Can you imagine what it would be like to present your resume to a future employer with Penn State in bold? Not good. Let's see what the great NCAA has to say about sports at Penn State. Yes it's not fair to the majority of Penn State nation that the football team is no more. But you know what, this is the only way Penn State can begin to heal. That is, that sports in no way can be more important than education or the safety of innocent children. And Jack, the Penn State students are not punks they are just young and misinformed. Many of them will look back in 5 years and wonder why they behaved like a bunch of idiots.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  142. Lgee of Pennsylvania

    First they need to get their values straight. That will be difficult because a large percentage of their finances are probably brought in by the football team. Will they value people or will they place more value on the money brought in by football. So valuing people could be a start. Another good start would be teaching all employees and affiliates the law and their responsibilities relative to protecting children and students from sexual predators.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  143. Abb, Atlanta

    Penn State's trustees deserve a handshake for being the ONLY ONES who have done the right thing in this nightmare. As long as students continue to protest Paterno's firing and more sordid details about Sandusky come out, the school's reputation will lay in ruin. I wonder if these "protestors" would they be so quick to stand up for Paterno had it been their little brother who was raped because their beloved football coach never spoke up.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  144. Greg - New York, NY

    You can't blame the vast majority of honroable sports coaches, professors and students at PSU for the situation that has occured. They will have to live with the shame of what Sandusky did for the next 100 years. But what is worse is that people like Coach Paterno did not take appropriate action to prevent this pedophile & predator from continuing to terrorize & rape even more children. I would like to know if Coach Paterno let his own children hang around Coach Sandusky, attend events under his care or be alone with him ass a babysitter after this event was reported. The very fact that Paterno and Co allowed this to go on complete with providing Sandusky emeritus status, an office on campus and continued access to the athlectic facility showers shows that they encouraged this activity and let it continue. PSA did the right thing in firing all involved including Coach Paterno....it was just too late. In order for PSU to get past this – they have to clean house, and hire people with the highest moral integrity going forward : Someone like Lou Holtz, Urban Meyer or Tom Osbourne. If you see something....you are supposed to say something....not let it go. Especially with children being the victim. The University will only get past this by coming clean and cleaning house.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  145. Penn State Student

    You don't honestly understand what is currently going on this campus. Media is over generalizing and depicting Penn State students in such a negative light. Our ideals have been shattered and we are trying to grasp onto what is left of our university. Please don't judge us by the actions of the few. Unless you are here and amongst the Penn State Family, you can't even begin to understand what we are going through. This judgment is ridiculous. Please be sympathetic to our situation.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  146. Judy - Kansas City

    Send a message to the Nebraska Coach to turn that plane around right now and be a NO SHOW at the home Penn State football game this Saturday. That's a strong message and a good start. That would give a real good feeling to the victims to know the good guys are going to win this one for them.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  147. GeneK

    The short answer is, it can't. It never can. A century from now, Penn State will still be known as that 'other institution' where people looked the other way for year after year after year while children were raped by its employees and in its no longer hallowed halls.

    What Penn State needs to concentrate on is not restoring its reputation, but on restoring its conscience and its soul. To begin with, every single person, from the lowest janitor to the highest administrator, who knew what was going on and failed to pick up a telephone and make one call to law enforcement needs to go. Then a massive education effort needs to be launched so that everyone, most especially the students who rioted this week, fully understands what a monstrous, diabolical evil was allowed to fester undeterred by so many people on campus for so many years, and why their diplomas, class rings, license plate frames and other alumni trinkets will forever link them to it. Not until every single person who sets foot on Penn State's campus understands that inaction in the face of evil is participation in the evil will Penn State be able to begin the long road to being known as anything other than the school that looked the other way.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  148. Steve

    This article is very opinionated and very offensive… Jack, some thoughts are just better kept to yourself.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  149. Dr. S, Chicago

    The reaction of the Penn State students last night shines a light on a sick culture. We need to value our universities more for the education they provide than for sports. Engineers who invest in their knowledge and brain power earn far less and are appreciated far less that "celebrity" sports figures. This underlies a culture that has not come very far since the gladiators of ancient Rome. Our society seems not to value the very things that our survival depend upon despite all the lip service given to education in the past 50 or more years. We need to get our priorities straight and, for once, the media is focusing on something that is important.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  150. Peggy

    Penn State needs to initiate, put themselves up for examination of the influence of big time college sports on the well-being of individuals, the institution and the community at large. This tragic example is only possible when the disproportionate power of college sports programs goes unchecked.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  151. Penny H-Charlotte, NC

    Penn State can redeem itself by coming CLEAN on the situation and fully cleaning house on everyone involved, including Mike McQueary who actually witnessed the sordid act and didn't report it to police. It sounds more and more of a huge cover-up. He becomes wide receiver coach later on after knowing what took place was immoral and illegal. I think he should be prosecuted as well for not going to the police. He was a man (28yrs. old) when he witnessed this. Any man or human being with any decency witnessing this would have took immediate action to the police.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  152. Tony Brown

    Change there name!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  153. Jenny

    The firing of Joe Paterno is an action that puts Penn State on the right road to recovery. The school is taking into consideration more than just its football program, but its reputation as a respected institution of higher learning. In time after all of the legal matters have been handled, the school and football team will bounce back and be viewed with respect once again. The students at Penn State that are in outrage over "Joe Pa's" firing, really need to understand the bigger picture and realize that placing any person on a "god" like pedestal just allows for a more painful fall. Joe Paterno may have done much for the school, but it is certainly does not allow him a free card from doing was is simply morally right. Those young boys have lost their innocence forever.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  154. Miguel M

    I usually do not agree with Cafferty, but I sure do AGREE with this one issue.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  155. Nikki/san diego

    Jack, penn state (lower-cased letters intentionally) can start its Restoration process by removing that statue of Joe Paterno! Primarily remove Joe's statue because by the time this awful mess is fully revealed, I would imagine that the statue of Joe Paterno will be an old rusty piece of metal and a true eye sore on the campus of penn state! You see,Joe knew everything that was happening on that campus especially in his dormain(the atheletic department.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  156. Donnie

    I cannot realized how stupid people are. Joe Paterno had nothing to do with molesting a child. You people in the media had him fired shame on you. The University and the trustees are using him as a scape goat to protect themselves and the cash flow. Paterno reported it in 2002 to his boss where is his boss? Why did he not report it to police. Paterno did the right thing, yet you have convicted in the media and public opinion of him being a molester. If Penn state loses this game you have ruin a great team too. Media, public stupidity, trustees scape goat, guilty now innocent later Shame on you all for ruining a great man.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  157. Renee Peoria,Ill

    When I saw the crowd of rioting kids on the news last night my first assumption was that they were ticked off about what happened to those poor kids. Then I listened and realized they were pissed about the pedophile accomplice getting fired! I just sat there in shock, wondering what the hell has happened to this country when our youth are on the side of pedophiles instead of their victims? You hit the nail on the head, Jack, when you said they should all be kicked out. I'd take it a step further and say they should be expelled, get no credits for this semester, and have to get counselling before being accepted into any college again. If they think the rights of criminals are more important than the rights of children to be protected against predatory adults, then God help us all.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  158. Mary in Phoenix, AZ

    They can start with getting rid of Mike McQueary too. He was the graduate student that no one in the media seems to be naming. Instead of stopping a rape in progress he called his dad and didn't report the crime to Joe Paterno until the next day. How can you just leave a child who is being raped with their rapist?

    If you see someone stealing office supplies, it's appropriate to just report it to your supervisor but if you see someone being RAPED you don't stop to carefully consider chain of command, you CALL THE POLICE.

    This whole situation could have been avoided if he'd done the right thing to begin with. That being said I think that EVERYONE who knew about the abuse including Paterno needs to be prosecuted to the full extent allowable by law.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  159. Paulette in Dallas

    By cleaning house of this current administration and hiring people to replace this "Old Boys Club" with ethical and moral role models who don't just talk "integrity" but who live it. I agree with you Jack–at minimum suspend this raging mob with no refunds for this semester.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  160. Peter from Ct

    Great comments Mr. Cafferty. I am heartened to hear of the university's quick and comprehensive responsive. The behavior of the students is likely a vocal minority that hasn't really thought out what they are protesting. Question: What about the assistant coach Mike Mcqueary (??) and his response to witnessing the rape of a small boy. How does a young coach or ex-football player, whatever he was at the time, see a boy being raped and not do something immediately. He may not be guilty of anything, but he shouldn't be allowed to continue to coach for Penn State. Am I missing something here?

    November 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  161. Scott Stodden

    Well Jack The School Was Told Of What Was Happening And Nothing Was Done So Now The Right People Have Been Fired And Rightfully They Should Have Been Fired And Sent To Prison! Hopefully With The Firing Of All Involved In This Now Penn State Can Start To Restore Itself And The School! And Jack Your Right For The Students Who Were Rioting Wednesday Night Outside The School They Should Have All Been Kicked Out Of School For Supporting A Evil Man And An Evil Act, How Dare Anyone Support This!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    November 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  162. Roald

    Step one, the University should VOLUNTARILY REQUEST that their record since 2002 in football be expunged/forfeited.
    Step two, across the board every employee should be briefed on sexual assault and harrassment and sign for the class
    Step three, contact all students in programs involving Sandusky and err on the side of assuming complaints are credible
    Step four, be GENEROUS settling out of court with students identified in step three

    November 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  163. Mike '2010

    As a human being I am appalled at the actions and in-actions of all those involved. As a Penn State Alum I am appalled at the students that decided to act like little brats that didn't get what they want, by throwing a temper tantrum, rioting and mistreating the media. You have to remember that neither Joe Paterno or the other administrators are Penn State, you are Penn State. You are the ones that carry the school reputation wherever you go. To fix the image of Penn State you must show the world now that WE ARE, not the fools flipping T.V vans on the evening news, but the caring people that work hard everyday to try and make this world a better place. Make those uniformed about what Penn State truly is informed by showing them the philanthropic endeavors that WE take part in every year.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  164. William Lee

    Here we are again, discussing on ways to heal the institution's reputation. Who cares? What we should be asking is how many children has this monster actually abused, and how can we help with their healing process? The university can take care of itself. After we've helped the victims in this horrendous situation, then, prosecute anyone with knowledge of the perps actions who did nothing to stop it, no matter who they are, or who they think they are. The university will get over it. The victims probably won't.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  165. A. Romeo - Buena Park, CA

    Thank you, thank you, for your truthful words. "FIRST DO NO HARM" duh? I have been disguested with ESPN's reporting with all their adoration for pa and his ministers of harm; mudding the water with their words. Say what you mean to say to me as simple as possible. I am ashamed of the negative reaction for people who do harm, especially to the vunerable. The university is a STATE school and receives federal funding, not just for sports. I woke up thinking that maybe this is a sex ring preying on young for so many knew for sooooo long and refused to shine a brighter light for all to see. Simpe; Lust & GREED. Not complex at all.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  166. Ron

    Is Penn st doing the right thing. I am guilty as everyone else in believing coach sandusky is guilty without due process. So that bring me to the 28year old at the time grad asstant/ former QB not so little guy Mike Mcqueary. Why did he not stop it right there he witness it. He called his dad but not the police. He could have stopped right there that night. The only call to be made then was to tell Joe pa what happen.that sandusky is in the hospital cause i caught him raping a young boy and hill probably go to jail. McQueary has to go as well. And next hire have no ties to penn st what so ever.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  167. Chad

    Jack,
    They must take a TIMEOUT and regroup. Certainly having the coach whom whitnessed the.offense this weekend isn't a solution.... period!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  168. Holly (Kansas)

    The University cannot even begin to restore its reputation until it cleans house COMPLETELY. More victims will probably come forward, and more facts will undoubtedly be revealed about Sandusky's actions both on campus and with the Second Mile charity. Sandusky had thirty plus years to abuse, and I am willing to bet that there are many young men out there who have yet to come forward who were "Touched." Child sexual abuse is a soul stealer. Looking the other way and/or choosing to say nothing is soulless. I would be willing to bet that if Joe "Pa" had a son or grandson who was abused by this man, this would have ended long ago and countless more victims would have been saved. The green on the field and in the bank seemed to be the only priority. It will be interesting to see how fast the "pens" run dry for the donors who once kept the contributions flowing for the oh so "green" football fields of Penn State.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  169. Richard in Kansas

    Penn State will be just fine. Those who knew what took place are no longer employed. The vast majority of students don't go there to play football but rather to get an education from a fine university. That won't change but perhaps football recruiting will be tougher for a couple of years. This to will pass.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  170. Don Q Halls

    It can replace the Board of Trustees and restore the man who is more responsible for the prominence of Penn State to his position. JoePA was not the person who saw this. What got to him was essentially a rumor. No one should be fired for not running to police with a rumor. There may well have been good cause to dismiss Mike McQuery, the man who actually saw this happen and did not even interrupt it, but JoePA was dealing only with second hand information. Penn State owes a huge debt, literally, to JoePA for building a program that brought prominence to the school, a program that graduates athletes instead of just using them, and for contributing millions to Penn State's academic programs. How about we blame the pervert, not the legend.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  171. Pat in Michigan

    time wil heal. it should be pointed out that people in power are to blame .

    November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  172. Terry - Riegelsville, PA

    Jack, right on! These students (spoiled brats) are only exemplifying the behavior of the Penn State administrators/coaches who were a part of this atrocity. Human beings can get so full-of-themselves they live and behave in a parallel universe that's above the law.

    As far as the school, this needs to be looked at as a new beginning...revisit their heritage and recommit to what makes great educational institutions...and its not football or any other sport...its commitment to students...bringing them the best in life, including building their own sense of worth and value as a child, adult, human being.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  173. Jeff - Tallahassee, Florida

    Jack,
    I could not agree with you more. Joe Paterno should have gone straight to the police as soon as he know about Jerry
    Sandusky raping that poor young boy in a shower. Simply reporting the incident to university superiors just doesn't cut it.
    The only way Penn State can restore its reputation is to "clean house" by firing all of those involved in this scandal. This
    includes all of those who have "turned a blind eye".

    November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  174. Jody Raeford

    FIrst Penn State must finish the job of cleaning house. Any administrators or coaches who had any knowledge of these injustices and did not go to the authorities must be given the opportunity to go immediately or be immediately fired(this includes and should not be limited to Mike McQueary). The university must hire a leader with solid leadership experience; i.e. Tom Ridge. This leader must apologize to the victims and their families on behalf of Penn State University for its failing to live up to its own integrity standards. The University must put it's money where it's mouth is and should dedicate a percentage of their football revenue to child abuse prevention and awareness. The new leadership must speak to the student body regarding the risk of following any man or women bliindly and how those actions become almost cult-like. Penn State is a higher Institutiion of learning, not a football league and most of all not a cult.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  175. John Burke

    Penn State _could_ restore its reputation by insisting upon a respect for truth and elemental standards of decency from everyone connected with the institution - including football coaches, and the student football fanatics who idolize them. If it did that, its reputation would be the same as its honor, and would be unassailable.

    But, if were to be guided by the tolerance for pedophilia long exhibited by those in authority, and the football hooliganism of its rioting students, too many at Penn State would rather have a reputation based on the superficial notions of image and success derived from the team's win/loss record, rather then truth or decency. In this, they seem to be in keeping with what America has become. Herein lies the deeper tragedy.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  176. Charles Sigler

    I find myself totally emotionally distraught because of these horrific crimes. What was done to Paterno wasn't close to severe enough. Too little, too late. The state must strip him of his pension and all other state and retirement benefits immediately! Jack, you must continue to blog on this to guarantee that justice prevails!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  177. Paul

    Everything will get sorted out once we stop the witch hunt and villifying everybody at Penn State, and focus on the actual crime and the actual monster here, Sandusky.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  178. David P Vernon

    This is just crap. Paterno dumped Sandusky from his staff in 1999, and Sandusky was not a University employee or a Paterno employee in 2002. The junior coach saw the incident, Paterno did not, and the cops do not accept hearsay as evidence. Paterno reported to the people he was supposed to, given that the crime was on campus, but not under his authority, but is not, according to University policy, allowed to call the regular cops to report a crime he did not see. Joe did not cover anything up – he simply DID HIS JOB. Spanier deserves to take the whole rap because it is his duty as Prexy to report crimes on campus to the actual cops. The two athletic department functionaries both tried to suppress this report, not for Paterno's sake, but for the University's. The student coach who witnessed the rape did even not tell Paterno he had seen it until the day afterward. Paterno did nothing wrong, either by commission or omission, given the crime, the alleged perpetrator, and the place. The Board is scapegoating Paterno, whereas the other three U employees did in fact act to suppress knowledge of a sex crime on campus and should be prosecuted for that under State law, as well as getting fired for what they did not do – report the name of of the witness and the name of the alleged perpetrator to the State College police. Remember, at the time of the incident, Sandusky was a private citizen using the gym for a charitable youth athletic program of his own making – Paterno had nothing to do with the crime, no formal relationship with the perpetrator, and nothing to do with covering it up. From his point of view, a guy he had gotten rid of was allegedly seen by one of his students committing a crime on campus. He told his boss. That was all he was supposed to so, and all he was permitted to do given the situation. The time line of Sandusky's criminal activity shows that Joe denied the guy the title of successor after the first alleged incident, in 1998, which was covered up by the campus police. Sandusky quit his University job in 1999. He has not been Paterno's guy since.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  179. harry garison

    Penn State could dedicate there university to the goal of creating the finest child abuse prevention and victim rehabilitation education and research institution. In addition they could build a dedicated bleacher section that will be provided free of charge to children that become wards of the state so they may attend the football games.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  180. debbie new jersey

    I am horrified at what happened to those children and I am a mother of sons. First, I realize that some Penn State employees are guilty of not doing a thing to stop the abuse in its tracks. I wonder about the other victims and where that abuse took place...to my knowledge it has not been disclosed. What bothers me is that not one media person has investigated the Charity started by Sandusky that allowed him access to vulnerable kids. There is a mountain of research to show that predators seek out such opportunities to find their victims. What state agency licensed him and did so without oversight, regulation etc. If you "jounalists" really want to advocate for victims why are all the media trucks parked at Penn State and not at the Charity investigating that! Maybe you all are more interested in a headline and More facetime on TV. To REALLY Help protect kids from these monsters investigate the charities and organizations for kids, the state or federal agencies that approve them and the people they have on staff. And Jack, the students at Penn State are not idiots, the media has attacked the whole institution. This is not about Football or Penn State it is about the failure of individuals. More importantly, its about Sandusky but I guess if you focus on him you won't have your headline. Thats why the Students were in the uproar.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  181. Mimi

    Jack, I don't always agree with you but in this case you were right on. Penn State must clean house (they are off to a good but incomplete start). Desperately need policies and procedures in place to make certain that there are clear protocols to follow in this sort of an instance. Truthfully though you obviously can't imply basic morality which would have helped here. I predict that Penn State is in for a painful period. Good. They need it.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  182. Franklin Mint - Wawa, PA

    Yo Jack, Penn State without Joe Paterno will not last. Forget the reputation, they need to protect their treasury after Joe Pa sues them for Breach of Contract and all the other victims sue them for doing everything wrong in this case. BTW, since when are little children allowed in college locker rooms, let alone showers? This is the root cause of the problem at Penn State, not Joe Paterno.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  183. A. Romeo, Buena Park, CA

    'FIRST DO HARM". That's a start and stop with all the adoration and love for pa and his ministers of sports who did harm to the vunerable, especially ESPN. Reputation for what? A state and federal funded university. I help pay for their education and the students act like that? What a world. How do these young men get their life back? duh.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  184. deliah davis

    Eventually, Penn State's integrity will be restored, but had the Catholic Church been severely punished for its past of child molelstation, maybe Paterno would have more aggressively handled matter, but since the Catholic Church just received a slap on the wrist for the years and years of child molestation, I think it to be a fair assumption that because we I love our children doesn't necessarily mean that everyone loves them too!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  185. Allen

    Penn State needs to put the victims first. A new children's hospital is planned for the Hershey PA campus. A first step should be to develop treatment for the victims, and their family's. Train Doctors, and nurses to be proactive on finding & preventing abuse in the community so it stops before more kids are harmed. When a kid tries to kill themselves it's not because they need medicine, it's because they feel there is no way out. As someone who has lived with this nightmare in my family, I can attest that the damage is lifelong, and impacts all areas of the victims life forever. Even with treatment the blame lands on the family, and victim. Perhaps the Milton Hershey trust could co-fund the Center for the benefit of the schools students, and staff. Great PR for both institutions, and the healing could begin. We are Penn State would regain some of it's luster.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  186. Maurice Bonin

    They've done the moral and ethical thing, to fire those that knew about the event. Now, here's what I would suggest.

    At my job, we have to sign a "Code of Conduct", which one point is to report any sexual assault and harrassment, even if you are a third party to it. It is better to investigate and find the truth, then to ignore it.

    Therefor, PennState Univerisity should establish a yearly "Code of Conduct" that everyone needs to sign, and that way, it makes everyone aware of their responsiblity

    Maurice

    November 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm |