Pennsylvania’s governor is suing the NCAA over Penn State sanctions

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Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA claiming that the organization overstepped its authority when it penalized Penn State over its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. The school was banned from bowl games for four years, had a massive reduction in scholarships, ordered to pay a $60 million fine, and their wins from 1998 to 2011 were vacated.

Penn State is supposedly not involved in the lawsuit. This fact is important because the university agreed not to sue the NCAA when it accepted the sanctions. Corbett is not only the governor of Pennsylvania, he’s also a member of the Penn State University Board of Trustees. When the sanctions were first handed down, Corbett embraced them, claiming that they would help repair the school’s severally tarnished reputation.

He now appears to have changed his mind. Corbett isn’t suing the NCAA as a member of the Board of Trustees, that would be in violation of the earlier agreement, but as the governor of Pennsylvania. The sanctions are extremely unpopular with students and alumni and coincidentally, Corbett is up for reelection next year. By now going after the NCAA, Corbett can try to win back favor with Penn State defenders and enablers. Good luck with that.

Turns out the NCAA takes a dim view on football programs that protect child rapists

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NCAA President Mark Emmert announced sanctions the Penn State football program will be receiving for its role in the child sex scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky. The penalties include:

  • A $60 million fine.
  • Banned from the post-season for the next four years.
  • A reduction in scholarships from 25 to 15 a year for the next four years.
  • Every Penn State football win from 1998 to 2011 has been vacated.

The $60 million fine was levied mainly because that’s what the Penn State football programs makes in one year.

Vacating all those wins means, among other things, that Joe Paterno is no longer all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. He’s now 12th on the all-time win list.

What a shame Paterno is dead. It would have served the hypocrite right to see the damage he and other Penn State officials did by repeatedly concealing facts concerning the long-time sexual abuse of children. Let this be a lesson to everyone, if you find out someone is raping children, do something about it. Don’t just sit by and allow it to happen.

In other words, don’t be like Joe Paterno.

Not only was Joe Paterno a hypocrite, he was a deadbeat

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The New York Times has reported that Joe Paterno worked out an amendment to his contract with Penn State the same month he testified in front of the grand jury about his friend and former Penn State defensive coach, pedophile rapist Jerry Sandusky.

This amendment changed the contract Paterno had with Penn State, guaranteeing the coach $3 million if 2011 was his final season. It also required the university to “forgive” $350,000 in interest-free loans Paterno had made over the years. It also provided his family a luxury box at Beaver Stadium for the next 25 years. The deal was made with former Penn State president, Graham Spanier without the knowledge of the full board of trustees.

Paterno knew the Sandusky scandal was about to break and break badly. He did what he could to make sure he was protected financially.

I knew Joe Paterno was a raging hypocrite. What I didn’t know what that he was a deadbeat. Why was he borrowing money from the university in the first place? He wasn’t making enough money from his various endorsement deals, especially with Nike? Don’t tell me Nike CEO Phil Knight was stiffing his hero. That would be really sad.

If Paterno was borrowing money from his employer Penn State, a public university, was he borrowing money from any of his other employers too? I can’t imagine borrowing money from your employer and then not paying it back. What a leader of young men coach Paterno really was.

The more the public learns about Joe Paterno, the more there is not to like.

Joe Paterno was an even worse person than many people feared


Former FBI director Louis Freeh released the report he and his investigative team conducted on the behalf of Penn State today. It turns out head coach Joe Paterno, as well as other university officials, knew former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile and failed to do anything about it as far back as 1998. Instead of stopping Sandusky and protecting the young boys he was sodomizing, they covered it up to protect the reputation of the university and the football program.

Joe Paterno, was a terrible, awful person. The state of Pennsylvania is a better place without him breathing their air.

Read full Freeh Report on Penn State (pdf)

What do you know, the jury found Jerry Sandusky guilty

The jury in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case returned a verdict late last night. They found the former Penn State football defensive coordinator and friend of former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno guilty on 45 of the 48 charges. Sandusky will be spending the rest of his life locked up in a cage like the animal that he is.

Then again, animals don’t sodomize their young.

A part of me is almost surprised the jury did this. It seemed to me to be an open and shut case. Sandusky had more accusers than Mitt Romney‘s grandfather had wives. With that said, it still took the jury an awful long time to deliberate. Too long almost. All it would have taken was one lone juror that believed guilty verdicts would have tarnished Joe Paterno’s already severally tarnished image to deadlock the jury.

My only wish is that charges could somehow be levied upon former Penn State football assistant coach Mike McQueary. He’s the sorry excuse of a human being that walked in on Sandusky sodomizing a 10-year-old boy and didn’t do anything to stop it. Instead, he reported the incident to Paterno the next day who in turn did what he could do to sweep it under the rug. Paterno cared more about the reputation of Penn State football and his own legacy than he cared about the victims of his friend the pedophile rapist. That tells you everything you would ever need to know about Joe Paterno.

Paterno is now dead, but McQueary’s not. Too bad charges can’t be brought up against him too. Turns out failing to report a child rape to the authorities isn’t in itself against the law.