Paterno Fired As An Entire Student Body Disgraces Itself

11/9/2011 9:45:29 PM "I was just following orders" didn't work for the Nazis at Nuremburg just as "I notified my superiors 9 yrs ago" doesn't work today. 

That's the lens through which this scandal needs to be viewed.  Joe Paterno stood in silence for nearly a decade (at a minimum) while credible evidence existed that his long-time colleague had committed one of the most horrific crimes known to humanity.  While Paterno did notify authorities, his silence after the fact aided the University administration's decision to ignore the credible allegations against Jerry Sandusky.  If Paterno had stood up for the victims (and potential future victims) when he had the chance then he would have emerged from the scandal relatively unscathed. Instead, he chose the easy way out (silence) and his decision has resulted in his forever besmirched legacy.

The scene currently unfolding on the streets of State College, PA is absurd.  I hope it's more about idiotic college kids with no perspective on life mixed with a desire to appear on national TV.  Maybe they just wanted a chance to "live tweet" about the event.  Unfortunately, what these kids fail to realize is that the chanting about "Let Joe Stay" is going to look bad when viewed by the lens of history.  It's going to read like those 1960s racist Mississippians hurling epithets at young black students attending their college for the first time. 

True courage is forged at the moment when truth prevails against the most difficult circumstances.  JoePa had his moment and failed his test miserably. That is why he has been fired in disgrace and that is why history will look back on the scenes currently unfolding in State College as a black mark on the school and one that will garner nothing but disdain and disgust from the rest of the country.

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