- Jul 11, 2005
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In this case, I truly believe you had a culture of people that were protecting their careers and a football program. Sandusky was powerful in the college football world, and those that allegedly saw him (Tom Bradley, Greg Schiano, Mike McQuerey) were all in a subordinate role to Sandusky.
To call out Sandusky for molestation would not only put you in the cross-hairs at PSU, and challenging an icon at the school, but it'd also end up being potentially career ending when you consider where guys like Bradley and Schiano were at, at that point in their careers.
So while it was extremely shocking, and Schiano was alleged to have been horrified and "white a sa ghost", once they reported it one level above them they felt they did their "due-diligence" and checked out essentially.
Which is what makes this the most sickening...he continued to exploit his access to the program for 25+ more years, and creating a charity with the sole-intention of preying upon under-privileged youth. Kids, he continued to exploit and molest well past his retirement. Kids from his charity program that were seen with Sandusky in PSU luxury boxes, at Penn State football practices, etc.
All while, for years, there were whispers about his activity with kids. It's just shitty....
And there was still nothing stopping Paterno from firing him.
Like was he afraid that if he fired Sandusky that Sandusky was going to tell the press it was because he got caught molesting kids? Fuck no. Just fire him on a down year or ban him from the school sooner or I know...REPORT THE WHOLE FUCKING THING. Make a hero of yourself.
You think the general Happy Valley public would have demonize Paterno if he'd have busted out Sandusky for this? Shit no...he'd have been an even bigger hero than he already was.
Clearly Paterno was the second biggest piece of shit of them all.