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The legacy of Joe Paterno

I am a big Joe Paterno fan.  I always have been but as Dan Wetzel writes, the allegations against the coaching legend are serious enough to forever taint his legacy.

Pennsylvania law asks employees to pass the information up their chain of command, where it fell on Curley to tell authorities. However, Paterno is no normal middle manager. He is a powerful and iconic figure across the state and Curley worked as much for him as he did for Curley.

Joe PaternoPaterno also built his reputation as much for his moral compass and NCAA compliance as his 409 career victories in his five-plus decade career as head coach at Penn State. Paterno has always been about doing more than the letter of the law.

How could he possibly agree that there was concern that something inappropriate may have occurred between an old man and a young boy in the shower of what should’ve been a closed locker room yet apparently believe the information wasn’t inappropriate enough to call the cops himself?

There is no sliding scale here. There is no reasonable explanation for a then 58-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy to be in that situation. This was a potential sexual assault of a minor occurring inside Paterno’s own locker room, by a long-time assistant coach and former player.

McQueary shouldn’t have had to provide explicit detail of what he saw for Paterno to be outraged and spring to action.

What Paterno heard and how he heard it was enough to call his boss to his home on a Sunday. It also should’ve been enough to follow up with police and continue to pursue it in the ensuing years.

Legally Paterno wasn’t required to do more. But since when has just doing enough been sufficient for a man such as Paterno?

Paterno wants us to wait for the legal system to play out but why not bring in the legal system in 2002?  I can’t help but feel that this is in many ways more connected to the corruption and the grotesque thing that NCAA football has allowed itself to grow into than we want to admit. 

If he had called the police, it would have been one more reason to respect Paterno.  By not doing something more, it will tarnish his reputation forever.

Update: Here is what it feels like to be a part of Penn State right now.

The Tiger Slam

Dan Wetzel has it right when he writes about the Tiger Woods crash.  He doesn’t have anything to gain from addressing the media.

He’s a golfer, not a moral-crusading politician. Saying nothing may not convince people who suspect this was a wild marital incident – TMZ.com is reporting some of Woods’ injuries came from Elin, not the car crash – but no amount of explaining will do that.

People are going to believe what they want. He’s a cad. She clubbed him. Whatever. It’s too late for damage control now.

The only problem is those pesky cops. No one likes being lied to, but the police can do something about it. Unless Elin’s unbelievable story is somehow true, then this gets a little tricky.

Let’s say this was as crazy as you can dream up. I wouldn’t blame Elin or Tiger, in the heat of the moment, from trying to concoct a story that made it sound a little more innocent. Other than the fire hydrant, there’s no aggrieved party here. No crime was committed – unless you want to stick Tiger with driving without a seat belt.

They should be able to move on.

The police may see it differently.

So what does and doesn’t get explained to investigators – comments that will become public via the police report and could cause further legal headaches – is paramount.

Which is why you can’t blame Tiger and Elin for delaying the interview a couple of days, or indefinitely, if possible.

As much as America wants to know the truth, it’s their life, perfect or not. I’d be stunned if Tiger didn’t just politely hand over his information, lawyer up and deal with whatever he needs to deal with in his typical manner – privately.

Bulls vs. Celtics

I don’t know if you have been watching the NBA playoffs but this has been an amazing series.  As Dan Wetzel sees it.

Derrick Rose plays defense on the Boston Celtics

Back to Boston for Game 7 – just like the Basketball Gods (Michael Jordan? Larry Bird?) preordained it. You might as well get ready for an overtime or three, because a series this great, with performances this grand, wasn’t meant for regulation time.

There was no other way to conclude what is perhaps the finest non-Finals series in NBA history. Thursday was another masterpiece of endearing endurance, a game with literally everything.

I agree, I don’t think I have enjoyed a playoff series since the Pistons were trying to dethrone the Boston Celtics in the late 1980s and then the Bulls were knocking the Pistons off the block in the early part of the 1990s.  I don’t know who will win tonight but the rest of the playoffs will be hard to match this one.