I am not a Penn State fan, but I have lived in PA my entire life and go to school 40 minutes away. It's nuts here. Nublar looks calm compared to some people. And it goes both ways. Some are too worried about PSU football, but other act like JoePa raped the kids (and are even calling him a rapist).
Truth be told, I feel he should have been fired (and I don't like saying that cause... well JoePa was an icon in this state) because of how the school's reputation was all destroyed. But the fact that it's coming out that a Cop was informed and did nothing, and others on campus knew and did nothing makes me feel like JoePa is getting too much blame.
Paterno knew. In your own words, he WAS Penn State. For a man that preaches values and coined the term "the grand experiment" concerning morality and football, he failed the one time his own ethics came into play. He could have started an investigation. Hell, he could have done something as simple as called the police. He decided not to. Apathy(the put it kindly and not accuse him of looking the other way so he could protect his legacy) is part of this cover up.
And really? I know your enraged and depressed, but your blaming the parents of the victims? Its some conspiracy against Joe Paterno? Its all against Penn State because rape victims took years to build up the courage to come out into the public? Amazing.
And for the record, i live in Tallahassee. Little guy by the name of Bobby Bowden coached here. Actually meet him more then a few times during various charity events. Got into a scandle himself, then got fired in a Brett Favre-ish fashion a few years later. He's still bitter about it. So yeah, i do tend to know about big time coaches and their communities.
As Gonzo pointed out, its quite shocking how misplaced Penn State fans angry is. Then again, as Paterno was the one preaching about values, it really shouldnt surprise me that their fans are more angry that a coach who helped cover up multiple rapings was fired than they are about those rapings in the first place.
Our scandal has been irrelevant since about two weeks after it came out. There were so many holes in that scandal from the get-go that it didn't take long for people to just forget about it.
No doubt in my mind that the **** that went on at Miami happened. The problem is proving any of it. The NCAA isn't going to nail Miami to the wall like many are hoping.