Over the course of six decades, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been considered a paragon of virtue. His exploits both on and off the field have given him iconic status.
However, the ultimate legacy of college football’s winningest coach is now in jeopardy as the tragic story of his former defensive coordinator turned alleged serial pedophile unfolds.
With criminal charges pending in at least eight sexual abuse cases, and other alleged victims coming forward daily, the families of the boys whose innocence was taken from them by Jerry Sandusky, as well as society as a whole, are struggling to find answers to anguishing questions.
1.)The tipping point in the case, according to sworn grand jury testimony, was Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary testifying under oath that he was an eyewitness to Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower of the Penn State locker room. Both McQueary and Paterno also testified that McQueary alerted Paterno to the incident right away. Paterno then passed the allegation on to his superior in the athletic department, which is all well and good. But how come neither McQueary, Paterno, nor their superiors managed to contact the police about the incident for eight long years?
2.)McQueary was the starting quarterback on Penn State’s 1997 football team, which spent most of that season ranked in the top 5 of the national polls. The 1997 Penn State football roster lists McQueary as being 6 feet 4 inches tall, and 213 pounds. The rape he was an eyewitness to occurred just a few seasons after the conclusion of his playing days. Therefore, assuming the much younger McQueary could more than handle himself versus the elderly Sandusky, how come he never stepped in to save the boy who was being raped? Why would he just walk away?
3.)Over the course of the eight years that elapsed after the incident McQueary witnessed and reported, was there ever a night that either McQueary, Paterno, or anyone else at Penn State had their conscience wake them up in the middle of the night to call the police and do something?
4.)One of the steps Penn State University took was to ban Sandusky from bringing children from his non-profit charitable organization with him on campus. If you don’t want a guy bringing kids with him on campus, is that perhaps a sign that he shouldn’t even be on campus?