Penn State Is a Plantation, and JoePa Was the Owner

There is a continental stench coming out of Penn State. Step back, consider yourself a neutral observer with no stake in the scandal. Let’s say you knew there was an eyewitness to the (alleged) rape of a child in the Penn State football building. Let’s say the (alleged) rape was performed by a former defensive coordinator, someone who had been a coach at Penn State for 31 years who “retired” in 1999 as coach emeritus. Let’s say he was given an office on campus and access to the university’s football facilities. Finally, let’s say, 34 years ago he founded a statewide charity for troubled young boys, boys he escorted around campus, to Penn State football games, and university social events.

What are you going to do, blame the university? Penn State dealt with Jerry Sandusky harshly after administrators learned of his (alleged) 2002 rape of a ten-year-old boy in the Lasch Football Building. Sandusky was ordered not to bring children from the Second Mile (his charity) into the football building. Not a problem, lots of other buildings around, and his company, Sandusky Associates, continued to use a Penn State satellite campus until at least 2008.

Time passes. Not letting up for a second, Penn State banned Sandusky from campus on November 6, 2011, the day after he was arrested on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys.

Penn State is a plantation, and JoePa was the owner. If you’re a football coach you keep your bags packed. The day you’re hired is one day closer to the day you’re going to be fired. Except at Penn State. The new interim head coach is Tom Bradley. He played for Penn State in 1977 and 1978, was a graduate assistant for the football team in 1979, hired as a coach in 1980. He worked under Sandusky coaching defensive backs, linebackers, defensive ends, and special teams. He’s been part of the Penn State football staff for 32 years.

Dick Anderson was a tight end and defensive end at Penn State from 1960 to 1962 and a graduate assistant in 1963. He was the Penn State offensive line coach from 1973 to 1983, then coached Rutgers, then returned to Penn State in 1990 as offensive line coach and quarterbacks coach. Thirty-four years.

Galen Hall is the offensive coordinator for Penn State. He played quarterback for Penn State in 1960 and ’61. He had a short pro career, coached for Oklahoma and Florida, returned to Penn State in 2004 as offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Seven years.

Larry Johnson is a defensive line/special teams coach and has been on staff since 1996. His son was a wide receiver at Penn State. Fifteen years.

Bill Kenney coaches offensive tackles and tight ends. He was a Penn State graduate assistant in 1988 and on staff since 1989. Twenty-three years.

Jay Paterno, Joe’s son, was a reserve quarterback from Penn State in 1990 and on the Penn State coaching staff since 1995 (tight ends, recruiting coordinator, quarterbacks). Sixteen years.

John Thomas is the strength and conditioning coach for Penn State. Nineteen years.

Ron Vanderlinden, linebackers coach, has been on staff since 2000. Eleven years.

Kermit Buggs is the safeties coach, has been on staff as a graduate student or coach since 2003. Eight years.

You have now seen the entire Penn State football coaching staff as listed on their web page. Mike McQueary (nine years), the child-rape eyewitness and wide receivers/recruiting coordinator is still on the payroll but not mentioned on Penn State’s web page.

Nobody who is smart enough to read this sentence can possibly believe these people didn’t know what was going on. How many times did one or all of them see or hear of Sandusky showering with prepubescent boys? How many times did one or all of them see or hear about a naked Sandusky lathering up boys and “horsing around” in the shower? How many times did one or all of them see or hear about Sandusky putting his hand on a boy’s thigh and on and on?

Here’s the real question: why in the hell is Penn State still playing football? It’s not that this is a difficult moral choice. Penn State should forfeit games for the rest of the season. Then they should fire/let go/resign everybody in and connected to the football department. Then, to be more than fair, let those who wish to reapply for their jobs do so with the understanding that they would be vetted to the tits. Same with the trustees and administrators.

Instead, the cover-up continues and the same people are coaching. It is sickening, and here’s the part that is personally offensive: these “coaches” are turning the rest of us into their accomplices.

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Plantation, Kingdom of Id, closed off island society, or whatever paternalistic and run-from-the-top organization you can think of, it all means the same thing. You get a group of people who think they can do no wrong. Worse yet, they have a warped sense of entitlement about what is permissible.

Joe Paterno's football program put Penn State on the map nationally in a way that no amount of academic or professional accomplishment ever would have done. And that awareness and recognition is worth millions, ultimately billions, in no-strings-attached giving from all quarters. OK, so you are the president. Do you go on campus hunting for dirt in the very place that makes the school a household word? Don't make me laugh. No, you take the recognition and thank your lucky stars every day that you have JoePa toiling away down there at an age when most guys are using walkers or wheelchairs. That's why the president went down with old Joe; he didn't run a clean campus.

This is a particularly nasty form of corruption. But sports always have been subject to abuse.

This is not about sports; it's about butt-banging kids.

You're way off here. Yes the coaches need to be punished and gone but forfeit the rest of the games for an off the field event years ago? What about all the players, the young men on scholorship chasing their dreams of making it to the pros???? Why should they be punished and not be able to play out the season and/or college career?

What you tlaking about???

The players and the teams suffered no punishement of any kind whatsoever. The team did not "forfeit" any games either.

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