Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:17 PM
First off, as a sophomore here at PSU U Park, I will admit bias but, I also believe that my opinions are logically rooted. And, I also want to say that I was not part of the riots last night, because apparently unlike a lot of my classmates I had an exam to study for. But now for my thoughts....
I am very much against the firing of Joe Paterno. In hindsight (which we all know is 20/20), yes, he could have and should have done more, and even he has admitted that, and said that he wishes he had done more. However, at the time, what more did you want him to do? He informed his superiors, the AD (Curley (still has a job (on administrative leave))), and the chief of University Police (Schultz (has criminal charges coming against him for perjury, but I believe still has a job (correct me if I'm wrong))). At this point, he had to believe (just like most people) that the situation would get dealt with if his superiors determined the situation called for it. Unfortunately, they decided to basically slap Sandusky on wrist, and cover the whole thing up. So why is it that Joe Paterno was the only one fired through all of this (technically Spanier resigned)? Why does McQueary, who actually witnessed the damn thing (and walked away!!!!!), not only still have a job, but is being allowed to coach from the sidelines Saturday, still have a job? The only reason is that the university wanted to make a statement that they were taking action, and decided that firing the legendary football coach, who had already said he was retiring after the season anyway, was high enough profile for them.
Beyond that, they handled it terribly. As I heard on ESPN earlier today, "if you can send a courier to Paterno's house to deliver a letter to tell him to call a number at a certain time (how shady does that sound?), to inform him of his release by phone, you can tell him in person." The man has brought this school and incredible amount of prestige, donated millions of dollars to build a library on campus, and simply has been the face of the university (today I ate lunch at a sandwich place called "Joegies") for almost a half a century now. What honestly does a man have to do to get the dignity of being fired in person?!
Also, they had to know that the riots would take place. Most of the well-informed students have the same opinion as me, and the not-so-well-informed ones love JoePa because he's JoePa and will go get drunk and riot because they think it's good sport. They could've prevented this, and the negative publicity it is making by letting Joe retire after the season, on his own terms, like he wanted to. The students would have been fine with that. We all view JoePa as almost a second father, and if you can't rip him away without a backlash. That said, those riots were stupid, that didn't do any good. Joe wouldn't have wanted that. We all agree on that.