I’m glad they didn’t appeal, don’t get me wrong. But it has been gnawing at me for a couple of days, so I thought I’d throw it out to you.
Why do you think they took every sanction without even considering an appeal?
The first answer is the obvious one… they want to get this behind them asap. and they are not going to fight 6 months on a sanction that will keep it in the public eye. That makes sense.
But I sense something else.
I think something else is lurking in the background that certain people at Penn State know about and hope no one finds out. If people start sniffing around, they might uncover some unsavory stuff.
What bothers me: Back in the late 90’s when Paterno and Penn State allegedly first found out about Sandusky’s behavior, instead of firing him outright and turning him over to the authorities, Paterno and the few above him that knew decided on the tragic course that we all now know. But now I’m asking why.
Personally, I don’t think Paterno believed for a moment that firing and turning Sandusky in would reflect poorly on Paterno or the University. I keep hearing talk about how they all wanted to protect Penn State and Paterno’s legacy. But how could a pedophile, who was outed, fired and arrested have any negative consequences to Paterno’s legacy? If anything, turning Sandusky in would have strengthened Paterno’s legacy as an honest and forthright guy, willing to do the right thing no matter how it hurt a good friend in Jerry Sandusky, or how it might negatively impact PSU, if at all.
They didn’t fire him outright. Why? Sandusky, as many of you know and has been discussed on the board was a very highly regarded coach, who was interviewed and offered head coaching jobs over the years. When he was fired from Penn State, eyebrows were raised that he never went anywhere. He was in line for the head coaching job after Paterno retired, but that went away after the firing. So why did Sandusky stay?
I suspect that what Paterno was truly afraid of is a recruiting scandal, one which would have buried the pious and above board Paterno. THAT’S what he was afraid was going to tarnish his legacy.
Sandusky was a major recruiter, and a great one. So it isn’t hard for me to believe that they went to fire Sandusky and he said, “well, if you do that, I am going to open the doors on everything I know about recruiting violations.” All of a sudden, he’s given an office on campus and has access to everything in the football department, including the showers. There was an uncomfortable truce between Sandusky, Paterno and the school.
My guess is that Paterno had so much power and he was so focused on being the winningest coach in Division 1, that he pressured the administration to go along with him and keep Sandusky around… sort of at arms length, so you always have an idea where he is and what he’s up to. But more importantly, who he’s talking to.
Maybe it was a recruiting scandal for the ages. Maybe it wasn’t, but was going to cost Joe a season or two of wins, which at his age he couldn’t afford to lose if he wanted the record.
As disgusting as the Sandusky discovery and then cover-up was, it certainly wasn’t a PSU football scandal at the time, nothing that would cost Paterno wins, for example. Sandusky’s raping of children wasn’t helping the team win any games, so I doubt the NCAA would have done anything to Paterno or Penn State at that time that would have impacted the school or Paterno negatively.
No, there is something else here. Something that Paterno was willing to sacrifice innocent kids for. What could that have been? Other than a recruiting scandal, run by Paterno and Sandusky, that is? This seems to be the only thing that fits here.
Anyone have any other ideas or thoughts on my theory? Or different reasons why Paterno did what he did?