Joe Paterno and the Degradation of American Culture
New York Times, headline: “Penn State Said to be Planning Paterno’s Exit Amid Scandal.” Now, there are some crazy things about this story involving Jerry Sandusky abusing young boys at Penn State. Paterno didn’t. The media, sports media’s been after Paterno to quit, resign for ten years. “He’s too old. Life has passed him by. Football has passed him by; he’s a fuddy-duddy. He’s 84 years old, got no business coaching football, got no business being around college-age football players. You can’t relate to ’em. What the hell does he know about them. He’s gotta get out!” This has been a refrain in the sports media for years, but Paterno hangs in there. Joe Paterno, up until now, has had something that very few people in this country die with — and that’s an impeccable reputation.
But that’s gone now, and the media is going to see to it, and this is all part of a nation in decline. “Joe Paterno’s tenure as coach of the Penn State football team will soon be over, perhaps within days or weeks, in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal that has implicated university officials, according to two people briefed on conversations among the university’s top officials. The board of trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a prestigious national brand will not survive to coach another season. Discussions about how to manage his departure have begun, according to the two [unnamed] people.