The Place Where JoePa Stood


Trees now line the area outside Beaver Stadium where the statue of Joe Paterno once stood.

The trees could be seen Saturday, a day after the statue was moved from Beaver Stadium.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the statue was moved Friday.

The statue’s current location is not reported, and Penn State spokesman David La Torre said the university will not be answering any questions about it.

“We don’t comment on the statue,” La Torre wrote in an email.

The statue was removed last Sunday on the heels of the release of Louis Freeh’s findings — a 267-page report that found Penn State officials were involved in a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse allegations. Paterno, along with members of the Penn State administration, was found to have direct knowledge of the allegations and did not report them.

In the days leading up to the statue’s removal a banner plane flew through State College with the message, “Take down the statue or we will.”

The university has not released information of what the long-term future of the statue will be.

An Alabama Fan Speaks Out to Help Penn State!

Tide fan Alston Noah has set up a page on fundraising website Indiegogo asking fellow Alabama fans to contribute to a fund that will be donated to the Penn State student government later this year. In a statement on the page, Noah states that he hopes his “Elephants For Lions” campaign will help the Penn State fans and alumni, who he believes were unjustly punished for the crimes of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Noah’s full statement on the page reads:

My name is Alston and I am a graduate of the University of Alabama. I am seeking 100,000 donations from avid college football fans.
It is important to college football Penn State return to an atheletic powerhouse as soon as possible. The NCAA has spoken but so many innocent fans and players were punished for the criminal acts of one. The Nittany Lions are strong and growing stronger everyday. I want to do my part to help.

Its time to step in and help. All funds raised will be given to Penn State University in October 2012. The President of the Student Government Association will have the responsibilty to direct the funds in his/her best efforts to promote the Mission of Penn State University.
This is a simple way to send a clear message to the Penn State family, we care and want to help.
Roll Tide

We (Noah & others) would like to hear from Alabama fans: would you donate money to help Penn State recover from its NCAA sanctions?

It’s time to investigate Corbett’s role in the Sandusky scandal

By mmorrill on July 26, 2012 12:28 PM

The repercussions of the Jerry Sandusky crimes keep adding up.
  • Thankfully, Jerry Sandusky was found guilty and will never be free to rape children again.
  • The Freeh Report revealed the culpability of the leadership at Penn State where some have lost their jobs and others are facing criminal prosecution for their roles in the cover-up.
  • Earlier this week the Penn State football program received unprecedented penalties by the NCAA.

We can argue the appropriateness of the level of punishment, but at least people are finally being held accountable for their roles in the Sandusky rapes and cover-up.

But one person has not held accountable–Tom Corbett.  In both his role as Pennsylvania‘s Attorney General and as Governor, Corbett apparently had numerous opportunities to stop Sandusky that he didn’t take.  I say apparently, because he refuses to answer questions about what he did or didn’t do.  When a reporter has the audacity to raise questions, Corbett indignantly blusters and threateningly chastises the questioner.

That is probably why no one has called for an investigation into Corbett’s role–until now.

Since Corbett has not been forthcoming, Keystone Progress is requesting that PA Attorney General Linda Kelly, Senate President pro tem Joseph Scarnati and Speaker of the House Samuel Smith begin a formal investigation into Corbett’s role in the Sandusky scandal.

The major question that needs to be answered is why did Corbett wait years to get Sandusky off the street?  I’ve talked to four prosecutors and asked them when they would have arrested Sandusky.  Each of them said they would have arrested him immediately after hearing the testimony of an eye witness.  Each of them said the first priority is to stop the rape of children by getting him off the street.  The investigation can continue after he’s locked up.  None of them could understand why Corbett waited years to have Sandusky arrested.

That still begs the question.  Why did Corbett wait so long?

Chris Freind, one of the most conservative columnists in Pennsylvania, summarizes it this way:

“One of two things seems to be true, as there is no third option. Either A) you were an incompetent attorney general, which virtually no one believes, or B) the investigation was deliberately understaffed and drawn out because you did not wish to be the gubernatorial candidate who took down fabled Penn State – with its massive and intensely loyal alumni network – and the beloved Joe Paterno. Since doing so would have presented difficult campaign challenges, many are asking if politics was placed above children’s safety.”[i]

Friend is right.  Those are the only two options.  If Corbett is simply a bumbling Governor and Attorney General, the people will take care of that in 2014.

If, however, Corbett intentionally kept a child rapist on the street to further his political career, it is morally reprehensible and probably criminal.

That’s why we’re calling on Pennsylvania’s law enforcement and legislative leaders to conduct an independent investigation into Corbett’s role as Attorney General and Governor.

We are under no illusions about asking Republicans to investigate Corbett.  There’s not much chance they will put politics aside and do the right thing.  But we have to hope that they will do just that.  In a state dominated by one party we have no other choice.  If they don’t respond, we’ll try other avenues.

Please sign our petition by clicking here.  Then spread the word to friends and family.

It’s time to get answers and only public pressure can get them.

Michael Morrill Executive Director, Keystone Progress

Penn State Did Not Have Proper Legal Counsel on Compliance Issues

Boston Business Journal

The recently released Freeh Report reflects institutional and individual failures at Penn State throughout the organization. But one Penn State department escapes blame, at least for the failure to report Sandusky’s apparent rape of a child in a university locker room in February 2001: the university’s Office of General Counsel.

How so? Remarkably, at the time of the event in question, the university had no Office of General Counsel. In fact, it had “no centralized office, officer or committee to oversee institutional compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures.”

Penn State utterly marginalized compliance, and this remarkable organizational void undoubtedly played a significant role in enabling Sandusky’s predatory behavior.

On Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, a graduate assistant witnessed Sandusky assaulting a child in a Penn State locker room. By the following Monday it had been reported to head football coach Joe Paterno, to the athletic director and the senior vice president and, ultimately, to the university president.

Because Penn State didn’t have a general counsel, a university senior vice president called outside legal counsel. Outside counsel’s bill reflects a telephone call, some legal research, and then another telephone call: 2.9 hours in all. Outside counsel, based on advice from his own lawyer, has now refused to discuss the legal work that took place that Sunday.

But two things seem clear: There was no report to any law enforcement or child protection agency, and no record of any follow-up from outside counsel to Penn State to ensure the matter had been properly reported and that the child had been identified and treated.

In 2010 Penn State hired its first general counsel. She has since retired. But filling the general counsel slot didn’t change the culture.

In November 2011, once criminal charges were brought and the magnitude of the scandal had become apparent, one trustee suggested the university retain an outside group of professionals to conduct an investigation. In an astonishing email, which seems to reflect all too well management’s attitude toward its board’s oversight function, the general counsel wrote to the president: “If we do this, we will never get rid of this group in some shape or form. The board will then think that they should have such a group.”

The lesson, once again, for any corporate board and senior management team: Take compliance seriously, place responsibility for it close by (maybe in the office next door), and ensure that whoever is responsible has the ear of the board and the institutional prestige to be heard.

Myke’s comment:  Again, it is the failure of the University Board of Trustees and the President, Vice President, and Athletic Director’s failure–not Joe Paterno’s (and/or the failure  of a “football crazed” community!)