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Poll: Should Joe Paterno Have Been Fired?

Joe Paterno is fired by Penn State after 62 years. Was it justified?

Late Wednesday night, Penn State University relieved .  Paterno has been a coach at the university since 1950, taking over as head coach in 1966.   

Paterno is embroiled in a scandal that involves his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.  .  Sandusky is alleged to have committed the crimes while working with Second Mile, a foundation he established to help needy children.

Paterno is not charged with any crimes; however, he is accused of not doing enough to help prevent the abuses.  Paterno found out about Sandusky’s alleged actions from a graduate assistant and relayed the information to his athletic director, Tim Curley.  His involvement ended there.

In a press conference this week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly declared that the crimes were never reported to local authorities.

"Those officials, to whom it was reported, did not report the incident to law enforcement or any child protective agency, and their inaction likely allowed a child predator to continue to victimize children for many more years,” Kelly issued in a statement.

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Paterno probably fulfilled the legal requirements to report the incidents, however he followed that by asking why Paterno didn’t do more.

“Somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child,” said Noonan.

Paterno attempted to announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, earlier on Wednesday.  However, the board of trustees at Penn State felt that wasn’t soon enough.

So now we ask the Patch readers, what do you think?  Was Penn State wrong to fire their long time coach who is under no criminal investigation?  Was it correct to fire someone who claims that he “could’ve done more” to stop the abuses?  Should Penn State just let Paterno finish the season and move on?

Let us know below.

Gary Englert February 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
@ Hedley: Missed this post earlier...as a matter of fact, yes, I would have full confidence that if I reported a crime to our Mayor that the police WOULD be on it. In West Orange, our Business Administrator was also the Police Director (previously, he was an Undersherrif in Essex County) and now the Mayor is wearing two hats and filling the role. Again, being a little more tuned into police protocols than Joe Paterno likely was, I'd bring a criminal matter to the attention both men, simultaneously.
Gary Englert February 02, 2012 at 03:36 PM
@ barry_geltzeiler: I'm not assuming much of anything about Joe Pa, other than what I know to be common public knowledge. Having (literally and figuratively) grown up in the car rental business (where people trying to rip us off and repossessing stolen cars in places like Newark, Harlem and Bed-Stuy was commonplace) I know I have "street smarts" and more than passing familiarity and interaction with law enforcement. Can I say the same for Joe Paterno? Nope, not to any degree of certainty. I also can't say just how well a 76 year old man was functioning in matters outside of his comfort level and area of expertise, back in 2002. For much f the last decade, the man has been using a motorized scooter to get around the practice fields and, last football season, he coached from a wheelchair.
Nina February 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Gary-- http://www.theonion.com/articles/jerry-sandusky-ill-never-forget-all-the-things-joe,27169/ Enjoy!
Gary Englert February 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
@ Nina: Cute...an unattributed, tongue in cheek, on-line news report, and a photo-shopped picture is just the type of stuff I'd want to rely on to make an informed decision...NOT!
RC February 02, 2012 at 07:33 PM
gary---sorry they saw fit to Delete my Comment for you...Sad world we live in when the wording hurts those that Condem!! Glad you read it at least!! "Penn State Proud!!"

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