Penn State Students React To Sex Scandal

YORK, Pa. (WJZ)—More fallout from the Penn State sex scandal. Now football coach Joe Paterno may be out the door.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest.

Several Pennsylvania newspapers have called for Paterno to resign. Now there’s word that the winningest coach in college football could be gone in days.

In the middle of an impromptu rally outside his home, Joe Paterno spoke out amidst rumors that his days as Penn State head football coach are numbered.

“I’ve lived for this place,” Paterno said. “I’ve lived for people like you guys and girls.”

The university canceled Paterno’s weekly press conference.

His son says Joe-Pa will coach Saturday.

“Any discussion of an exit strategy has not taken place with anyone that’s advising Joe or Joe himself,” said Scott Paterno, Joe Paterno’s son.

But the New York Times reports the university is planning Paterno’s exit after his former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period.

According to an indictment, a graduate assistant told Joe Paterno he saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a locker room shower.

Paterno told his superiors, but they didn’t call police.

“He did the minimum of what he had to do,” said Zach Rittle, Penn State freshman. “He could have done more. He probably has to go. I don’t want him to go. But he probably has to because of the severity of the situation.” 

Students at the Penn State York campus are worried the scandal reflects poorly on the school.

“I’m going to Penn State because I hear all these great things about it, and something like this is just not good,” said Alyssa Gradus, Penn State student.

At least one more alleged victim has come forward.

Coach Paterno had a message for those affected.

“We all ought to say a prayer for them,” he said.

Now fans are hoping he doesn’t fall victim, too. 

The university Board of Trustees held an emergency teleconference Tuesday night and will meet in the coming days.

Joe Paterno has been the head coach of their football program for 46 years.

Two former university officials have been charged with failure to report the abuse to authorities as required by state law.

Police say Paterno met his legal obligations because he told his superiors.

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  • JW

    Penn State Perverts

  • Jeff

    This whole thing is sick. I know it wasn’t Joe Pa molesting those kids but how do you have knowledge of Sandusky molesting a 10 year old in the locker room showers there at the faclility and still let him continue to be around your program for the next 9 years. Joe Pa did tell his superior, but he did nothing else and knew that nothing was done. Joe Pa saw this guy for 9 more years on a regular basis at Penn States facilities knowing that he was a child molestor and no one told the police. It really is sickening. How can you even have him around your program after that? Sandusky did retire, but he had free range of the facilities and an office.

  • Chase

    As the pedophile scandal continues to unravel at Penn State University, it is important to recognize other interesting connections in this story:

    Wendell Courtney: Courtney represented both Penn State University and “The Second Mile” charity founded by indicted pedophile Gerald Sandusky.

    “According to the Grand Jury presentment, Courtney was at the least made aware of the allegations against Jerry Sandusky that were leveled in 1998. ”Schultz testified that the 1998 incident was reviewed by the University Police and “the child protection agency” with the blessing of then-University counsel Wendell Courtney,” it reads.

    “Courtney was then and remains counsel for The Second Mile.” (Source)

    The 1998 accusations, which involved Sandusky showering nude with a 10 year old male at Penn State, were apparently covered up and not prosecuted. Ray Gricar did not prosecute the accusations, in-spite of witnessing Jerry Sandusky confess to them. Gricar disappeared in 2005, along with the hard drive from his computer, and has since been declared dead.

    Courtney, being aware of such actions, and representing both Penn State and The Second Mile, which claims to have helped over 100,000 youth, finding all of this OK is another scandal in and of itself. At the very least, he had the responsibility to advise Penn State and the Second Mile to terminate their relationship with Sandusky, or face exposure from numerous civil lawsuits from the future victims of a confessed pedophile!

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