Thursday, November 10, 2011

JoePa Fired: Occupy Penn State?

JoePa was fired last night over the phone.  I guess winning a couple of national championships doesn't get you very far when your former defensive coordinator is headed to jail.  When I turned on ESPN this morning, I was surprised to see that Penn State students were rioting in protest of the firing last night.  This just goes to show that even though I'm only two years out of undergrad, I don't get students these days.  I mean seriously, how stupid do you have to be to protest what's probably one of the most obvious decisions in the history of college sports?



First, Penn State students are reacting like they're losing the world's best coach here.  You're losing an aging coach who is clearly past his prime and likely replacing him with Urban Meyer.  The horror.  Keep protesting your way to three national championships in the next ten years, Penn State.  Idiots.  If you're a Penn State student, thank God that you're going to be on campus during the Urban Meyer era and go back to the library or wherever it is you go. 

Secondly, let's talk about the fact that JoePa deserved to get fired.  Let's review the facts of the situation.  He knew that someone formerly on his staff, who he could have kicked off campus at the drop of a hat, was raping young boys, not only on campus, but in the football facilities.  At this point, JoePa had four options:
  1. Don't do anything: In which case, he'd literally be in jail right now.
  2. Call the police:  Yeah, if I was a head coach and I knew someone was raping a minor in my showers you'd need to call the police, on me.  This was the obvious call here.  You call the police and have them pick this dirt bag up.  No questions asked.  You can make the case that this was a friend who he literally knew for decades.  Doesn't matter.  I don't have a single friend who I would even hesitate calling the cops on if I knew they were a rapist. 
  3. Tell the AD, and demand that he call the police:  Not as good as option two, but still plausible because the AD is an administrator and probably better suited to walk the police and the school through the legal issues at stake here.  Again, does it matter if the AD gets involved before or after the police here?  Not really...
  4. Tell the AD, and then don't follow up:  Okay so you tell the AD that this guy is a rapist, and then you don't think anything of it when he's still hanging around team facilities years later?  You're completely okay with that?
Okay, so obviously JoePa picked door number four, but short of option one, which literally would have landed JoePa in prison, this was literally the weakest and worst choice out there.  At a bare minimum, JoePa knew a rapist was hanging around team facilities and either didn't have the courage or didn't care enough to demand his removal AND police involvement.  Honestly, look at those options and tell me that the obvious choices aren't two or three.  How would you even sleep at night knowing that this creep was hanging around your facilities still, the facilities you spent decades forging your legacy in?

There's no place in college football for men who lack the fortitude to do what's right when the stakes are that high.  The fact that so many Penn State students fail to see that is honestly disturbing.

1 comment:

  1. The students are reacting that way because they are struggling with the disillusionment. This is not about Paterno as a coach; it's about the fact that he has come to symbolize that school and, in particular, the school's reputation for integrity. The rug has been yanked out from under their feet. They are young people and this sort of thing must be hard to process. Really, this is their loyalty to their school being expressed in the wrong way.

    BC '91

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