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:
- Don't do anything: In which case, he'd literally be in jail right now.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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?
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.