Paterno had come under increasing criticism — including from within the community known as Happy Valley — for not doing more to stop the alleged abuse by Sandusky. Some of the assaults took place at the Penn State football complex, including a 2002 incident witnessed by then-graduate assistant McQueary.
McQueary went to Paterno and reported seeing Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the Penn State showers. Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary Schultz, who in turn notified Spanier.
A source told ESPN’s Joe Schad that Paterno recalls McQueary “vaguely” referencing “fondling” or “touching” or “horsing around” by Sandusky and a youth. But Paterno never had the understanding that McQueary had witnessed a “sodomy” or “rape.”
Folks I just don’t know where to begin with this one. JoePa was informed of the abuse by McQueary, who claimed to have witnessed it. Neither reported the incident to the police, but McQueary’s role as a witness makes his error of omission much worse than Paterno’s.
However while JoePa rightly got canned – the guy was even on the board of directors at Second Mile – McQueary will be coaching this weekend. I just can’t see how that’s even remotely morally defensible.
At this point, I’m beginning to fear that the only way to rid Penn State of whatever clearly ails it might be to raze the place. Not only is this the worst sports scandal in history, the school’s leadership has also managed to make it the worst handled sports scandal in history.