Quotes of the day

“The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and Graham Spanier have decided that, effective immediately, Dr. Spanier is no longer president of the University. Additionally, the board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately.

“The board has named Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost, as the interim president of the University. Tom Bradley, assistant coach, has been named interim head football coach.”


“The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday it would investigate whether Penn State violated federal law requiring the disclosure of criminal offenses on campus and warnings of crimes posing a threat to the community in its handling of the allegations. U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., requested the Education Department’s involvement on Tuesday.

“‘If these allegations of sexual abuse are true then this is a horrible tragedy for those young boys. If it turns out that some people at the school knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it even worse,’ U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. ‘Schools and school officials have a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from violence and abuse.'”


“Paterno was told about it the day after it happened by Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant coach who testified that he went into the locker room one Friday night and heard rhythmic slapping noises. He looked into the showers and saw a naked boy about 10 years old ‘with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky,’ according to the grand jury report.

“It would appear to be the rare case of a pedophile caught in the act, and you’d think a graduate student would know enough to stop the rape and call the police. But McQueary, who was 28 years old at the time, was a serf in the powerfully paternal Paternoland. According to the report, he called his dad, went home and then the next day went to the coach’s house to tell him.

“‘I don’t even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel,’ the mother of one of Sandusky’s alleged victims told The Harrisburg Patriot-News, adding about McQueary: ‘He ran and called his daddy?’

“Paterno, who has cast himself for 46 years as a moral compass teaching his ‘kids’ values, testified that he did not call the police at the time either. The family man who had faced difficult moments at Brown University as a poor Italian with a Brooklyn accent must have decided that his reputation was more important than justice.”


“Suffice it to say, there ought to be a special place in Hell (which, for purposes of this story, I’m prepared to believe in) for the pieces of garbage involved in this story, a place where the cruelest agony is dispensed as a half-time treat, a Hell to make the Devil himself weep, with a seat on the 50 yard line for me. I’m going to stop here, because all I can think of right now are curse words.

“The media’s treatment of this crime against humanity adds insult to injury. This is nothing new, of course. The nomenclature surrounding ‘sex crimes’ is already hopelessly sterile, and the media routinely refers to cases of rape and sexual assault as ‘sex scandals,’ but that makes it no less important to call them out every time they do it.

“Sandusky is not accused of ‘having sex’ with little boys, he is accused of raping them. In our civilization, ‘sex’ with a child is not possible, since a child cannot consent to sex. As I half-listened to the news all day today, then, and I heard repeated references to ‘the Penn State sex scandal,’ it pissed me off. It made my blood steam a little bit, like a hot cup of coffee.”


“Students are descending on Old Main, chanting ‘Joe Paterno’ and ‘F— the board.'”