Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Insider Report: Joe Paterno Fought Penn State's Attempts to Discipline Players

Did Joe Paterno Oppose Penn State's Efforts to Discipline Football Players?

Click Here for interesting report from ESPN that, to me, is at once unsurprising and damning.  It details a recent Wall Street Journal piece based in large part upon discussions with former PSU student disciplinarian Vicky Triponey, who also released a 2005 e-mail she had written to then-PSU President Granham Spanier. 

Here is an excerpt from the 2005 e-mail:

I'll Handle This, Vicky
"[Coach Paterno] is insistent he knows best how to discipline his players ... and their status as a student when they commit violations of our standards should NOT be our concern ... and I think he was saying we should treat football players different from other students in this regard."

"Coach Paterno would rather we NOT inform the public when a football player is found responsible for committing a serious violation of the law and/or our student code, despite any moral or legal obligation to do so."

Ms. Triponey, who resigned from PSU in 2007, held that e-mail for 6 years. I am reminded of the Italian proverb, La vendetta è un piatto che si serve freddo ("Revenge is a dish best served cold").

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