Paterno had to know story would surface

CINCINNATI - Penn State's Athletic Departments' website establishes right minded priorities immediately upon logging on:

The Penn State Athletics family is devastated by the details in the Grand Jury presentment. Our hearts go out to the children involved and their families.

Every day we are entrusted with the lives of young people, and we do not- nor have we ever- taken that trust lightly. We are outraged that a valued trust has been broken. We can promise you that we are doing everything in our power to restore that broken trust. Everyone within athletics - coaches, administrators, staff and student-athletes- are committed to this pledge.

Mark C. Sherburne
Acting Director of Athletics
Penn State University

Athletic Director Timothy Curley not available to sign off on that proclamation as he is under indictment.

His reputation in tatters, Joe Paterno Wednesday announced that he would retire effective at the end of the season. Potentially four more games and a bowl posting. The embattled legend said his hope was to finish his 46th season, with as he put it, "dignity and determination."

That hope ended last night with his dismissal by the Penn State Board of Trustees that also canned President Graham Spanier. He was apparently informed by among others Paterno, Curley and Senior VP for Finance and Business of a sordid tale of sexual abuse of young boys by a long time assistant coach and never told the police.

That was in 2002. Hard to imagine how many other young men were sodomized by Jerry Sandusky while the administrators sought to protect the reputation of the University. Hard to fathom that supposedly smart men did this.

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