Just when the world had moved on from the Penn State scandal and was finally ready to let Joe Paterno rest in peace, the University's Board of Trustees decided to release an official statement as to why the legendary coach was fired.
"We determined that his decision to do his minimum legal duty and not to do more to follow up constituted a failure of leadership by Coach Paterno."
They are referring to the fact that he only reported the molestation Mike McQueary witnessed Jerry Sandusky perform on a minor to his superiors, instead of the cops.
We don't necessarily disagree, but why the heck did it take this long for the Board to "officially" release that statement. We thought that was the reason all along.
The trustees were apparently asked by the PSU community to "state clearly" the reasons for firing JoePa. It must have taken them this long to figure out an appropriate way to say, "We needed a scapegoat."
The school knew about this case for a LONG TIME before the public found out and therefore, they should have fired Paterno years ago for his leadership "failure". However, shiz hit the fan when the press got wind of the scandal and they needed to place the blame on somebody other than themselves, so Paterno got the axe.
If you ask us, the entire University handled the issue wrong, but it's always easier to only hold a few accountable for something that took a lot of people to cover up in the first place.
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