“Coach Paterno is not alive to refute them.”

Probably a good thing for him.

Penn State’s legal settlements with Jerry Sandusky’s accusers cover alleged abuse dating to 1971, which was 40 years before his arrest, the university said Sunday, providing the first confirmation of the time frame of abuse claims that have led to big payouts.

1971?  Holy crap.

If you believe money talks, that’s some pretty loud shouting.

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22 responses to ““Coach Paterno is not alive to refute them.”

  1. Heyberto

    Was he that great of an assistant coach? Or what did he have on Paterno? Jesus.

  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Can we get the 83 Sugar Bowl voided and declare ourselves national champs? We were #1 before the game.

  3. Macallanlover

    State Penn’s declarations of innocence are no more believable now than five years ago. The smoke around pedophile Sandusky was swirling for four decades and JoePa ignored it, then ADs ignored, then higher administrators ignored it (as well as District Attorneys) all in the name of protecting their football program and Paterno’s legacy. The arrogance of their self righteousness makes me sick.

    The cowardly actions by the NCAA in letting them off the hook was no surprise but they might as well take the Death Penalty off the books, if you don’t view this as a program out of control, nothing ever will. I can never hear PSU football mentioned without thinking of what their fans and officials were willing to sweep under the rug and turn their heads to. Screw them.

    • gastr1

      And yet, click on the comments on any one of the articles on any news site and you see yahoos complaining that it wasn’t JoePa’s fault. The irony is that in 1971 there was barely a legacy to protect–it was just old-school they’ve-never-been-in-the-arena, us-against-them insular corruption, I guess.

      • Macallanlover

        True, my comments are based more on the past 15-20 years where it seems more was known, by multiple people. The 1971 allegation has only one source if I recall. I don’t doubt it given what came later, but not as certain of the conspiracy at that point. Maybe some smoke in 1971, but it was a forest fire leading up to the time it was finally addressed. How fans can defend that totally escapes me; for them to actually lash out at others is very troubling.

  4. Go Dawgs!

    But sure thing, Penn Schtaters, let’s put the statue of him back up.

  5. John Denver is full of shit...

  6. 3rdandGrantham

    What disgusts me is the Paterno family, led by son Jay Paterno (whom I believe is an attorney), from the beginning seem to be only concerned about protecting Joe’s legacy. Any time new information arises, they immediately put out a public statement either disputing or questioning the new claims, or stating that JoePa knew nothing about any of this.

    You’d think they’d show at least a modicum of compassion or concern for past victims, and the structure left in place for years that allowed a monster like Sandusky to operate, but instead all of their focus has again been on JoePa only and what fragile legacy he has left.

  7. Herschel Krustofski

    This is one of those stories where you think you couldn’t possibly be any more disgusted…and then even more information comes out. I shudder to think about all the additional things we may find out over the coming years.

  8. ASEF

    Ignored. Covered up. Bull shit.

    When they couldn’t keep him as coach anymore, they landed him a gig in charge of a charity mentoring young boys. Put a spotlight on him and called him a great man sacrificing coaching glory to help others. Even attached the Penn State Football seal of approval. They gave the spider the perfect web.

    Think about that. Very little makes me enraged these days because too many things out there are trying to distract me by pushing my buttons. But that web infuriates me.

    • Herschel Krustofski

      It really makes you wonder if Sandusky had something on Paterno and/or others in power…rather than them doing all of this just to protect the Penn State brand.

    • Cosmic Dawg

      Great post, agree 100%.

      The only decent response Penn State could have had after all this came out would have been (in addition to some attempt at comfort and restitution to the families, which they may or may not have done, I don’t know) to literally raze that stinking building and change the mascot.

  9. Herschel Krustofski

    Also, as many as six assistant coaches may have seen Sandusky abuse children going as far back as the 70s…

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sandusky-case-bombshell-did-6-penn-state-coaches-witness-abuse-n569526

  10. Cojones

    Money shouts in this particular case, but not as one may think. The insurance company, in order to not pay money, is assisting law enforcement in proving who knew what and when at PSU so that the insurance company doesn’t have to pay what they show is clearly inaction by responsible PSU officials.

    Those insurance investigators may not have to play by the same rules, can dig up scratchier evidence and could outright influence others to amend statements and coach possible witnesses before depositions are made.
    Sorting out what is fair and just can get dirtied up as well and that may spell out the hell that came with the crime. Money can be spent by insurance companies to ferret out those damning depositions that put the onus on PSU’s back where it belongs. Yep, Senator, money “talks” both for the “good’ (victims plus “victims”) and the bad (perps, enablers and “enablers”).

  11. simpl_matter

    We had a coach/trainer at my high school who abused HS boys for decades, and I’m positive (at least) the rest of the football coaches knew. My older brother warned me about him, told me he tried to scare/mess with all the freshman football players…I realize now he was grooming, looking for kids who responded in a vulnerable way that made them targets.

  12. Just down right scary. Out of my realm of understanding how one can defend these actions. Kinda like the mess in WA state years ago and all the blame the victims. I just do not get it.

  13. Morris Buttermaker

    In September of 2014, the NCAA had this to say about Penn State’s scholarship losses and post season ban over the Sandusky scandal:

    “Due to Penn State University’s significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee today eliminated the school’s postseason ban, effective immediately, and will return the full complement of football scholarships in 2015-16.”

    The above ruling came 2 years ahead of schedule….

    Of course, after the Penn State people sued, the NCAA also gave Paterno 111 wins back in a January 2015 pre-trial settlement.

    Can somebody remind me why Penn State was not given the SMU “Death Penalty” when this disgusting mess was ruled in court?

  14. Walt

    Look at Dennis Hastert and you see how high these perverts can rise in society. Scary stuff.