Just watched a testy press conference on CNN in which the Penn State Board of Trustees threw up their first firewall to try to contain the damage of the Jerry Sandusky one-man child rape gang by firing Joe Paterno and the President of Penn State, Graham Spanier. It was testy because the person speaking refused to answer basically any questions, while half of the reporters seemed intent on defending the legacy of Joe Paterno and attacking the board.
Like I said, though, this is just the first firewall, and it will not contain the damage. Reading the reports of the charges, it seems obvious to me that a large number of people knew what was going on and basically did what they could to quietly hush things up while not really addressing the disgusting criminality of the situation. Like every scandal of this nature, it’s just absurd to think that only Spanier and Paterno knew- dozens of people had to know. The next firewall the Board will likely throw up is having Schultz and Curley fired and have the university stop paying for their lawyers, and I fully expect McCreary, the GA who saw the anal rape in the showers and who was rewarded with a coaching spot, to be in the next firing line. And as it always is, the more bodies that turn up, the more links to other people who knew will turn up, and the press will get motivated, and in a couple months we’ll have a clearer picture of what happened. These don’t happen in vacuums, and once the floodgates open and the people involved realize silence is no longer their best option (and that immunity sounds enticing), we’ll get some pretty amazing stories coming forward.
My personal guess is that we’ll find out the dozens of people knew, including people on the board, and that there were all sorts of machinations and bribery involving campus police and who knows what else. We may even learn that this was what was behind the attempts to push Paterno out in the early 2000’s. And best of all, I’ll bet it was all done in the name of preserving JoePa’s legacy.