Originally Posted by Runner
It also stood out to me that what Paterno said he was told was far different from the detailed grand jury testimony. That's a pretty thin thread to hang onto though, given the fact that other investigations that took place should have raised his awareness level.
Am I for burning an innocent man at the stake? No. I'm also not for covering up what happened to protect a guilty man.
As you say, we need to let this play out. I find it likely that many, many people share culpability in the end. Initial evidence is damning and will be hard to counter.
That's really all I'm saying. It needs to play out. People need to testify and the story needs to be uncovered.
I don't know how he's treated there. I mean, I know Paterno "walks on water" like coaches at other huge programs. Bear Bryant, Eddie Robinson, etc; but I don't know to what degree he is at 75 (then) or 84 (now) a figurehead. Does everybody keep ugly details from JoePa? Is he a stuffed bear they trot out or is he active in running the program? I just don't know that so I'm saying if he's detached from the details then I could see him being unaware that it was happening.
I'm just saying hold up on the firing squad until we know what's happened and who did/knew/said/hid what.