Not one story goes by without calling Paterno 'Coach'. This tragedy is not about a 'Coach'. What some sportscasters, fans, and a small but violent flash mob of students fail to realize is that this story is not about sports.
If you look beyond the salacious headlines it is clear that the Penn State scandal is a symptom of the scourge of big money and corporate culture that have infected the social life of our universities.
What if the horror of what happened at Penn State was happening on a larger scale all over the country? What if a Web site made money providing a platform where kids were regularly sold for sex, right here in America?
In a civilized and just society, which god knows our leaders cry out for as they gear up for another election, there can be no tolerance for the use of children for sexual satisfaction.
True, we don't want to create a nation of stool pigeons -- individuals casually going around making complaints to the police. At the same time, we can't allow the enforcement of law for serious crimes to rest on the idiosyncratic limitations of one's moral compass.
It was a toxic, patriarchal culture that drove the priest sex abuse scandals that continue to rock the Catholic Church. And the same toxic patriarchy that infuses college and professional football was at play in the Penn State scandal.
Some will defend Joe Paterno as a scapegoat in this scandal. But, if the details are as they've been reported, Joe made a choice. He had a choice. The victims didn't. Football may be about winning. But life is about choices.
I was raped. By a large, athletic, violent man. I was young, naïve, and defenseless. Being the victim of this unspeakable violence destroyed the k...
I stepped out of the car for 30 seconds, just long enough for our 4-year-old daughter to hear the beginning of NPR's report from Penn State University, where for five days the horrific details of a child-sex-abuse scandal and cover-up have been brought to light.
"If I knew then what I know now" doesn't count for Paterno or Penn State. There is no excuse. There is no apology. Just tell the truth. The truth is what we all want and they should all spend the rest of their lives working on behalf of the victims and their recovery.
That's why Sandusky picked a football locker room to molest his victims -- it was the most un-female space he could find, which made it, at least for him, the safest.
Sometimes life comes down to a few key moments. A path taken -- or not taken. Sadly for Joe Paterno, a life richly filled with good choices will forever be stained with one, inconceivable decision.
I understand that the student body wanted to make a point that the Board of Trustees decision to fire JoePa was not okay with us. However, all that we have done is null if we do not make a difference.
Like the rich, successful actors who play the broken-down Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, our sports performers act as our avatars and our archetypes, on and off the court, field and ice. Truth sometimes flows through them and sometimes it is a hard truth worth learning.
Many say Paterno didn't do anything wrong, but the issue is, he didn't do the right thing.
While the authors scramble to add this latest chapter to Paterno's book, I hope that this will not be the last chapter. I pray that the final one will revolve around what he promised.