Coach Paterno Research Paper

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One of the best college football programs of all times belongs to the Penn State Nittany Lions. The head coach responsible for the success of Penn State was Joe Paterno. When you spoke about Penn State, Coach Paterno’s name was going to come up and vice versa. They had a program that was second to none and always seemed to be playing in the biggest bowl games. “JoPa” was Penn State and was royalty among the students that attended the college. Coach Paterno was a legend when it came to college football. The glory days at Penn State would come to an abrupt halt when longtime defensive coach Jerry Sandusky would be accused of sexual assault of children. The Penn State PR disaster was about to begin not only for the school, but Coach Paterno…show more content…
Sandusky was facing charges that he sexually abused 8 different boys over a 15 year period. In addition to Sandusky, Gary Schultz, who was the vice president of finance and Tim Curley, who was the athletic director were charged with perjury and failure to report what they knew to authorities. Even the top man at Penn State, President Graham Spanier was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Could Coach Paterno escape this nightmare without tarnishing his image? Coach Paterno was never charged with any crime, but a grand jury did indicate that Coach Paterno first heard about abuse back in 2002 and reported it to Curley. However, it was unclear to whether or not Coach Paterno followed through on what he reported. Coach Paterno said, "I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. I turned it over to people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did" (Jenkins, 2012). The grand jury report painted Sandusky as a monster, and put a dark cloud over the…show more content…
Coach Paterno was a name that was synonymous with college football. Sandusky was a successful assistant and was almost as popular as Coach Paterno on campus. In addition, Sandusky founded the Second Mile organization which was for at-risk kids. Sandusky turned out to be a monster and sexually abused the children of Second Mile with some of the abuse taking place at Penn State facilities. Administrators in high positions new about the allegations, but did not follow through on investigating the allegations. The public was sick by what went on at Penn State and in order to help clean up their image, changes needed to happen. Sandusky would get life in prison and everyone else involved, including Coach Paterno and school administrators would be out of a job. In my opinion, removing everyone involved with this case was a great PR move and it was

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