Boom. Penn State Fires Joe Paterno (w/ a VIDEO chronology) & CNN Kicks ESPN's Butt

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"Joe Paterno is no longer the head football coach, effective immediately." -- John Surma, Vice Chair, Penn State Board of Trustees

Boom.

Nothing is forever. We all knew there would be a day when Joe Paterno would no longer be the coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, if there were a Vegas-style big board for odds on what would end JoePa's tenure as the lead man in Happy Valley, it probably would have had "Dying on the sidelines -350" as the odds-on favorite.

I'm fairly certain that "Child rape scandal cover-up" wouldn't have been on the board. But sadly and (as I pleaded in my post yesterday) correctly, that ticket paid last night when the board of trustees announced that Paterno, along with university president Graham Spanier, would be relieved of their duties effective immediately.

Once the announcement was made, then all hell broke loose.

It started in the board of trustees press conference where the small-town media went into fullblown torch-and-pitchfork mode on the university's board members with Surma as the lightning rod to take all of the hits. The questions, by and large, centered around the board's thieving of Joe Paterno's dignity by not only preventing him from finishing the season, but notifying him of his ouster over the telephone (as if Joe Paterno leaving his house to go anywhere publicly to receive his firing was going to be a safe option for the media or a convenient option for Paterno himself).

Not surprisingly, the yokels in the Happy Valley press corps failed to bring up Paterno's main lieutenant thieving the innocence of what will end up being dozens of young boys, nor did they mention the dignity of the ten year old Jerry Sandusky raped in the shower.

While the so-called journalists at the announcement of Paterno's fate were conducting a verbal assault on our ears, a faction of the Penn State student body took to the streets, conducting a physical assault on the streets of State College. The enduring symbol of the carnage will probably be this television van, which was flipped over and torn apart by the mob...

The story of this mess begins and ends with Sandusky, Paterno, the Penn State administration's blind eye, and most importantly (and most often trivialized) the victims. Secondarily, I will always remember the coverage of this night on television. With the firehose of media resources at our avail in 2011 and our continued desensitization to what constitutes "shocking and compelling," nights like last night are more and more rare, surreal nights where you're glued to the television wondering what could happen next.

Last night was one of those nights -- newsworthy, historical, legacy-changing. It was tailor-made for a media outlet with hustle and with no agendas. So needless to say, ESPN failed in cataclysmic fashion.

Up until last night, most of ESPN's failures in covering Penn State had been centered around what appeared to be a willful passivity toward the story, perhaps to help protect the Penn State brand, which in ESPN's world amounts to one of the main characters in their on-air drama called "College Football." In other words, their failures in coverage until Wednesday were strategic in nature, as the ESPN ombudsmen pointed out in a scathing piece on ESPN's website.

Unlike the first few days of the story, ESPN's failures Wednesday night were entirely in execution. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, they were calling the wrong plays. Wednesday, they were dropping the ball. These gaffes included but were not limited to:

-- The board of trustees press conference. While ESPN was carrying a clunky, static-laden audio feed of one of the most important press conferences in the history of college football, CNN (an actual news organization) was carrying a video feed with crystal clear audio. In theory, ESPN should have lost every interested consumer of this story to channel changing while the press conference was going on, and because even the audio was better on CNN, they should have lost the blind demographic as well.

-- The beginning of the riots. CNN had cameras stationed throughout State College and feet on the ground in the middle of the riots. ESPN had nothing, and it appeared that any correspondents they had near anything dangerous consisted of local journalists doing ESPN's bidding. With the largest army of people and technology in the sports broadcasting business, ESPN was stuck giving viewers another round of Trevor Matich's thoughts in studio while CNN was showing us what was transpiring.


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Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

Somehow my comment ended in mid sentence.  It should have ended this way:..... going to end up having to pay thevictims big time!

Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

I believe that Paterno was fired not because he failed to notifythe police, but because university officials are trying to head off a shitstormof lawsuits and soften any damage payments, a la the lawsuits against theCatholic Church.  I’ve got news for them– even if they fired everyone associated with Penn State, razed the campus andmoved it to another location, and changed the university’s name, they are notgoing to avoid those lawsuits and they’re go

regent032
regent032

I listened to the radio interview and I was thinking the same thing.  The "dean of linebacker U", the defensive coordinator of 2 national championship teams, the heir apparent, the coach in waiting, suddenly retires and no one wonders why? Now we know that he announced his "retirement" the same year that he was investigated by Penn State campus police for improprieties with a child.  And they want us to believe coach Paterno knew nothing about that? I was under the impression college coaches were called by campus police whenever one of their student-athletes gets in even the tiniest amount of trouble.  It's hard to believe that someone didn't contact Joe Paterno in 1998 and let him know there had been these claims against his defensive coordinator.  I also find it hard to believe that there weren't discussions among alumni, ex players and boosters about "good old Jerry" at all those banquets and golf tournaments they gather at.  There were no whispers? No rumors? None of them questioned why someone they all respected and who was only in his mid 50's and at the peak of his career is just walking away? He didn't leave to take a head coaching job at another University, even though he had claimed in interviews at the time to want one.  He didn't leave to go coach in the NFL.  He didn't even leave to coach high school.  He just quits.  Yet he still hangs out and even still had an office at the Penn State facilities, and no one questions this at all?  Nah, I ain't buying it. I'd bet that before it's over it'll be revealed that a lot more people knew and they all followed coach Paterno's lead and kept their mouths shut.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Where is the information about the Clery reports missing from the university web site?

Clery reports are the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act, a federal law.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

If a university violates the Clery Act they say bye-bye to their federal funding to include guaranteed student loan dollar.

Universities are not usually that stupid!

Where is the campus police chief? S/he is responsible for Clery reporting!

If someone is trying to enable the athletic department at Penn State to shoot itself in the foot this is one way to do it if you DON'T know about the Clery report data.

Messing with crime data for the Clery report will shut down the university, not just the athletic department.

There is much more to know!

Gaff in a Head Act
Gaff in a Head Act

Think it's time we quit treating football as a religion? More specifically, the Catholic religion?

Yuan Yi Peng
Yuan Yi Peng

[ Begging for helps ] Complaint about Human Rights Violations by IBM China on Centennial 

Please Google:

IBM detained mother of ex-employee on the day of centennial     orHow Much IBM Can Get Away with is the Responsibility of the Media      orTragedy of Labor Rights Repression in IBM China

Debalazo
Debalazo

Adding to my frank comments above, while the Catholic Church is certainly a focus of corruption today, nothing is ever mentioned publicly that the Vatican was hijacked, for the nth time in history, by a pack of 'jew-daic' ashkenazi-khazarian vandals. Check their names and features. A false flag attack on Christianity via Churchianity by the remnants of the crucifiers themselves. Dont' let the log blind the eye. 

Debalazo
Debalazo

Agree with you, football is as worthless as pot, coke (both), diarrhea, but to mention specifically the Catholic religion, or Churchianity, seems peculiar, while an out of proportion sodomites involved are 'jew-daics', the forbidden tag for ashkenazi-khazarians. And neither you nor the media noticed it? Log in the eye.

H_e_x
H_e_x

But how else will mouthbreathers get into college?

Tony
Tony

Heck no.  Just becuase you got cut from the Jr. High team does not mean every coach is playing hide the sausage.

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