I'm a big fan of Tom Selleck's character in the Jesse Stone movies on CBS. There was one line in particular that has always stuck with me:
Most people don't have trouble seeing what's right and wrong. Doing it is sometimes complicated, but knowing what's right isn't so hard.
- Jesse Stone, Night Passage
That short statement really has saved my butt a time or two as I've been caught with a tough decision where the right course of action was the hard one. It really sums up everything that is wrong with the current Penn State travesty.
It's unfortunate. We preach, preach, preach and they stepped out of line. They deserve what they're going to get. Whatever that's going to be, I don't know. My feeling on all of this is they have a responsibility to the program, they have a responsibility to themselves, to their family.
Source: Paterno suspends players for Saturday's game vs. Oregon State - espn.com
That was Joe Paterno, in 2008, when several players were found in possession of marijuana. Another player, Willie Harriott, was kicked off the team and it is believed to be due to drunk driving charges.
Neither of those issues hold a candle to what was perpetrated by Sandusky, "reported" by McQueary, and all but ignored by Paterno and other Penn State administrators and employees.
I'm a Penn State graduate and I have a lot of fond memories of the school. Despite some of the professors best efforts, I think I got a pretty solid education there. I met my wife there. My children look forward to visiting the campus and, at two years and four years old, both love to chant "WE ARE ... PENN STATE!"
So it is with a bit of sadness, but no regret, that I agree that Joe Paterno should step down from his position as head coach.
And, as Billy Beck
points out, the real question is "Why didn't Mike McQueary just punch Jerry Sandusky's lights out, on the spot?"