Joe Paterno was one of the most successful coaches in football history. Thousands of words have already been written about Coach Paterno and what actions he took or failed to take regarding the Jerry Sandusky molestation charges at Penn State. I don't know anything but what I read. What I read is not looking very good.
The Penn State Board of Trustees elected to fire Coach Paterno, along with University President Graham Spanier. This had been expected by most sports fans and coaches, at least here in the USA. Paterno's support weakened as each day passed. On Wednesday, Nov 9, he held a press conference to announce that 2011 would be his final season and he would retire. The decision of when to leave was not left up to him.
In announcing his retirement, Paterno said that the Board of Trustees should not spend any more time on this matter. Well, that pretty much sealed his fate. To me, that remark reflects a man who still did not understand the gravity of the accusations and his lack of moral leadership. In the end, Joe Paterno just did not get it.
I won't have anything further to say about the legal and moral responsibilities of a man in his position other than to remark that I am disappointed.