Did lung cancer kill JoePaterno or did the media? S
The DebateS When legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died of lung cancer on January 22, fans and well-wishers immediately wondered whether it wasn’t just his lungs, but also his heart that had broken during his last days in Happy Valley.
The Man S Paterno became known for his thick glasses, rolled-up pant legs, white socks and football cleats. And as his individual power grew, Penn States program became a behemoth on the national scene. Beaver Stadium kept expanding to more than 100,000 seats, and fans and alumni flocked to games from all over the northeast.
The FalloutS Paterno, who died of complications from lung-cancer treatment on Sunday, Jan. 22,2012 at 85, was fired in November, in part because he failed to report to police the allegations of child sexual abuse against his former longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
S Paterno fulfilled his legal obligation by reporting the accusations to his immediate superiors, but Penn State’s board of trustees, and much of the public, felt that a coach so celebrated for doing the right thing suffered a grave lapse in moral judgment.
Wrongful Punishment?S In the wake of the scandal, Paterno was removed from consideration for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His name was scrubbed off the trophy given every year to the football champion of the Big Ten conference.
Paterno’s RemorsefulnessS “I wish I had done more,” Paterno admitted after his dismissal, which caused a minor riot on campus. Sandusky has been charged with more than 50 counts of child sexual abuse.
A Video of the StoryS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1zK80YIuyw
The PressS “Indictment of former Penn State coach on sex-abuse charges could bring down Paterno,” Philadelphia InquirerS “Paterno cannot and should not survive…” Philadelphia Inquirer
Social MediaS Paternos final chapter, overshadowed by his troubling connection to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, also was reflected in the social-media reaction to his death. Beyond mourning and sadness, it continued the furious debate over sexual abuse of minors and the proper responsibilities of onlookers, colleagues, and superiors who suspect it is happening.
Paterno’s SupportersS Thousands of Penn State students poured onto the streets around the university tonight after the board of trustees fired longtime football coach Joe Paterno amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach.
Paterno’s final daysS Paterno learned of his cancer diagnosis a few days before he was removed from the head coaching position he had held at Penn State for 46 years.
S He left the team amid the sex scandal surrounding former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years while under Paterno’s employ. Paterno was criticized for not going to authorities immediately when he was first made aware of allegations against Sandusky in 2002.
Paterno’s ClassS My life has been filled with sunshine. A beautiful and caring wife. Five healthy children. I got to do what I loved. How many people are that lucky?" – Joe Paterno
S Even though Penn State, numerous media outlets, and certain groups bad mouthed Joe Paterno, he still didn’t budge and never pointed the finger at anyone. He agreed that he should of done more and in his dying days he did not blame the media for his death but a strong argument could be made against that.