Ten years after Sandusky scandal, what did Penn State learn? – Los Angeles Times

Former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky’s conviction for sexual abuse of boys 10 years ago shook the university to its core. What is the lasting effect?
— Read on www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-11-05/what-penn-state-learned-from-jerry-sandusky-10-years-later

6 Comments on “Ten years after Sandusky scandal, what did Penn State learn? – Los Angeles Times”

  1. Mary deYoung says:

    Why do we have to keep learning this lesson? Institutions always heal faster than individuals, especially survivors and their families; trust can never be restored by the empty rhetoric of “May no act of ours bring shame,” or “Putting people who need help first.” The Sandusky scandal was the result of a systemic failure; to prevent its reoccurrence systemic change has to take place. But the game is rigged–who’s going to take on that task of changing a powerful, high profile, money-making machine like Penn State. . .or Michigan State? What institutions really learn from scandals such as this is to bury the next one deeper so it won’t come to light as quickly, or at all.

    • cathybroad says:

      No kidding, Mary. Which is why the monetary cost to these institutions needs to be exponentially bigger than their ability to bury this stuff. Or exponentially more painful.
      Whether it’s a Catholic putting a weekly donation in the basket or a parent/student writing out gigantic tuition checks, people need to think about how much of their money they want going to pay off victims of sex crimes perpetrated by employees of these institutions. And about what it says about them as a member of that “tribe.” “May no act of ours bring shame”–what a joke.

  2. cathybroad says:

    “You can’t dismiss 61 years of integrity and honesty and just assume that someone is guilty of something that runs counter to the values they have held for their entire career.”


    Yes, Jay, we can. When administrators at Penn State were sentenced in connection with this case in 2017, Judge John Boccabella castigated them for not reporting pedophile Jerry Sandusky to the police. He did not spare Paterno. “Paterno ‘could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty,’ Boccabella said. ‘Why he didn’t is beyond me.'”

    He didn’t because he didn’t want to disrupt his “brand”–Penn State football. Just like some didn’t want to disrupt Oakland Cou$$$nty’s “brand”–great place to get richer and to raise the kids.

    • Paul Jolliffe says:

      It’s true Cathy, that Paterno didn’t want to “disrupt the Penn State Football brand.” However, I and everyone I’ve talked to all agree: no one in the entire PSU administration wanted Joe Paterno to do anything to “disrupt the brand.”

      As a college football fan/observer, I can tell you beyond any shadow of a doubt that by the late 1990’s, old Joe Paterno was no longer making any significant coaching decisions on the sidelines during games.
      He was merely an aging caricature, a figure head whose presence could bring in millions of dollars in donations.
      PSU kept him on for no other reason, and he had to know it.

      By the way, of course Paterno knew about the seriousness of Mike McQuery’s allegation about what he saw Sandusky do in the shower with an unknown minor boy.


      Mike McQueary, who at the time was an unheralded graduate assistant, was suddenly promoted to Recruting Coordinator/Receivers Coach- a huge promotion.

      Who made that startling decision?
      To keep McQueary’s mouth shut about what he saw.

      So that the PSU Football brand didn’t suffer.

      Joe Paterno knew damn well for years what was going on with Sandusky, and Jay Paterno is a liar or a fool, or both.

  3. Joe says:

    Today is the actual anniversary date of Coach Jerry posting a $100,000 bond. Wonder where that money came from ?

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