Joe Paterno Fired: Penn State Proves Culture of Corruption in College Sports

Mike MoraitisAnalyst INovember 10, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 08:  Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves the team's football building on November 8, 2011 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Amid allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse, Paterno's weekly news conference was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to occur. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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We've seen it time and time again. Major universities who hang their hat on their major sports programs doing whatever it takes, both legal and illegal, to keep the reputation of winning at all costs. The Penn State scandal may be another terrible example of this.

Somewhere along the lines, whether it was the late '90s, or in 2002, Joe Paterno and Penn State heard something was going on with Jerry Sandusky. Paterno might have done what was legally required of him, but nobody on the campus did what they were morally obligated to do.

So why on Earth would Paterno and the higher-ups at the university protect an alleged child rapist?


The people at the top, Paterno included, felt they needed to protect the sanctity of their football program by not having it overshadowed by such despicable behavior. They could not allow the university to receive a black eye from such negative attention.

In the process, Paterno and the Penn State administrators were the ones performing the alleged despicable behavior that bordered on illegal. All for the love and reputation of their football team.

This situation at Penn State is far more disturbing than other violations at major universities across the country, but it is another instance of a college putting itself above morality and more importantly, the law.

It has become a culture of corruption in some of the biggest college names on this planet, and it looks like Penn State has nosedived right into that category.

Inexplicably, Penn State students come to the defense of sexual abuse protector, Joe Paterno.
Inexplicably, Penn State students come to the defense of sexual abuse protector, Joe Paterno.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Long thought to be one of the good guys in the college sports world, Penn State and Joe Paterno are now looking like no more than a fraudulent protector of an alleged sexual abuser.

Despite Paterno doing what he was "legally obligated" to do, I think he should be sharing a prison cell with the other two Penn State administrators who are being charged with crimes. When looking at it realistically, he did no better than they did.

He just got saved by a lame loophole that will separate him from the rest of his fellow, allegedly crooked, Penn State cronies.

Add this to the list of schools who try and bribe young students into playing for their team, or coaches who cross lines that break NCAA rules when trying to recruit the best players.

Paterno was never thought to be a part of that crowd, but as it turns out, he may be the worst of them all, and instead of being a part of the solution, it seems JoePa is a major part of the problem.

The young Penn State fans and students who showed up and rallied at Paterno's front door are just as ignorant and reckless as the man they support.

The Penn State Board of Trustees finally made the right decision, firing Joe Paterno and the university president immediately.
The Penn State Board of Trustees finally made the right decision, firing Joe Paterno and the university president immediately.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

It doesn't seem like these people, very few at most, actually have children. I would guarantee if they did, they wouldn't be rallying for a horrible fraud of a human being like Paterno. They can never understand what the parents, and more importantly the young victims, went through. 

It just highlights another problem with college sports.

It highlights the cult-like following that some of these programs, and specifically players and coaches, can develop over time. It can greatly skew the realm of reality for these mindless cult members called fans and make them worship a figure that deserves no respect in a normal, common sense society.

The NCAA should come down hard on this corruption if everything turns out to be true, and ban the Penn State football program for at least a year. The NCAA needs to punish this corruption just like they do to every other program and bring Penn State down to its knees.

It is the only way the NCAA can completely recover from this awful situation and show other college programs that if you don't behave correctly, you will pay a dear price.

That should help these colleges think twice about crossing moral and legal boundaries.

If not, the NCAA can expect to keep getting these cases of corruption which will futher destroy the reputation of college sports everywhere. It is currently on life support and only the NCAA's swift, penalizing actions can save it.