but it's all about the money and football.
Catherine McBride Stoughton wrote:
OK, for those of you who continue to insult us and make ridiculous statements, here's some food for thought...Sorry, there isn't a Cliffs Notes version, so yes, you actually have to read...If you don't read ALL of it, don't even respond...
(1)Joe Paterno had the best graduation rate and highest team GPA in Division I football (this is includes Ivy League) in 2011 AND his career graduation rate is 15% above the entire Division I average...but it's all about money and football
(2)Joe Paterno removed star players from his teams such as Austin Scott and others for missing curfews, fights, and other issues...but it's all about money and football
(3)Joe Paterno donated over $4 million dollars to the university (not the athletic department) for educational purposes, and $100,000 AFTER he was fired (even though, as you will see later, he wasn't making millions like other coaches)...but it's all about money and football
(4)Joe Paterno donated so much money to academics, and helped raise $13.5 million for a campus library expansion, which is named after him (no other campus has a coach's name on a library)...but it's all about money and football
(5)Joe Paterno turned down numerous lucrative NFL offers to stay at PSU...but it's all about money and football
(6)Penn State students run the largest student-run charity organization in the world, THON, which donates money for children with cancer, and raised $10 million in 2012...but it's all about money and football
(7)The game after Joe was fired, instead of a giant protest, everyone wore blue to raise awareness for child abuse...but it's all about money and football
(8)Joe Paterno's salary as late as 2007 (57 years at the same institution, 2 national championships, numerous conference titles) $512,664...perspective: 1st year head coach Will Muschamp $2.5 million...but it's all about money and football
(9)Adam Taliaferro was paralyzed his freshman year during a PSU football game and barely learned to walk again...Joe Paterno honored his scholarship until he graduated even though he was unable to play football and it cost PSU an important scholarship that could have been used to recruit another athlete...but it's all about money and football
(10)Joe Paterno went 5 straight years with losing records recently (a job killer) and he wasn't fired for losing...but it's all about money and football
(11)Joe Paterno designed simple, inexpensive uniforms that were plain, not gaudy and flashy like other schools, and no names were put on the back in order to teach self-sacrifice and team...but it's all about money and football
(12)Joe Paterno reported what he was told to his athletic director AND the university vice president in charge of campus police that oversaw all campus investigations and was in no way connected to the athletic department...but it's all about money and football
(13)Joe Paterno had donated so much money and time to charity and children's causes that Nike named it's child care facility after him...but it's all about money and football
(14)Joe Paterno didn't say "I did what I supposed to, I did nothing wrong.". He said "WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT (commonly ignored part of his statement), I wish I would have done more.". He didn't lawyer up and run. He even scheduled a press conference to talk about it, but the board of trustees canceled it...He expressed genuine sorrow over the situation...but it is all about money and football...
Those who state that Joe Paterno's primary motivations were money and football, and state that we are blindly worshipping a superficial football god, ought to do a little research on Joe Paterno. Is this someone you think would intentionally protect a pedophile for monetary and athletic purposes? Educate yourselves, and realize why so many support and respect Joe Paterno. We are not blinded by wins, trophies, and championships. We simply understand there is nothing about this man that the indicates a hint of dishonesty or flawed moral character. On the contrary, he has demonstrated nothing but integrity and strong character his entire life. Is he perfect? No, he is human.
Evidence of wrongdoing does not exist, and the media's (and Freeh's) slanted assumptions are unfounded and suspect at best. Louis Freeh has a tarnished career, currently under investigation, that exhibits his poor leadership in one disastrous incident after another. His reputation as a cover-up artist is well documented, and he has bungled countless investigations. He is also accused of falsifying evidence at the FBI. So, this is the honorable, impartial investigator on whose every word we should hang? I think not.
A little of both
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