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Paterno negotiated contract perks amid Sandusky inquiry

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09:40 AM ET 07.14 | In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys. Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines of what would become a giant scandal had been published in a local newspaper. That same month, Mr. Paterno, the football coach at Penn State, began negotiating with his superiors to amend his contract, with the timing something of a surprise because the contract was not set to expire until the end of 2012, according to university documents and people with knowledge of the discussions. By August, Mr. Paterno and the university's president, both of whom were by then embroiled in the Sandusky investigation, had reached an agreement. Mr. Paterno was to be paid $3 million at the end of the 2011 season if he agreed it would be his last. Interest-free loans totaling $350,000 that the university had made to Mr. Paterno over the years would be forgiven as part of the retirement package. He would also have the use of the university's private plane and a luxury box at Beaver Stadium for him and his family to use over the next 25 years.

New York Times

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July 14, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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I am shocked at this.

Concur. I don't have much else to say about this story.

July 14, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Maybe they should move Joe's statue up to that luxury box.

July 14, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Maybe they should move Joe's statue up to that luxury box.

I think loading it in the plane and shipping it to Siberia is a better option

July 14, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Maybe they should move Joe's statue up to that luxury box.

Good one!

July 14, 2012  10:34 AM ET

What a freakin cesspool. I feel bad for my Penn State Alum friends, but that place needs to flush any remnants of this guy and his ilk from that institution and start over...ala post WWII Germany.

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July 14, 2012  10:43 AM ET

The Penn State community is going to struggle with Paterno issues for years. Even his most loyal backers know in their hearts that he betrayed everything he claimed to stand for, and everyone who followed him. I hope Penn Staters will recognize the consequences of his falsehood outweigh any good that he accomplished. Do that, and then begin to rebuild your school.

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July 14, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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Wow. The sunovabeech knew what was going to happen and was planning his escape. As if you couldn't think less of the guy.

Like the Nazi's, and the church facilitated their exit too.

July 14, 2012  11:13 AM ET

While everyone is piling on Saint Joe, let me add this.

In 1982, Nebraska, ranked Number 2, visited Penn State and lost 27-24.
There was a blatantly bad call (you can still google it) that gave Penn State a first down deep inside Nebraska territory late in the game that eventually led to the game-winning score. This was Nebraska's only loss of the year and certainly cost them a shot at the national championship.

The next year, Alabama visited Penn State and lost 34-28. Again, there was a blatantly bad call in the last minute of the game when a Tide receiver apparently caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the bak of the end zone but was ruled out of bounds.

I remember watching each of these games on TV.
At least one of these bad calls was made by the father of former Penn State fullback Mike Guman. During the next off-season, the NCAA passed a rule that relatives of players or former players could no longer referee a game involving his son's team.

I remember there were pictures going around that showed the new playing field at Happy Valley.
A portion of the back of the end zone was removed (where the Tide player was called out) and moved to the out of bounds portion on the sideline (where the Penn State player had been called in bounds).

Yes, I know that many teams get favorable calls at home, but to have the father of one of your former players making the bad call for you is pretty unethical. Penn State and Joe were both pretty highly criticized over this at the time. Lucky for Joe, there were no 24 hour sports networks back at that time.

July 14, 2012  11:14 AM ET

Don't forget that early on this past football season, he moved all the finances and deed to the house out of his name into his wife's name and account. Her money might have been untouchable if people wanted to sue JoePa for his role in this.

July 14, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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While everyone is piling on Saint Joe, let me add this.In 1982, Nebraska, ranked Number 2, visited Penn State and lost 27-24. There was a blatantly bad call (you can still google it) that gave Penn State a first down deep inside Nebraska territory late in the game that eventually led to the game-winning score. This was Nebraska's only loss of the year and certainly cost them a shot at the national championship.The next year, Alabama visited Penn State and lost 34-28. Again, there was a blatantly bad call in the last minute of the game when a Tide receiver apparently caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the bak of the end zone but was ruled out of bounds.I remember watching each of these games on TV.At least one of these bad calls was made by the father of former Penn State fullback Mike Guman. During the next off-season, the NCAA passed a rule that relatives of players or former players could no longer referee a game involving his son's team.I remember there were pictures going around that showed the new playing field at Happy Valley.A portion of the back of the end zone was removed (where the Tide player was called out) and moved to the out of bounds portion on the sideline (where the Penn State player had been called in bounds).Yes, I know that many teams get favorable calls at home, but to have the father of one of your former players making the bad call for you is pretty unethical. Penn State and Joe were both pretty highly criticized over this at the time. Lucky for Joe, there were no 24 hour sports networks back at that time.

Did you catch Rick Reilly's piece on espn? Worth reading. This type of home field advantage has been going on for years. scUM had a booster acting as the replay official. The B1G ordered them to stop using him in the replay booth after he ruled an out of bounds catch at the two yard line was actually a touchdown. (2008 MSU vs scUM)

July 14, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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Did you catch Rick Reilly's piece on espn? Worth reading. This type of home field advantage has been going on for years. scUM had a booster acting as the replay official. The B1G ordered them to stop using him in the replay booth after he ruled an out of bounds catch at the two yard line was actually a touchdown. (2008 MSU vs scUM)

Yes I did...and you are right, it is worth reading.
Hero worship of coaches needs to stop, but it never will.
This idea of putting up statues of current coaches is ridiculous, and yet there is another current coach that has a statue up outside his school's stadium.

July 14, 2012  11:28 AM ET

Will the Former Execs at Penn State Claim they in formed the NCAA!

July 14, 2012  11:36 AM ET

Well Joe ain't around to see it, but every single time Penn State is talked about over the next 15 years or so (or more) will be this criminal activity. Every time Joe Paterno is mentioned they will also mention his role in this coverup. I'd say that's a fitting way to remember him. It's hard for his family left behind, but they should blame him not anyone else.

July 14, 2012  11:47 AM ET
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Did you catch Rick Reilly's piece on espn? Worth reading.

+1
The retelling of the phone call Reilly received by the prof at psu Was enlightening.

 
July 14, 2012  11:53 AM ET
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I am shocked at this.

I hope this is sarcasm.

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