Originally Posted by WMR
Do you think Paterno would have handled this any differently if it were one of his grandkids?
Of course he would have handled it differently. But that's pretty much an impossible standard to set. Are you as outraged by a shooting downtown as you would be if it was your wife?
Like I said, Paterno certainly deserves his share of blame. But it's hard to not at least empathize with him for believing the "problem had been taken care of."
"It was a terrible misunderstanding, we won't let Jerry bring kids on campus any more, that will fix it."
Of course from 20,000 feet above this seems preposterous, but you'd be surprised how much denial you're capable of when someone you're close to continues to do wrong.
Again, imagine it was your best friend who was accused of this. Because you can't in any way rationalize what would drive a perv like Sandusky, you simply can't imagine this is true.
This of course doesn't excuse Paterno failing to do more than the absolute minimum. But let's not act like by not acting Paterno somehow wanted these terrible things to happen.