Jewish World Review Nov 14, 2011 / 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772
The Big Story, or: Say It Ain't So, Joe
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you need to be told what The Story of the Week has been, you've not only been out of the country but just plain out of it. As in asleep.
The head football coach at
The coach's retirement, it turned out, was not an option. Not after one revelation followed another over the course of the week. Instead, both the legendary coach and the university's president were fired outright. Mentor, father figure and national role model
Let us take solace in this much: Apparently, there is still a university in the country that takes its responsibility seriously. And expects its officials to do the same -- even its top officials. No buy-outs, no self-serving explanations, no twisting-and-weaving board of trustees. But just The End.
They do things decisively at
Prosecutors say that, back in 2002, an eyewitness to one of the attacks passed the word up the chain, and JoePa was informed. The coach is said to have passed the word on. It was the least he could do. Literally. Never let it be said that, in this case,
Now the head coach says that in hindsight he wishes he had done more. Like calling the cops, Coach? That would've been a good start.
The state's police commissioner put it well when he said "a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building" has a moral duty to call in the police if he has reason to suspect a child is being sexually abused. Instead,
You have to wonder what would've happened if that eye-witness had told his superiors at
If JoePa had been allowed to coach another game after this story broke, you'd know
The moral of the story: There is still honor in college athletics. At
Count me among the many thousands, maybe millions, who long admired, applauded and -- I admit it -- loved
Sad. And if I'm disappointed in anybody more than
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