Huckleby wrote: The football world is in mass denial of the role that football worship at Penn State played in this tragedy. They want to just restart the wild circus and act like nothing happened.
I haven't read through the entire 170 page report yet. I have been through a bunch of it. It is important to note that the people that were most involved in it were not interviewed, due to their upcoming trials. I think that once their trials are complete, it will be a lot easier to place blame.
Many people failed in this case, to varying degrees:
- The janitor
- The grad assistant
- The grad assistant's father and doctor, who gave him advice
- Protective Services, who were involved in one of the situations but did not act.
- Leaders of the Second mile charitable foundation
- The AD
- The head of the university police
- The university president
I think Paterno is getting an unfair share of the blame. He is not blameless, but (early) evidence seem to indicate that the last three listed were driving the universities actions to at least the same extent. That is why I am assuming 20 - 25% for now.
I think he is getting most of the blame because:
- He is the only well-known name involved
- The ridiculous deification of him by the people in State College
- His insistence at remaining coach until he broke all possible longevity and win records
- His willingness to challenge his superiors when they suggested he retire. The leaders' desire to avoid bad PR in that situation pretty closely parallels what they did in this case.
Again, I am not excusing his role in this. But to assign the full blame on him is unfair. I don't hear calls to shut down all athletics, the university police, or university administration despite the involvement of their leaders.