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Questions for JoePa, Curley, Schultz, and Spanier

We are quickly approaching Day 4 of the Jerry Sandusky scandal with no end in sight. Up to this point, much information has been made available, but there are few answers to the pressing questions that many of us have. Tomorrow afternoon, a national media circus will descend upon Happy Valley for Joe Paterno’s weekly press conference. Paterno will most likely not be permitted to speak much regarding this matter since he is a witness to a serious rape trial, but there is little doubt that reporters will come prepared.

A few questions I would like to ask to some of the key individuals in this investigation are:

  • Joe Paterno: You built your career and reputation on going above and beyond what was necessary and being more than just a football coach. Given that, do you feel that you could have handled the situation in a more proactive manner when Mike McQueary told you what he saw?
  • Graham Spanier: Unconditional support, seriously? Is that really the best phrase to use when crafting a statement revolving around two individuals who are facing allegations of covering up child rape?
  • Tim Curley: After Coach Paterno relayed to you what Mike McQueary told him what he witnessed, why did you wait over a week to follow up with McQueary?
  • Gary Schultz: You testified that there was never any discussion between yourself and Curley about turning the incident over to any police agency. Why? Is that not your job? Do you realize you could have possibly prevented a lot of this by going to the police?

Those are just a few of my questions and there is no doubt that several other good ones are floating around. Earlier we asked:

“If you had one question you could ask Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, or Gary Schultz [and they had to answer], what would it be?” 

Below are some responses from Facebook:

    • Andrea Niehoff Goodson: How could you not protect a child?
    • Doug Hoffman: Why didn’t you question Sandusky having a kid stay with him at the Toftrees apartments before the bowl game?
    • DC Hersh: Why were the police not notified immediately?
    • Mary B. Winterhalter Shoffner: What words did the graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] use to describe the situation while in your presence?
    • Katie Haupt: If the child who was raped in the shower was one of your own, wouldn’t you hope that someone had the decency to contact the State Police immediately rather than “following protocol” in order to protect their jobs?
    • Jennifer Polito: Why didn’t Mike McQueary go right to the police when he saw the incident rather than leaving it up to other people?
    • Valeria Briceno: How did you let this go on for so long?
    • Kevin O’Connor: What would you say to children who were abused after you found out what was going on and did nothing about it?
    • Shawna Ross: What steps will be taken to convince the public that Penn State takes the well-being of children more seriously than its football program?
    • Gina Mital: How did you sleep at night knowing that you walked beside a pedophile, let him have an office, a parking spot, campus privileges, and CONTINUED ACCESS TO YOUNG VICTIMS?
    • Weston R. Phelps: Why would any of you drag your name through the dirt to protect Jerry Sandusky when you were aware of what was going on? How does it feel to taint a 60-year legacy?

The above is just a sampling of the many unanswered questions in the saga that has crushed the hearts of numerous Penn Staters. As ugly as the situation is, everybody wants to know more about how this could have happened to our beloved Penn State Football program that was supposed to be a model of consistency and stability, not to mention honor and integrity.

Some individuals will get their first crack at Joe Paterno tomorrow afternoon.


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Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.


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