This might not be ‘Lack of Institutional Control’ ; its far worse. This is immoral if not criminal and warrants the Death Penalty for PSU football from the NCAA.
And before I hear “The NCAA has no jurisdiction because this is a criminal matter”, lemme explain, the NCAA has jurisdiction under the morals and ethics clause. This is certainly immoral and unethical.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Emails show that Penn State University officials planned to report allegations of child sex abuse by ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to authorities, but changed their minds after talking to former head football coach Joe Paterno.
Potentially the most damagingemail concerns Paterno, and was sent from Curley to former Penn State president Graham Spanier.
“After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps,” Curley wrote to Spanier, according to CNN. “I am having trouble with going to everyone but the person involved. I would be more comfortable meeting with the person and tell them about the information we received and tell them we are aware of the first situation.”
Spanier’s response to Curley further suggests a cover-up.
Spanier wrote back and agreed with that approach, calling it “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” according to the report. But he also worried about the consequences.
“The only downside for us is if message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road,” the email said, according to CNN.
Paterno said his role had been limited to relaying what McQueary had told him to Curley. While Paterno, who died in January, said he wished he had done more, he hadn’t been implicated in any legal wrongdoing, and his defenders pointed to the fact he passed along what he knew. There had been no firm evidence that Paterno had a role in deciding how to follow up on the Sandusky allegations.
Curley’s email suggests the coach may have helped steer officials away from notifying outside authorities.