Black Like Moi reports:
Steve Garban, chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees, and John Surma, vice chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, released the following statement concerning the employment status of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno:
“Coach Paterno remains employed by the University as a tenured faculty member,” they said in a statement released Thursday. “The details of his retirement are being worked out and will be made public when they are finalized. Generally speaking, the University intends to honor the terms of his employment contract and is treating him financially as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 football season.”
There was slight confusion over Paterno’s employment because after fans, family and friends gathered into a crowded press conference on November 9, 20111, Surma did a little two-step to make it appear that the coach’s career was done:
“The Board of Trustees and Graham Spanier have decided that, effective immediately, Dr. Spanier is no longer president of the University. Additionally, the board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately.”
Paterno was football coach at Penn State for 61 years, until the story about his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky and his fondness for molesting under-age children, came to light. Paterno was aware of Sandusky’s depravity and said absolutely nothing.
Apparently, Penn State doesn’t think that child molestation — or knowledge of — is an offense worthy of termination.