We are nearly two and half years removed from Penn State firing Joe Paterno in wake of the child molestation scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, and a resigning member of the board of trustees in Happy Valley is expressing regret over their decision.
Alvin Clemens lamented publicly about voting for Paterno’s firing upon his resignation (Via the AP):
“We had no advance notice and little opportunity to discuss and consider the complex issues we faced. After 61 years of exemplary service, coach Paterno was given no chance to respond. That was a mistake,” Clemens said in a statement he read Friday at Board of Trustees meeting (via the AP).
“I will always regret that my name is attached to that rush to injustice.”
The Freeh Report, which was commissioned by the university, concluded with the evidence gathered, that there was “total and consistent” disregard for sex abuse victims, laying much accountability and responsibility at the feet of Paterno, who was the head of the program. Clemens happens to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit by the Paterno family, seeking to overturn the NCAA sanctions against Penn State. The NCAA handed Penn State a four-year bowl ban, scholarship reductions and a $60 million fine. It also stripped Paterno of wins, removing him from atop the NCAA’s winningest coach list. The NCAA has given the team 5 scholarships back.
H/T Dr Saturday