|What in the world is Mr. Starks thinking?
I read your piece this morning, and I’m still trying to figure out
where you’ve been all week. Distilling everything, Mr. Paterno
put the the football program ahead of the safety of children; and he
had to go.
His action in “taking responsibility” should have been to resign
immediately rather than retiring at season’s end. May I suggest
that you read (or re-read) Mr. Paterno’s retirement announcement which
was the height of arrogance. He apparently forgot who was in
charge and essentially told his bosses to move on to other things since
he had made the decision as to when he would retire. However, he
lost the “right” to retire his way when the poo hit the whirling blade
last weekend. The trustees finally saw sense and did what was the
only right thing. Until this morning, though, I had read or heard
nothing disagreeing with the trustees’ responsible decision to fire the
head coach before the end of the season.
These two articles are well worth the read. The second article is
from the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA.
Centre Daily Times
There is also a sad cartoon about this mess on the editorial pages of
today’s Washington Post.
FYI- I earned my undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University
when Woody Hayes was coaching and attended almost all of the home games
while I was there. College football programs were big businesses
almost 40 years ago, but they are of control now. Coaches were
put on pedestals then, but that, too, is worse now. The events
that have played out this week show this all too clearly. Because
a supposed legend chose to protect his football program instead of
children, his bosses had no other option but to fire him.