U Of M Students, Staff React To Paterno Firing

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  There’s mixed reaction in the Twin Cities Thursday morning to the firing of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

The majority of students and staff at University of Minnesota said they understand the why Paterno’s termination was needed, but that doesn’t mean they like it.

“I don’t like the choice,” said Julian Palmquist, a Big Ten football fan. “Paterno is one of the better big named coaches in the Big Ten.”

On Wednesday night, students rioted near Penn State after officials announced Paterno and University President Graham Spanier were fired for the handling of abuse allegations against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

“I think he should’ve done more than he did,” said Dave Minke, a U of M employee. “I think at least they did the right thing. At least they took action unlike the Catholic Church who buried this kind of stuff for years.”

WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Student athletes at the U of M said they’re sad to see Paterno’s career end in controversy. Last Saturday, he became the winningest football coach in major college history with his 409th win in his 46-year career.

“It’s sad,” said Cole Banhan, freshman running back for the U of M. “No one wants to go out that way. I don’t think it will tarnish his career, but it obviously an ugly mark at the end of it.”

Others on the Minnesota campus, like staff member Scott King, are challenging anyone who thinks Paterno’s firing is unjustified to read the grand jury indictment against Sandusky.

“Anyone protesting at Penn State (should) read the grand jury indictment,” said King. “I would ask them to think of the victims and their families. I would think those families are more important than an iconic football coach.”

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  • Blackballed

    Great example of why you can never win an arguement with a liberal. They have no moral integrity. Somehow Joe Paterno is the victim in this situation? He knew he covered this up and had this skeleton in his closet. If he wanted to go out on his own terms, he has had numerous chances to retire as a hero. Now he will go out like he deserves, in disgrace for enabling other kids to be molested by a sick predator.

    • Get educated

      How is this a political agreement? I would call myself a liberal and am happy he was fired. So… not sure what you are talking about.

    • George Frandsen

      how in the world is this political?

      • cheddarwurst

        That is what I was just laughing about. Sounds like the DA that was involved mysteriously disappeared in 2005 along with his computer hard drive. Along with rumors of pimping out young boys. This could get very interesting.

  • Red

    More sexual deviant behavior. Maybe the guy should have the right to marry the little kids he molested after all he was born that way and he has no choice.

    • Cindy

      Don’t give them any more ideas or ellison will have another town hall. sickos – all of them!

      • Boochy

        Yeah, and soon after that Cindy will be wanting to marry one of her cats.

  • T

    The world needs to calm down a little on this. He’s a fricken college football coach can we move on.

  • alan

    I mean, come on. The guy was a coach for 61 years, and head coach for 48, and he had TWO national championships?!? That record sucks!

  • angus

    Joe reported the situation up the chain of command, as he was told to do. THe police said they have no legal basis for any action against him. The same board that fired him now tried to fire him a few years ago for not winning enough. If he had gone to police the board would have had the opportunity they wanted (never go against us. We are too important.) would have said he did not obey the school policy and fired him at that time.
    What exactly did he know? A suspicion? Was he told by his superiors that it had been investigated and nothing happened? We don’t know and won’t know until all evidence is presented in court. In the meantime we have a hanging crowd willing to rush to judgement and he is a scapefoat.

    I doubt this will get presented here

    • mom

      You are correct he reported it to the person he was supposed to but I have a hard time believing any rational human being would not have gone to the police, once they realized that the higher chain of command wasn’t acting on it, or he realized that this guy was still actively involved with children and still was allowed to use the football facilities. What about his moral obligation to do the right thing once he saw these things continue. What does this say about the character of this man that is supposed to be some kind of hero because he was able to teach men(boys) how to play a football game well enough to win. I can’t believe there would be too many parents out there willing to allow their kids to play for this guy knowing what kind of character (or lack of) he has. I hope these victims sue the heck out of that school and everyone of the people that knew this was going on and did nothing to stop it loses their job and can never find work again. The school should throw everyone of those students protesting out along with Mr Paterno. It is a sad day in society when we are more upset about the firing of a coach than we are of what he should have morally done.

  • G Dog

    How many kids has Sandusky abused in the NINE YEARS since Paterno did the absolute least he could do? He got what he deserved.
    The kids sure as hell didn’t.

    And “Blackballed”, I would bet you are the type who could find a liberal conspiracy in a bowl of Jello.

    • J

      Send “G Dog” to Happy Valley!!!!!!!

      • G dogs momma

        Send G-dog to sandusky’s back door!!!!!
        (Or vice-versa)

  • Mike

    Joe should be treated the same way a bank robbers car driver would be, as an accomplice. People defending this guy have no idea how immoral they really are and it wouldn’t be surprising to find them backing up the Bishops in the Catholic church. They are all criminally liable for their actions, or in this case, no action.

  • honestly

    Honestly people. Everyone’s outraged and rightfully so. On the other hand, we’re brainwashed into promoting or legalizing sexual deviant behavior like gay marriage. This is like the Roman empire people. If we see dogs having sex with cats do we allow it? Men with men? Cmon, really.

    • honestly, you're nuts

      You see dogs having sex with cats? Where do you live? And if I have a visitor at my house, and my dog tries to hump their leg, I have a sexually deviant dog and should get rid of it?

  • Buggy

    Go read the Grand Jury report and you will understand why they all needed to be ousted — completely insane

  • molly

    That Mike McQueary coach should be fired …and be held responsible for witnessing this horendous assault on this 10 yr old boy by this monster coach Jerry S, and not reporting this immediatley to authorities..police. Its obvious and so appauling they all put their football program over the life of this child. God will hold them responsible!!

  • Mark S. Nowak

    The NCAA, Big ten and Penn State should all agree to cancel the Nebraska game and then open up the stadium and invite any and all to come to the stadium on Saturday after noon to reflect, pray and do a fund raiser for the benefit of the victims. Anything less would show the priority of big time college athletics is still about money, power and prestige. Joe Paterno should lead the gathering in prayer, admit his mistake and ask forgiveness.

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