Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was temporarily jailed last weekend and charged with sexual assaults or advances on at least eight boys starting as early as 1994. Someone or several someones have known about the smoldering crisis for years. And someone could have started the process of shutting down the “problem” and beginning the process to both take care of the victims AND prepare the Administration and Head Coach to minimize the damage.
“This is a tragedy,” Coach Paterno, said in a statement released today by his public relations agency. “It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”
And the school’s Board of Trustees issued a statement saying it was “outraged by the horrifying details” in the grand jury report about the Sandusky case.”
The statements are okay, but are 17-years late!
Well, a graduate assistant DID tell Paterno about Sandusky assaulting a boy visiting the Penn State locker room in 2002, but nothing was done to fully stop the molestations nor to take the appropriate steps to make it public, take care of the victims, apologize and begin immediately repairing the athletic department and university’s reputation.
Once again I appeal to leaders of all organizations to plan for every possible thing that can go wrong, from the building blowing up, blowing away or getting damaged by the stench of misbehavior by someone that works for you.