How Penn State “Handles” Things

Erstwhile Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is still, apparently, maintaining a good relationship with the university despite being abrupty fired along with many other administrators in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky.

His son, however, is a little less charitable. Scott Paterno, a lawyer and occasional Republican politician, told ESPN that his father’s removal from office was “was not handled well.” According to an Associated Press piece:

Scott Paterno [said] his father sees a “wholesale attack on the football program and Penn State’s academic record, as has happened in some quarters,” as unjustified.

“This is a crisis that deserves thoughtful and thorough review. In the course of that review and analysis, however, the legitimate achievements of this University and the many good people who worked so hard to build it into a world-class institution should not be disrespected,” Scott Paterno said before concluding, “My parents are unwavering in their loyalty and dedication to Penn State.”

Among the many things Penn State didn’t “handle well” last year, this is probably the one least worth worrying about.

Joe Paterno remains a tenured faculty member at Penn State. The trustees are apparently managing Paterno’s retirement plan as if he “had retired at the end of the 2011 football season.”

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer