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Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:44 pm
 
One NFC scout was asked how he felt about Joe Paterno leaving.

"I hate to see any of this stuff happening," the scout said, "but people in my line of work won't miss him."

The reason? Paterno was notorious for his abuse of scouts and personnel men who tried to interview players or the staff in preparation for the NFL draft and free agency.

None of this stuff compares to the grand ugliness that happened at the school regarding molestation charges but it does open a small window -- a tiny one -- into how tight control Paterno had at the school.

It wasn't unusual for scouts to set up an appointment to speak with a player or group of players, or even Paterno himself, only to find after traveling to campus Paterno would cancel all appointments.

Eventually, I'm told, scouts were only allowed to come on certain open dates. Sometimes they'd be allowed to watch practice, sometimes not. Paterno had his favorites and would let certain scouts he liked or thought were friends of the program have better access to the team than others.

"Penn State was one of the worst places to try and do your job," said the scout.

Dan Shonka, a former scout, tweeted recently: "I have received several e-mails from retired and present #NFL scouts that reminded me that #JoePaterno hindered us from doing our job at #PennSt How so? #CoachPaterno had a rule that scouts could only visit on open dates and watching prospects during practice was not allowed. Many #scouts blame #PennSt busts over the years on the lack of info #CoachPaterno let out..."

Category: NFL
Tags: Penn State
 
Comments

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

While I am definitely not a Freeman fan, did any of you brain surgeons think that maybe he was trying to illustrate the level of control that Paterno had at Penn State? Any coach at a school which has a reputation as one of the elite schools in football or basketball has control and power over literally everybody at that school. Look at the power Bobby Knight had at Indiana, Coach K at Duke or Bo Schembeckhler had at Michigan. While none has ever been accused of anything this heinous, they wield enormous power. They are not only the face of their sports program but of the entire university. What did Jim Tressel's boss at Ohio State say? He hoped Tressel would not fire him.
As far as Paterno following university procedures or protocol, this was not a rule that was broken. It's a crime. In most states there are laws that not reporting this to the police in and by itself is a crime. What he did by not ending this stuff was enable this pedophile to continue on and on and on. For over a decade. Kid after kid after kid.

What if it was YOUR kid?



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

What's wrong with this article? All of the big-names involved with Sandusky and the Penn St. football program knew about his child-raping and molestation. And what did they do? Nothing at all, not even a slap on the wrist. What absurdity. Did Paterno really think that after he sent it up the chain and didn't hear anything again that nothing went on even though there was an eye witness to the sodomy? And does anyone believe that Paterno forgot about the whole thing? You don't forget about allegations like that, sorry. Freeman's mentioning of Paterno's treatment of scouts lets us know that Paterno did whatever he wanted to do, because he could. Paterno knows about everything that goes on at that school, and might even continue to know. He knew, and did nothing about it. That dirty old grandpa needs to be kicked.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

People on this site aren't concerned with criminal acts?  Is there something wrong with you?  Did you hit your head?

This is part of the Penn State football program and affects it because they have a child rapist that was on their staff.
This is why they have people being fired and arrested.

WOW!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

This article is ill timed, and should not have been written at this time.
It was actually very well-timed. Paterno is gone, this was the right time to write that. The people who come to this site aren't concerned with the criminal acts. They can go to CNN for that. This site's visitors want to know how Penn State will be affected.



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

What a sad story for all involved. Sad day for college football fans, Penn St, and just anybody that's human. But, for those kids that were affected by this, theyre the real victims. This article is ill timed, and should not have been written at this time. Although scouts may not miss JoePa, who really wants to hear that right now.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

The simple fact is that this guy had molested and raped young boys in 1998, which is on record.  Joe Pa (stupid idiotic name) knew about that and brushed it under the rug - he moved him off campus but he has use of all facilities - with Joe Pa's knowledge.  He is then caught again and Joe Pa is informed yet again ----- he basically does NOTHING!  We are talking about child rape, molestation and abuse and he knew about it.  What the heck is wrong with the people sticking up for this guy!

Joe Pa runs Penn State and knows about everything going on.  He also knew about this and did nothing.  He should be ashamed of himself and should go to jail as well.



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

that IS the same dan shonka




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

How sad is it when these individuals start piling on, who give a rats ass what the scouts think.   Scouts think they are a gift to the world and their ego's reflect it.  Lets stop and think of the victims involved at this time and as well give Joe Paterno some time to reflect on what he could've done better.  It so easy to quarterback after all is done, but where the hell was the media when it first happened.  Is someone is going to tell me that the scumbag left the program and it did not shine on anyone why he was leaivng.....c'mon.  The media is great on telling stories when it suits them but no one even dared find out the truth back then.  The scouts only care about themselves and how it effects them, well I for one don't give a rats ass, and why they even address this issue at this time, is beyond me.  It shows instead of focusing on the recovery of the victim's (kids) they brings up these freakin scouts.  Their not worth a paper or computer s they scout on.





Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

That's it, pile on Freeman.  Keep the bashing going.  You f-ing coward.  Yet another sports writer who couldn't think for himself and joined the sensationalism.  I called your boss to warn him about you.  He did nothing.  I got fired.  It's the Penn State way.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

For all of you bashing the article, here is Freeman's disclaimer smack dab in the middle of it in its own paragraph:

"None of this stuff compares to the grand ugliness that happened at the school regarding molestation charges but it does open a small window -- a tiny one -- into how tight control Paterno had at the school."


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