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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

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:58 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Jesus teets, get a life.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:52 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Golfballs, thank you for being one of the sensible ones around here and actually knowing and understanding the law.


What in holy hell are you talking about?  Firing Paterno isn't charging Paterno with a crime.  Him being fired has NOTHING to do with the law.  Him being a scapegoat - which he's not - has NOTHING to do with the law.  It has to do with his obligations as the leader of young football-playing men.  He failed.  He deserved to be fired.  

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:49 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

That is hearsay.  I guy who witnessed it, should have gone to the police.  After an investigation, the police said they did not have enough evidence.  Nothing from this whole circumstance is good, but JoePa is the scapegoat.
How is he a scapegoat? He's one of several who have been fired. And he's not innocent of wrongdoing. Everyone from McQueery up - including Paterno - had a moral, ethical, commonsense obligation to tell the police. I don't care if McQueery told Paterno what he told the grand jury, or if he merely told Patero he saw "fondling" 
or whatever Paterno is claiming he was told.

  None of them did. Each is culpable. McQueery should be let go also, as should the new coach if he is found to have had knowledge. But don't give me Paterno is a scapegoat. That's nonsense.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:47 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

That's a different individual than the NFL scout.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:46 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

KIJANA CARTER was terrible either way....Todd Blackledge was GOD AWFUL, did u even watch him play? was the worse pick of the "QB draft'....Kerry Collins was a systen QB that hung around awhile, they have also had many defensive players not even come close to expectations as well

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:41 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

People whine and moan about needing to clean house, but then they only get rid of the head coach and no one else who has been around during the whole period of this scandal.

Well they did fire the President of the entire university, that says something.  And McQueary is not back yet.  Have faith, the fallout from this is not over yet -- Pres and Paterno were just the first round.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:33 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Thank you mudville9....

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:31 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

Little boys got raped. Penn State University covered it up. Don't tell me JoePa didn't know about rumors which ended Sandusky's career years ago, don't tell me he had no details from McQuery when he told him. Word that sentence for me that would make him go to the AD about Sandusky and not know what was going on. You can't. Finally, Joe knew about the grand jury, he testified 3 years ago, he knew what it was about for some time now, and Sandusky was on campus with access as recently as a week ago. Joe Paterno was the most powerful man at Penn State and did nothing through all of this while little boys got raped. Sandusky was walking around campus with little boys all the time.

That's what Joe knew. What is now being investigate is if Sandusky was pimping kids out. This thing is far from over and people who defend Paterno's unbelievable inaction  and rediculous explanation should try to imagine the rapes happening to a kid they know. You defend the indefensible and you should be ashamed of the poor excuses for people Sandusky, McQuery, Paterno, Curley and Shulz are. You should be ashamed of yourself for defending any of them. You believe a college football program is more important than these poor children and their families.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:19 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

dan shonka. that's a find individual. google the name.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:10 pm

Many NFL scouts won't miss Paterno

For those who missed it, the point of the article was to further highlight the level of control that Paterno had over his program, his athletes and his facilities.  Paterno controlled every aspect of his program and knew everything that went on involving his players, coaches, trainers, etc.  To think that he had no knowledge - or limited knowledge - of Sandusky's 1998, 2000 and 2002 incidents is both laughable and insulting given his level of control over the program.  To think that Paterno continued to allow Sandusky access to the program's facilities from 2002 through 2011, knowing that Sandusky was still engaged with minors as a result of his 'charitable' work, is both morally bankrupt and utterly absurd.  Paterno's inaction clearly enabled and facilitated Sandusky's continued horrific behavior - on Paterno's hallowed grounds no less - resulting in countless additional victims.  Any though
tful, rational, intelligent and objective individual can only come to one conclusion in this situation:  Pat
erno, the AD, the VP and the President each knowingly and willfully chose to look the other way when it came to Sandusky.  Worse, as more and more evidence continues to surface, it appears that those individuals took affirmative steps to cover up Sandusky's crimes in an effort to maintain the illusion of Penn State to the general public.  That illusion, as we all know, was a multi-million dollar empire, the purported epicenter of collegiate morality, and the foundation of Paterno's enormous reputation and ego.  Did they each have incentive to bury the Sandusky scandal?  There is only one answer to that question.  Shame on all of them, and shame on those who protest and bemoan the firing of Saint Joe.  What a joke.  What a tragedy.   

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