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Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 10:01 pm

Amos Alonzo Stagg’s name being attached to the Big Ten football championship trophy may have to be reevaluated if Joe Paterno is found to be “complicit” in the Jerry Sandusky scandal according to Stagg's great grandson.

The hardware for the first Big Ten championship game next month -- the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy – has yet to be presented. But Robert Stagg told on Tuesday that he is concerned about the family’s association if “more disturbing evidence,” is found in the case that has captured national headlines.

“If he [Paterno] has been complicit in this, he’s got to step down,” said Stagg, a 54-year-old father working in sales in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Unfortunately that would be the case.”

Asked specifically if “complicit” meant not going to authorities if Paterno knew a crime had been committed, Stagg said: “If you have knowledge of what’s going on, you have to alert authorities. You can’t leave it up to someone else to alert authorities. You have to. It’s the only thing to do.”

Stagg says he assumes Paterno’s innocence but has followed the situation closely. Sandusky, Paterno’s former defensive coordinator, is charged with multiple accounts molesting young boys. Former graduate assistant and current assistant Mike McQueary reportedly told Paterno in 2002 he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a 10-year-old boy in a Penn State lockerroom shower.

Paterno then told his AD, Tim Curley, who summoned McQueary 1 ½ weeks later. Sandusky was banned from bringing children into the football facility but no authorities were contacted. Paterno has maintained his innocence through his attorney. Curley and Penn State finance officer Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury.

“It was sickening. It’s just horrible,” said a Stagg, a descendant of the great Amos Alonzo Stagg. “We hear of these things from time to time in the paper, be it with the Catholic Church or various individuals. This is just one that when you look at the gentleman’s [Sandusky] involvement and charitable-type endeavors. I just don’t understand it.”

Stagg was not specific about what action the family might take but he said they are monitoring the situation. He added that a contingent of 20 family members will travel to Indianapolis for the first Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3. His father, Amos Alonzo Stagg III, will be honored at the game. Stagg III, 84, is the same age as Paterno.

The original Amos Alonzo Stagg is the legendary coach who won 319 games in 57 years. Amos Alonzo Stagg was a noted innovator in both football and basketball. He coached at the University of Chicago for parts of five decades. The University of Chicago was in the Big Ten a portion of that time.

“There are some [family] roots to the state of Pennsylvania,” Robert Stagg said. “We’ve kind of cheered JoePa along. We’re still hoping he’s cleared on this. If something else comes to light and he kind of let this go leaving someone else to handle, then we may feel very differently …

“We’ll just have to wait and see but if we find that a lot more disturbing evidence comes out I’m sure we will have a lot of discussion with the Big Ten.”

Paterno is in his 45TH year as Penn State head coach. Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1992.

“He’s had a wonderful career and honestly we hope he’s cleared of all this,” Stagg said.




Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:59 am

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

How could he not report a pedophile? More like. how could he just walk away from it and not go over and save this kid? How could he not bash this child molesters face in?

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:25 am

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

I just don't understand why Joe didn't pick up the phone and call the cops and tell them what his pal Chester the molester was doing in the shower with a little boy. the whole thing is nuts, they need to fire the whole bunch or throw there butts in jail. The whole thing sounds like one big cover up and as far as the guy that seen what was going on with coach and the kid in the shower, he's one sorry SOB for not doing anything about right on the spot.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:33 am

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Dumb idea.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:01 am

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Oral sex is still sex is it not.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:12 pm

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

HOW did McCreary witness a child being sexually assaulted and not step in and do something to stop it right then and there?  Did he really just walk away and tell JoePa, but leave the kid with the freak?

I just don't see how he could walk away without removing the child from the situation...

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:18 pm

Stop saying "having sex" Dodd.

Sandusky attacked a child, according to McQueary.  There is nothing sexual about attacking a child in a way that leaves permanent scars just so a person like Sandusky can get his jollies.  Having sex suggests complicity.  These boys were not old enough to be complicit Dodd, so call it what it is.  A brutal attack of the worst nature.

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:09 pm
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Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:41 pm

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Anbody who does this despicable thing or allows it to happen oughta fry - end of story. 

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:24 pm

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Nuts... Simply nuts. There are so many questions here its crazy. Why didn't the person who saw the activity try to stop it when he saw it going on? Why did Penn State not try to find the child who had been assulted on thier campus? Bottom line... they wanted it to just go away! They did not want to deal with it they were praying for it to disapper and when they did not hear about it any more they were releved. All they cared about was thier own heads. The football program was more important than children. The fact that he was not confronted and fired by JO PA on the spot and removed from campus is a joke. 

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:17 pm

How could he not report a pedophile

I don't understand how he could not reprot a pedophile in his locker room.  To me, pedophile is the worst of all crimes, worst than murder in my view since it has a lasting effect on a young life.   Why wouldn't he have taken action after seeing that his boss was not doing anything.  Just sad and stupid.

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