Former Nittany Lions React to News

On Wednesday night’s 90-minute special edition of Big Ten Football & Beyond, BTN host Dave Revsine interviewed former Penn State football players D.J. Dozier, Adam Taliaferro and Michael Haynes to get their reaction to the Penn State scandal and their thoughts on their former coach Joe Paterno. Watch our interview with Dozier now and see the Taliaferro and Haynes interviews in this post. Watch all of our other video from Wednesday night’s show here.

Adam Taliaferro on Paterno

Michael Haynes on Paterno

Earlier Wednesday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart posted a column on the scandal. Penn State and Jim Delany both released an official statement Wednesday, as well. Read Penn State’s here, and Delany’s here. You can also catch up on all the latest Penn State news with our AP story archive, which updates throughout the day. And read all of our Paterno coverage here.

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Ginny on 11/10/2011 @ 10:55am EST Said:

If any one should be fired, it should be the political power seeking board of trustees. Isn’t it their responsibility to oversee the good of the university? Surma admitted the board does not know the facts and events are premature. Really! Then, why did they jump to a conclusion to fire Joe Pa and Spaniard. I thought this country was built on the innocent proven guilty–not the other way around. And, just where are the so-called victims? Why didn’t the parents, if this truly happened, report the incidents to the police? Why wait nearly a decade…something smells and Joe Pa is a scapegoat. I hope the rioters burn the city down! People around the world are furious!!! THANK YOU JOE PA. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY, GOOD CHARACTER AND STRENGTH. From a very grateful alumni who speaks for many. God bless you.

Donald G Reeves on 11/10/2011 @ 4:16pm EST Said:

I was sadden as many others to learn of the response of the University late last night.
It was a most unfortunate situation at PSU.
I think that the board of trustee’s acted in error to fire Joe Paterno.

Joe Paterno took the appropriate actions when this grad assistant McQuerry reported it.
He contacted the AD, and then referred the grad assistant to take it to the AD and
the President’s office at the University who should have handled the matter with
their attorney’s and campus law enforcement, and these individuals could take the information-
accusation, and move forward with local police to investigate.

Back in 2003 or 2004, Joe Paterno witnessed a woman running a stop sign,
and he turned the corner, and pulled up next to the woman and addressed her about it.
She was pulled over and out of the car picking up her husband. She reported Joe Paterno
and accused him of harassment, and the entire situation.

The school reprimanded him; he was humiliated in the newspaper, and television media.
He was not going to place himself in that position again.

He heard this information, but did not see it as an eye witness. For him to tell the story to any party would
have been considered “hear say”, and they would have asked for the witness to come forth because they saw the alleged event.

McQuerry goes to the AD and meets with other numerous parties and much later this leads to a full investigation,and the arrest.

Joe Paterno and many others gave testimony to the grand jury in the case, meaning everyone cooperated when subpoenaed.

Joe Paterno remember was a hearer of the information, and he took the information and reported it to the AD and others, with full cooperation.

He followed University protocol by contacting his boss, and then letting those in positions of authority to handle the locomotion of the investigation.

If Joe would have gone directly to the police, and say the information had been false, he would have been placed himself and the school in a great legal liability, and would have been fired or again reprimanded because he did not go through the appropriate channels inside the University first to investigate the veracity of the allegation.

Joe Paterno acted consciously upon information that could have been true or false and did not take it upon himself, but
placed it in the hands of those in authority to manage the investigation, meaning the AD over the entire athletic program;
the President of the University and their attorney’s along with the board of trustees who are abreast on University procedures and policy for the handling of on campus crimes and also how to act in a manner to best protect the University as well as the victims; and again, the University attorney’s are abreast on the laws as well as University procedures and policy and they could then further locomotion of the information, the events, and case and then bring outside law enforcement into the investigation.

Remember the University is not public property, but private property, and they have their own law enforcement, and work also with local law enforcement when it is merited, and in this case, it merited their involvement and investigation.

Joe Paterno is a football coach, not an FBI agent, not a police man, not an attorney, not an AD and not the President of the University, but just a football coach, the best football coach in the history of the NCAA.

The University, their attorney’s, board of trustee’s, and the AD had this responsibility, they are in administration positions to enforce University protocol, procedures and policy, and legal matters, not a football coach, and his job
was to take it to those people, and he did just that.

Their firing of Joe Paterno and then leaving the graduate assistant McQuerry, the person who witnessed and reported the incident, exposes an inconsistency of with the situation and their decision.

Joe Paterno made a statement mid morning on Wednesday, that he would be stepping down and resigning at the end of the season, but they chose to fire him which was wrong.

I think that the board of trustee’s acted in error in their firing of this man, and it will just serve to further hurt the program and the institution.

The student response last night on ESPN speaks for itself, and it will be interesting to see how the football alumni and the team responds.

If I were a member of PSU football team, I would contact every All-American, and alumni football player, and on Saturday morning, these former players and my team would all be walking together to his house dressed in full uniform, and we as a team would be waiting outside his house until Joe Paterno accompanied us over to the stadium and onto the sideline, and before the game we would stand with our Coach Joe Paterno, and publicly apologize to the families, and then offer our prayers for them, and then he would coach our school, our team, and PSU community to our victory over Nebraska.

One man was the felon in this matter, not the entire PSU community, not the PSU institution, not Joe Paterno, and his players.

This is my take on the entire situation.

Donald G. Reeves.
Miami Beach, FL