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JoePa fought school over player discipline

Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 12:58 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's no secret that while he was the head coach at Penn State, Joe Paterno may have been the most powerful man on campus in State College, and according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Paterno wielded that power whenever possible when it came to the discipline of his players. The Wall Street Journal acquired emails from and talked to former Penn State University standards and conduct officer Vicky Triponey who says that Paterno fought her every step of the way, and wanted to hold football players to a different standard than other students.
The confrontations came to a head in 2007, according to one former school official, when six football players were charged by police for forcing their way into a campus apartment that April and beating up several students, one of them severely. That September, following a tense meeting with Mr. Paterno over the case, she resigned her post, saying at the time she left because of "philosophical differences."

In a statement Monday, Dr. Triponey said: "There were numerous meetings and discussions about specific and pending student discipline cases that involved football players," which she said included "demands" to adjust the judicial process for football players. The end result, she said, was that football players were treated "more favorably than other students accused of violating the community standards as defined by the student code of conduct."
The story also tells of other incidents that took place during Triponey's tenure at Penn State, including a meeting between Paterno and Triponey in 2005 that also involved President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and assistant athletic director Fran Ganter. At this meeting Paterno was very vocal in his critique of Triponey and expressed how he didn't like her meddling in the football team's business, which Paterno felt was his territory.

Things came to a head in September of 2005 following the school's suspension of linebacker Dan Connor who had been accused of making harrassing phone calls to a retired assistant coach. Despite the suspension, Paterno ordered Connor to suit up for practice and Connor says he could only recall being suspended for games, not practices.

This resulted in Graham Spanier coming to Triponey's house to inform her that Paterno had given him an ultimatum. The school was to either fire Triponey or he would cease his efforts to fund-raise for the school. Connor's suspension was then reduced to 10 days.

Then came the 2007 incident with the Penn State players involved in that fight at a campus apartment. It was another incident in which Paterno and Triponey had differing views on how things should be handled, with Paterno saying that his players couldn't be expected to cooperate with the school's disciplinary process because it would mean that they'd have to testify against each other, and that would make it hard to play football together.

The majority of charges against the players were eventually dropped, with two players pleading guilty to misdemeanors. There were also four players suspended for a summer semester, but none ever had to miss any games.

Shortly after Triponey resigned and was replaced by Bob Secor, and the school instituted new rules that gave the school limited ability to end a student's participation in activities such as football.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:07 pm

JoePa fought school over player discipline

Ok, first, this is about the Sandusky sordid ordeal.  If Joe didn't report it, as he stated, the very next day to the V.P. and head of Campus Police, then there is a huge problem.  It's a problem even if he did but did not follow up.  But now the witness is presenting reports that he told Paterno and now states he informed Police.  No record of the latter.

The tag on people will be heard from.  But where in the hell were they when the incidents happened? Now the flood doors are open and everyone in the higher level on administration will be tainted. 

It is somewhat illogical that all of a sudden Joe is scum dating back to 2002.  How many other major coaches have lost jobs during that time.  Well, now we have the alphabet of soup investigating. So the reports will come out and should be relatively accurate in conclusions.

Now, the bar has been set.  Every school should be subject to this type of investigation, sanctioned by the NCAA.   Want to bet it won't happen?

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:34 pm

JoePa fought school over player discipline

I should have caught this glitch.
Sorry for the error.

I don't think you're not getting this.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:30 pm

JoePa fought school over player discipline

Hey look everybody, Vicky is trying to cash in on the penn state tragedy. So why didn't you report this years ago? Now all of the sudden you have to get this off your chest and report it?


Cash in?? 
I don't think you're not getting this.

She isn't coming out now, "all of the sudden". She was sought out by one of hundreds of people investigating this scandal.

The woman was put in place as a compliance officer and when she attempted to enforce the rules she was hired to oversee and enforce, she was told to look the other way.

Who was it you wanted her to report student-player violations to after getting shut down by the President of the University?

He took orders from Paterno. 

When she tried to take action, she'd get a visit at her home from the school President letting her know that no matter what the rules or laws state, Joe Paterno runs the school and what he says goes.

At that point she resigned rather than be part of an unethical system.
She deserves applause IMHO. I'm sure that position paid well, but money apparently didn't dictate her moral compass.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:27 am

JoePa fought school over player discipline

Dang, RAMON, that must be very uncomfortable for your mom laying on her back on a computer!!!  Maybe you should buy her a matress.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:11 am

JoePa fought school over player discipline

Hey look everybody, Vicky is trying to cash in on the penn state tragedy. So why didn't you report this years ago? Now all of the sudden you have to get this off your chest and report it?

Hey look everyone, a psu fan...shocker.

Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:05 am
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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:33 am

@migp44...You`re GLAD he did it ?!?

"College kids all make mistakes".Assault causing bodily harm is a felony.Professionaly trained athletes such as the spoiled,pampered,protected thugs that assaulted college STUDENTS are NOT "kids".And that enabler ,Paterno,was not helping anyone.He was commiting a felony by obstructing justice.And god only knows how many times.As for those of you that are to stupid to figure out WHY some of this is just coming out now,it`s because up untill a couple of months ago Paterno was,as one newsperson put it correctly,the most powerful man in the State.Now that he`s being exposed as the fraud that was/is,and a protector of child rapists,even the governor and DA`s office is having trouble protecting him from the truth.Especially seeing how the present day governor of Pennsylvania was the DA at the time this all happened.Now the DA`s office is on tv trying to protect the former DA for not going after a child rapist.Because of football.

This is just the beginning.I wonder how many female students were date raped by Paterno`s "kids"(thugs) that he protected from other felonies like the assult causing bodily harm.If he`ll protect a child rapist,who knows how low he`ll sink.

Has Paterno come out yet and told the rocket scientists that are harassing victim #1 at his high school to stop harassing the victim in Paterno`s name ? Sick bastards,but that`s the mentallity pumped into them 
 This is indeed exactly like the catholic church.Sick.And how many more incidents at Penn are waiting for the light of day,and how many more other schools are about to be exposed ? 

The world is watching,and what a sick picture we`re getting   

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:59 am

"JoePa guarded players"

"JoePa guarded players" is spin.  More like "JoePa interfered with law enforcement."

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:10 am

JoePa fought school over player discipline

I would say the reason she is coming out now is that journalists are looking for corroboration or patterns of behavior regarding JoePa's tendency to protect the football program and cover up anything that may tarnish Penn St.  This kind of thing is very damaging to his, and Penn St.'s credebiliity when it comes to the Sandusky affair.  If JoePa wasn't going to let players who broke into a house and beat the hell out of someone face discipline, it stands to reason that he would cover up for Sandusky so as not to tarnish the program.

I'll be honest, the more I read about this guy, the more I find him to be a major scum bag.  All of you hero worshippers out there need to stand down, this is not a very nice person at all...


Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:24 am

JoePa fought school over player discipline

Hey look everybody, Vicky is trying to cash in on the penn state tragedy. So why didn't you report this years ago? Now all of the sudden you have to get this off your chest and report it?

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