Should Joe Paterno Resign Over Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal?

Should Joe Paterno have done more once he learned of allegations against his assistant coach?


The Penn State football program has been rocked by recent allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a number of young boys. Sandunsky—who founded Second Mile, an organization for underprivileged children—reportedly molested boys as young as 10 in his home and on the Penn State campus. The controversy is shaking up the Penn State athletics chain of command. Athletic Director Tim Curley and finance official Gary Schultz stepped down from their positions Monday, and both face charges of failing to notify the police and of perjury in their grand jury statements. Attention is now focused on famed head coach Joe Paterno and whether he will survive the scandal.

Paterno, who in over 45 years as coach has won the most games in big-time college football history, obeyed the legal minimum by reporting Sandunsky's behavior to his Penn State higher-ups after the allegations came to his attention. He is currently not under any police investigation. Yet many think he could have done more, and that he should have reached out to the proper authorities once it was clear that other Penn State officials were not going to report Sandunsky themselves.

What do you think? Should Joe Paterno resign over the Penn State sex abuse scandal? Take the poll and comment below.

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