In an Aug. 12, 2005, email to Pennsylvania State University President
Graham Spanier and others, Vicky Triponey, the university's standards and
conduct officer, complained that Mr. Paterno believed she should have "no
interest, (or business) holding our football players accountable to our
community standards. The Coach is insistent he knows best how to discipline his
players…and their status as a student when they commit violations of our
standards should NOT be our concern…and I think he was saying we should treat
football players different from other students in this regard." ...
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." ...
Dr. Triponey's office suspended Dan Connor, a Penn State linebacker, who
had been accused of making harassing calls to a retired assistant coach. Shortly
after the suspension was handed down, Mr. Paterno ordered the player to suit up,
according to a person familiar with the matter. Dr. Triponey informed the player
that if he suited up for practice, he would be in violation of his suspension
and could face expulsion. Mr. Connor says he recalled being suspended only for
games, not practice. The incident prompted Mr. Spanier to visit Dr. Triponey at
her home. Dr. Triponey confirms he told her that Mr. Paterno had given him an
ultimatum: Fire her, or Mr. Paterno would stop fund-raising for the school. She
says Mr. Spanier told her that if forced to choose, he would choose her over the
coach—but that he did not want to have to make that choice.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Not TV ugly, but ugly ugly
So, a coach who hung on for dear life to get a win's record wasn't willing to win at all costs? Now that the saintliness is off Paterno, expect several more skeletons to start walking out of that closet. One of the first, Dr. Vicky Triponey.