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    Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    At Penn State, Joe Paterno was larger than life, even cast in bronze. His power and influence were so great, no one dared to confront, and certainly not defy, the legend, according to a former university official.





    During her four years as vice president for student affairs, Vicky Triponey challenged that power and lost. Triponey held direct oversight of the Office of Judicial Affairs, the university's disciplinary arm. When football players ran afoul of school policy, Triponey said Paterno interfered with the discipline process.
    After one such incident, Triponey said, then-president Graham Spanier told her, "Vicky, you're one of the handful of people who have seen the darker side of Joe Paterno."

    In another instance, Triponey said, Spanier told her, "You can't expect to change the culture" and that in "40 years he never saw anybody stand up to Joe Paterno." Spanier did not respond to an interview request this week. Multiple calls to Paterno's publicist were not returned; neither was an e-mail request to his on-campus PR person.
    Triponey's account of the pressure she faced sheds light on the influence the football program had on the university. This culture has now come under scrutiny in the wake of the worst scandal in college sports history.
    Following the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a period of 15 years Spanier and Paterno were forced out. According to a grand jury report, Paterno and three other university officials failed to notify police after a graduate assistant coach witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in the school's football facility in 2002. Sandusky has maintained his innocence.
    Paterno is not a target of the investigation.
    Athletics director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz were accused of failing to report the alleged abuse to police and perjuring themselves before a grand jury. Their lawyers have claimed they are innocent.
    Bill Asbury, who worked almost three decades at the university and preceded Triponey as vice president of student affairs, understands Happy Valley's culture better than most. He played football in college and the NFL and is a member of the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
    "When we say, 'We are Penn State,' it's more than just 'We are Penn State and you're not.' It's also: 'We are Penn State and we are one. We are members on the same team, therefore we will do whatever it takes to protect the team, the culture around the team and university,' " Asbury said. However, he likely could never have imagined that protecting the program would cross the line to criminal behavior, as the allegations of a coverup suggest.
    Ex-PSU official saw Paterno's 'dark side' – USATODAY.com



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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    Hard to take anyone seriously when they are just talking about their experiences Years/Decades later. Anyone could have done something about all these issues but turned a blind-eye to it.





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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    Dear Vicky
    STFU. You should have spoken earlier.



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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Hard to take anyone seriously when they are just talking about their experiences Years/Decades later. Anyone could have done something about all these issues but turned a blind-eye to it.


    It hasn't been decades for her. She worked at Penn State from 2003 to 2007.


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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    It hasn't been decades for her. She worked at Penn State from 2003 to 2007.
    I know. That's why I said years. Decades refers to the University as a whole (ie. her predecessors)




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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    The article stated that she challenged the power and lost. Very familiar story.



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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    Quote Originally Posted by gogagig View Post
    Dear Vicky
    STFU. You should have spoken earlier.
    If she had spoken earlier, it probably wouldve been ignored by the media in general, plus it isnt that big of a story on its own. Better for her to move on, rather than to generate publicity for herself that might make it more difficult for her to find another job.



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    Re: Ex-Penn State official saw Paterno's 'dark side'

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    If she had spoken earlier, it probably wouldve been ignored by the media in general, plus it isnt that big of a story on its own. Better for her to move on, rather than to generate publicity for herself that might make it more difficult for her to find another job.
    +1.
    Anyone ever thought that JoePa is not untouchable before this scandal is delusional. The man was beyond untouchable and like other whistleblowers, she would have been public enemy no. 1. Plus, the special treatments for students-athletes are really rampant.



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