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Paterno´s son and other ex-coach
sue Penn State for lost careers

Reuters, by David DeKok

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/23/2014 8:56:42 AM

Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal. Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks coach for 12 seasons under his father, and Bill Kenney, the former offensive coach, were both fired in January 2012 by Bill O´Brien, the coach who replaced the elder Paterno. "The terminations ... had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the (Jerry) Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiff´s heretofore stellar reputations," lawyers for

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/23/2014 9:24:59 AM     (No. 9936546)

Pretty thin gruel for a lawsuit:

Rather, they say, they were maligned by implication, for example by the university´s failure to say publicly that they were not being fired for any connection to the Sandusky scandal.

And football precedent is on Penn State´s side:

Lisa M. Powers, spokeswoman for Penn State, said it is "common practice for incoming head coaches to select their own coaching staff." She said the school would add no further comment.

Paterno sounds like a world class whiner. Also sounds like a minor assistant coach who tried to trade on his disgraced father´s name. Why else would he think that he should be picked up by a major sports network for commentator work?

Oh, BTW, article says he has a book coming out....



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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/23/2014 9:27:15 AM     (No. 9936547)

Correction of omission of first sentence quoted from article:

Kenney and the younger Paterno do not offer any direct evidence in their lawsuit of Penn State officials slandering them directly.

Rather, they say, they were maligned by implication, for example by the university´s failure to say publicly that they were not being fired for any connection to the Sandusky scandal.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/23/2014 11:41:47 AM     (No. 9936747)

Yep they were thrown to the wolves...did they ever say anything about Sandusky? How could they NOT KNOW?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/23/2014 2:09:52 PM     (No. 9936937)

They worked alongside Sandusky for how long? Had to know - or at least suspect - that something was wrong. Let them be pariahs, too. Life lesson.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/23/2014 3:57:24 PM     (No. 9937072)

What strength of character Paterno´s son displays with this lawsuit. Typical liberal point of view -- he feels he is OWED a career at Penn State. A Penn State alum at our hospital says of course they all knew, from what he has been told...

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