Published Tuesday, November 8, 2011 AT 1:25 PM / Updated at 6:48 PM
Pelini: No distractions
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Tuesday again steered clear of commenting at all on the situation in Happy Valley. The Huskers visit Penn State on Saturday for an 11 a.m. CST game.

“I honestly don’t know much about what’s going on there,” Pelini said during the weekly Big Ten teleconference. “I can’t speculate on things I don’t know. It’s not a distraction for our football team. We haven’t talked about it, we won’t talk about it.”

The national media has swarmed State College following the scandal involving former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The university on Tuesday morning canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly press conference and rumors continue to swirl about Paterno’s future as head coach, a position he has held since 1966. Paterno also did not take part in his scheduled segment of the Big Ten call.

Pelini did comment briefly on the Penn State football team, which currently is 8-1 overall and leading the Leaders Division of the Big Ten at 5-0.

“They’re well-coached,” he said. “They play hard. They’re very sound in what they do, and they have good talent on both sides of the football. They’re a good football team.”

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Comments

  1. Huskerdan says:

    Some at Pen State have been wanting Joe Pa to exit for some time now. Likley this will be leveraged to insure his is gone. What a sad way for a brilliant person to leave, should no further evidence of wrongdoing or negligence on his part be uncovered.

    1. kevin says:

      I would no longer use JoePa and Brillant in the same sentence. He needed to report the ALLEGATION and let the facts sort themselves out… he didn’t

  2. David says:

    He may have fulfilled all of his legal obligations, however, when he noticed that nothing ever came of it, he should have notified the police. If I found out my brother was taking advantage of a child, I would report him immediately, it should be the same way with employees. This is a disgustingly grotesque situation that Joe Pa should have taken care of, but he did not do so which is why he probably will no longer be employed by the end of the month, if not the end of the week.

    1. bernard says:

      He did not know if it was true or not, its not his job to find out either, that is the job of the AD or higher

    2. Johnny_Nebraska says:

      David, that is why I think all of this is a bit of a stretch. I would like to have thought that if the intern knew that the individual in the shower with Sandyucky was a 10 year old boy, I would have liked to have thought he would have intervened and called the police. That is why I am under the impression he thought Sandyucky was in there with either another “man” or a woman having, oh what do they call that now…”casual cocentual sex between two mutually agreeable adults of legal age.”

      The only thing getting better about this idiotic lifestyle the boomers have brought us, appears to be the vocabulary words used to describe the stupidity.

      1. nunya says:

        Johnny_Nebraska,
        You need to read this entire story before you comment on it. The Graduate Assistant (who you refer to as an ‘intern’) is the only one who saw the incident and he is the one who estimated that the boy was 10 years old. Take a look at his testimony. There is ZERO chance he thought it was between 2 men or a man and woman. He is the one who identified the victim as a boy approximately 10 years of age.

        JoePa fulfilled the absolute minimum required by law by telling his superior about the rape of a 10 year old boy in his locker room shower by a former PSU employee and current professor emeritus and friend of 30 years. Would JoePa have done the absolute minimum if it was his grandson in the shower with Sandusky? He needed to do more…as a human being looking out for the welfare of a 10 year old boy. No doubt, the GA should have done more too. ALL of them should have done more!!!

        1. Nard Dog says:

          Johnny_Nebraska,
          Blaming this on society and the “toleration of homosexuality” is a narrow minded approach. This is about a sick man who preyed on little boys and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the ideals of our nation or baby boomers as you stated. For you to say that is absolutely sickening. This is about the failures of grown men who were looked upon as idols and role models. This is about their failure to report and protect innocence. It is that simple. If it were my loved one that were preyed upon I would expect a criminal investigation of Joe Paterno along with anyone else who knew of the crime and didn’t go to authorities. I think people are making Paterno into something bigger than he really is. He’s a man, just a man, who coached football. The fact that he didn’t report this to police makes him even less than that.

        2. DeeDub says:

          Well said!

        3. DeeDub says:

          Well put!

  3. Nitlion says:

    If you saw a child being raped at your place of employment, would you do nothing more then tell your boss about what you saw?? If so you are a sick human being. Adults, all adults have a moral obligation to protect innocent children. Both Joe Pa and the Grad assistant should have notified the police and niether one did. i am a Penn State alum and donor and have been a vocal defender of Paterno. Coach Paterno should resign immediately and apologize to the victims. He harbored and enabled a pedophile and innocent children were harmed because of it.

    1. Edward J Pearsall says:

      nitlion well said everyone wants to punish Joe Pa what about McQuery? Not one person is questioning his role. He saw something bad happen and didn’t intervene, what a loser!

      1. Brad says:

        Anyone that knew anything about this and didn’t ensure it was taken care of properly should be gone yesterday. All of these adults share the blame for this tragedy. It is utterly amazing that a 28 year old coach witnessed this and did nothing but cry to Joe Pa is pathetic. If you are a football fan do you want McQuery teaching your son how to be a man……………not be.

    2. bleedred says:

      Agree 100% with Nitlion.I to am a big Joepa fan if he failed to protect out Children by not calling the Police,then he needs to resign.Sad but true he has an obligation as we all do to protect innicent kids………

  4. Lakewood Husker says:

    Not sure what they were thinking, but JoePa was the most powerful man on campus so if nothing was done JoePa had a hand in that. I think he should be forced to retire after the season; but I also think they should cancel the rest of their season immediately. This situation is as ugly as they come and they should start to acknowledge that through their actions.

  5. Edward J Pearsall says:

    you can’t cancel the season none of these kids on the team had anything to do with this!

  6. Edward J Pearsall says:

    McQuery and any body else who was involved need to step down immediatly . case closed

  7. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    Pelini……………….you are the distraction.

    1. Brian says:

      Derp.

  8. Chuck says:

    One thing that still bothers me is that McQueary witnessed a 10 year old child being raped in the shower and didn’t go intervene directly. He ran home and told his dad, when he should have gone into the shower and tore that rapist off the kid and gone directly to police. Instead, everyone in the chain of command at PSU decided to sweep it under the rug, leading to more innocent kids to be raped in the years following. Shame on all of them. Thoughts and prayers are with those kids and their families.

    1. Brian says:

      Johnny_Nebraska . . . like someone said to you earlier, you need educate yourself on this topic. First, it was not an intern but a grad assistant. Second, read the grand jury report. Google it. It is the grad assistant’s testimony that it was a 10 year boy. Why are you going to such great lengths defending the grad assistant here?

  9. firedog says:

    Well said. Everyone writing that “I would’ve done this” or “he should’ve done that” is full of it. Unless you’ve been in the exact position of the involved parties you can’t say how you would respond or how someone else should respond. Did everyone handle the situation correctly? No, and heads will continue to roll because of it. The dynamics of hierarchy and very powerful people are involved. Similar scenarios have played out time and again where horrible actions are covered up or squelched because of the people involved. What allegedly happened in Happy Valley is despicable and those responsible must face the most harsh penalties, but to throw a Grad Assistant under the bus for not playing superhero is wrong.

    1. kevin says:

      Firedog, If it was your 10 year old child would u feel the same way ?

  10. Frank says:

    Really? A boy is raped in your locker room and your okay with Joe Pa going internally. What if it were your kid? What then? Joe Pa still your hero. This kind of crap sickens me.

  11. what if it was NU? says:

    What a sad, way for JoePa to go. This has all happened before many times at one institution or another, whether a parish or a scout troop, or a summer camp. If you see such a thing going on, even if it at the place you love overseen by people you respect Call the Police CALL THE POLICE , CALL THE POLICE. McQueary should have called his dad, told JoePa and CALLE D THE POLICE. jOE PA should have told Curley and CALLED THE POLICE. if such a thing were to happen at NU I would call for T.O. to be sacked if he did nothing other than tell his Boss. If the Police did nothing, call the State Police etc. It seems so elementary yet the same thing happened in Institution after institution all escalating in criminal scale every time someone failed to call Police to avoid embarrassing their Institution or their friend who turned out to be a pedophile.

  12. Johnny_the moral one says:

    Its hard to understand your angle here. Joe Pa was told of a a sexual assault and he did tell his superiors (like he was supposed to) but when no action was taken, his decision was to turn his back on that poor child. Meanwhile more sexual assaults occurred with more children. Give me a break!

    If you think this is appropriate, then I must say, that I feel sorry for you! I was involved with something very similar to this about 20 years ago. I also reported the act but I have to say if that act was not reported to the authorities I would have gone straight to the police. Any person with an decency and morals would have done the same thing. Morality always trumps legality. Paterno has just shown us his true colors!

  13. Johnny_St Louis - Dont confuse me with Johnny_Nebrrraska says:

    Johnny_Nebraska its hard to understand your angle here. Joe Pa was told of a a sexual assault and he did tell his superiors (like he was supposed to) but when no action was taken, his decision was to turn his back on that poor child. Meanwhile more sexual assaults occurred with more children. Give me a break!

    If you think this is appropriate, then I must say, that I feel sorry for you! I was involved with something very similar to this about 20 years ago. I also reported the act but I have to say if that act was not reported to the authorities I would have gone straight to the police. Any person with an decency and morals would have done the same thing. Morality always trumps legality. Paterno has just shown us his true colors!

  14. BlueJay says:

    Penn State situation is a mess. That being said the Huskers need to go in their and kick some butt.

  15. Sandhiller says:

    Does anyone else find it suspicious that the graduate assistant who caught Sandusky in the act is now wr coach/recruiting coordinator for PSU? Sounds like Joe Pa said, “Keep your mouth shut and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.” I cannot imagine witnessing this incident and then sticking with the program that allowed this monster to hang around.

  16. DeeDub says:

    It’s a travesty to read things that have happened to the kids period. My guess is that aside from this tragedy for the kids families, Penn St Board has finally found a way / excuse to show the exit to Mr. Paterno regardless of his role in this. I’m sure they were dreading forcing him out over the past few years and have been hoping to hear that he would step down – never looked like that as a possible scenario….until now, they have this to have him shoulder some of the blame. Everyone will talk about the school and Paterno (I guess I kind of did too). The real sadness is for the kids and their families regardless of what happens to Mr. Paterno.

  17. Joey says:

    NU needs to lose the last of their games, and their Bowl game. So next season Bo WON’T be holding T-Tragic’s hand anymore. Then if he has ANY common sense, hire a DL, and a DB coordinator. So we can recruit BLUE CHIPS on defense again. This time recruit a DEFENSE WITH SOME SPEED!!!!!!!!!When a team with a losing record can out run your defense, that’s pretty RIDICULOUS!!!!!

  18. HuskerDave says:

    There are still people defending Paterno… “He reported to his boss, so he did everything he legally had to.” REALLY? I don’t know about Pennsylvania, but in most places, state employees are mandatory reporters. Paterno is a government employee, and had an obligation (whether due to his job or just as a human being) to report any knowledge of sexual abuse to the police. The same is true for any graduate assitants, assistant coaches, or athletic department employees. Failure to make such a report is not just an oversight or an “oops” moment, it’s a crime. Covering up the abuse is a further crime.

    Universities are still supposed to be places of learning. Properly meting out punishment to all who neglected their duties and responsibilities in this case could teach a few thousand college students an important lesson. Attempting to shield a revered coach despite his criminal negligence will teach them the wrong lesson.