Phil Knight was the only speaker to say anything about the scandal at Penn State that eventually led to the firing of Paterno, and he did so cutting straight to the heart of the situation.
Knight said, “This much is clear to me: If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation and not in Joe Paterno.”
While Knight’s comments weren’t the most moving, and they weren’t the words of Joe’s son Jay, they were very forward as to how the family inside of Happy Valley feels about what has taken place and how Joe Pa was made to leave the program.
I respect Knight’s comments, and agree with what he said. Joe Paterno was not the villain, but he was made out to be one by the Board of Trustees and the situation could have been handled better. I mean really? Firing the winningest coach in college football history over the phone is just a little disrespectful.
Knight’s words got a very hearty round of applause.
Now before all of the comments pour in, I do believe that Joe Pa didn’t do enough, but I also know that someone his age may not have even understood the magnitude of the situation that Sandusky put him in.