When interim PSU president said, “Penn State would not only do what is required under the law; we will do what is right.” it appears that he was admitting that the university fell short in its responsibilities concerning the scandal. The ousted president seemingly was more concerned with trying to save the university from excessive embarrassment than he was about justice. In that attempt, the minimum was done to make PSU seem like it was fully cooperating with the law. If PSU’s actions were equated to an SOL test, they barely got a 400. Sure they did what was required under the law, but did they do all they could have done, i.e., what was right? A resounding, “NO” is the answer to that question!!
The coaches did not do much more than the minimum. McQueary, who witnessed the crime, reported it to his father before going to Paterno, who told the Athletic Director a “version” of what was told to him. If Coach Paterno sugar-coated or watered-down McQueary’s account in an attempt to trivializeSandusky’s actions, than he is guilty of an ethical or moral violation. PSU’s “powers-that-be” obviously believed that protecting the school’s image was much more important than doing what was right . . . and that is WRONG!