In an April 11 radio program on WRSC, in defending his reasons for the firing of Joe Paterno, Penn State trustee Joel Myers said Paterno had issued a statement saying, “I’m gonna run the football program to the end of the season and then retire. The board of trustees should run the university.”
Myers went on to explain that what that statement portrayed was that “a football coach is telling the board of trustees ‘hands off the the football program; you run these professors, the research operations, the staff and everything else and leave me alone.’ ”
“That’s the antithesis of institutional control of the athletics,” Myers said.
What Paterno actually said was: “I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of the season. At this moment the board of trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. ... My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this university.”
This is a far cry from what Myers said.
“And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this university.”
Myers should do this instead of spinning his career and statements by others to get votes for another term on the board.
Bill Porter, Chambersburg