Nike’s Phil Knight Addresses Paterno Firing at Memorial Service

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Someone had to talk about it; the elephant in the room. In all the tributes paid to Joe Paterno these past few days, a few talked about his recent dismissal. Little to none discussed it in a substantive sense. Nike CEO Phil Knight at least touched upon it; but ended up doing little more than Paterno/Penn State cheerleading.

Maybe it would have been better if he had just kept his mouth shut.

Thursday’s memorial event ended the public mourning period for Paterno. Public viewings were held Tuesday and Wednesday morning at a campus followed by a funeral Mass, procession and burial for Paterno that afternoon.

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Breaking: Penn State President Graham Spanier Gone By Day’s End

Darren Rovell's photo Penn State's logo today (via @Quickish, @n2st)

Multiple outlets, including ESPN, are reporting that Penn State president Graham Spanier will be gone by the end of the day- either he’ll resign, or he’ll be forced out. The man now nicknamed “Cocker Spanier” has gone unseen and unheard during all this.

The on-campus rioting/demonstration last night conveyed that this has really gone on long enough.

Obviously Spanier has to go, there is a groundswell of grassroots support for his ouster.

More than 1,600 people in nearly every state created a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Penn St. University’s Board of Trustees to fire President Graham Spanier after he failed to notify the police about a 2002 incident of suspected child sexual abuse in the locker room of the university’s football team by retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
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