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Coming up this evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Basketball Hall of Famer and Duke University head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski for a candid conversation on everything from Team USA and the Blue Devils to Joe Paterno and Penn State.
With 927 collegiate victories to his credit, "Coach K" exists amongst an exclusive fraternity of NCAA legends, making him uniquely qualified to share insight on the legacy of one of his contemporaries:
"Probably the only person that could rival you in reputation for college sport was Joe Paterno, and his career came to this awful, tragic end," offers Piers Morgan. "How did you feel about that, as someone that knew him well, worked in a parallel world to him for a long time?"
"It was horrible, and I've respected Coach Paterno my entire life and had a chance to get to know him really well in the last year of his life," says Krzyzewski. "I thought it was really not well done in handling the situation that - it's a difficult situation to encounter."
Having coached the Blue Devils since 1980, in the process winning four National Championships and 13 ACC Tournaments, Krzyzewski is in many ways synonymous with Duke University. Paterno's association with Penn State is remarkably similar, and "Coach K" says it was grossly undervalued:
"You had somebody who's given six decades of service to the university and done such an incredible job. Somehow, you have to let - something has to play out and respect the fact that you've gone through all these experiences for six decades," he insists. "It doesn't just go out the window right at the end. I thought it was a real mistake by Penn State's leadership."
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Yes, the man who was complicit in a conspiracy to cover up child, should have been let go much softer, after all he is a legend.
Another clueless idividual making comments about a situation & man you know nothing about! Joe was not "covering up" what that piece of crap did...How THICK are you people to believe that everyone knew what was going on all this time...a predator is just that! Just like a serial killer...there are reason's that they are capable of years of getting away with things....you wouldn't know a pedaphile if you tripped over one!
You're the one making up comments. Joe was definitely covering it up. It's called Grand Jury testimony. Why don't YOU educate yourself and read it sometime.
Sir Joe Paterno let this guy stay with the PSU program after being told what he was doing...and from Paterno's own words never spoke to Sandusky about it ! You are dreaming and Coach K is living in another world!
AMAZED is incorrect. There is nothing in the Grand Jury indicating Paterno was any part of the coverup.
YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT JOEPA ARE RIGHT ON! RIGHT TO THE POINT! I LIVE IN ALABAMA NOW AND LOCALS WERE COMING UP TO ME CAUSE I WEAR MY PSU GEAR ALL THE TIME HERE,THEY WERE EMBRACING ME AND DISHEARTENED AND PROUD OF JOE .DAD RECIEVED HIS DOCTORATE FROM PENN STATE AND CALLED ME CUSSING OUT THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND STOPPING HIS MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS.
We now know he was covering it up , sad but true man
Oh really, the GJ report said that he covered it up? Please enlighten me and show me where it says Paterno covered it up.
If you actually read the GJ report, instead of reading what CNN and ESPN, etc. tells you is in it, you would see that he knew very little, nothing more than a second-hand comment about something that may have been going on. Then he told his superiors in the university, which is the state law and protocol for PA and many other states.
Further, if you actually follow the case and read more than what espn and cnn, etc. are actually telling you, you would know that Paterno did follow up with administrators and McQueary multiple times, and was informed that an investigation was being run and that everything was being handled, and that they wanted him to stay away from the situation.
It's a shame that lunatic people who don't know what actually happened are spouting off the way they are
The other overwhelming issue that the average person just doesn't get is that a Grand Jury summary is a highly prejudicial summary of the case as the DA sees it because it is written by the DA. It doesn't necessarily provide testimony information verbatim and it doesn't include all testimony, only what supports the DA's case to bring formal charges against someone. Mass media is a dangerous tool in that it almost always is slanted to enrage the public and rarely educates them. The internet has only made this worse.
Excellent point. Coach K was right. Period.
This reply is directed towards "amazed"... okay, we'll talk about the Grand Jury, maybe YOU need to READ it sometime! Where or where does it say Coach Paterno covered it up...?? In fact it says the opposite. He notified the people he was suppose to and was said to be truthful. I'm so sick of you people wanting to blame the only one that DID do what he was suppose to. Yes, there were those at PS that probably had something to do with the cover-up. Plus the Second Mile, the Gentleman's club where the big wigs knew what was happening but didn't want to loose the funding which would end their jobs. Throwing the blame all on Paterno's shoulders is just not factual!!!!!
Yeah, tell all of Sandusky's victims after 2001 that JoePa did what he was suppose to do. Joe was even quoted himself he wish he did more!!
No one is throwing the blame to Paterno but you have to acknowledge he did not do enough. He even stated he waited to tell schultz and curry until after the weekend so he wouldnt 'ruin their weekend'. What about that poor kid's weekend, his innocence, his life! Then they decide just to take away sandusky's locker room keys to penn state? That's all?
You shame your mother with such stupid ill-formed comments.
You are way off. He passed it on to people to investigate. If Paterno hadn't told them your point would have some validity, but it really doesn't. The failure didn't lie with him.
KeepOn, if you keep posting your opposition, does it change anything? You may wish to read his interview in the Washington Post and find out the truth.
spawnof84, you're missing Coach K's point. Paterno was let go very tersely by a group of people who, as it turns out, knew a lot more than they let on and clearly wanted to quickly dispose of Paterno to take the heat off themselves. Coach K didn't say Paterno didn't make any mistakes, he said Penn State officials did a terrible job handling the situation. They told Paterno not to tell his side of the story and he listened. The board then fired him before he had a chance to do so. I think Coach K was right on, and he would know more about what it would be like to be in the situation more than any of us.
I am so mad that I could scream. If I have to listen to one more person who says Joe Paterno got a bad deal from Penn State after he "sacrificed all of his time being a coach for so many years". Joe Paterno had a job and it was to be the head football coach for Penn State's football team. I know he was paid very well for doing his job for many years. It was not a sacrafice it was his job. It does not matter at all how much you try to sugar coat what he did to help out Jerry Sandusky, it was WRONG just plain wrong. Those boys who were abused will carry that with them the rest of thier lives. Why should anyone connected in any way in this coverup get anything less. As a human being he sucked. You can make all of the excuses you want but he did know what was going on and it was his duty to follow up on what he was told. He looked the other way and said he thought it was taken care of. Lousy excuse. Penn State officials did him a favor by firing him. He should of been sent to jail. All people who help others abuse children should be ashamed. No sympathy from me. My sympathy is square with those boys and their families. No one is so great that they are not responsible for their actions. Not ever.
Thank you Jeanne!
Wow. You really have no idea what you are talking about. Like..none at all. If you feel so very strongly about this topic, I highly suggest you do just a smidge more research into it. Of course if he was complicit in a cover-up he's a terrible person. But there is ZERO evidence to suggest this. You really need to take a deep breath, slow down and learn more about this topic. Especially if you're going to comment on a subject people have way more knowledge about than you.
Thank you Stacie,
Jeane, I am also so mad I could scream, because people like you continue to comment on a subject you know so little about. Read the grand jury report, and you will see Joe did everything he was suppose to do. The media has allowed this to become a Joe Paterno thing when it is really a God awful Jerry Sandusky thing. This man did this, Paterno did not cover it up in any way. Please do a little research into the subject before you spout off on something you clearly know so little about. By the way research does not include reading a bunch of post by people who clearly have an agenda, or just plane do not like Penn State University. This list is very long, as whenever someone or something finds themselves at the top, there are people waiting in line to bring them down. So Jeane, please show a little common sense and research before you spot off and make yourself look so foolish.
Jeannie, You are very mistaken. Paterno didn't cover it up, he told the authorities. He did the right thing, the fact that you feel the need to hang the fate of those poor kids on him shows how you have been influenced by the media. Jerry fooled alot of people, the media fooled more.
How do you hear about something like that and then interact with that person for nine years afterwards? You put on blinders and pretend it never happened. Then as your health fails, the realization kills you. Joe was a modern day Greek Tragedy. He died knowing he should have done more. He may not have committed a crime, but he made a tremendous moral error. And if you say, what would you have done in his shoes? You don't know. You can't. Everyone lives their own life with its triumphs and its tribulations. Joe had his glory, and unfortunately the fall from it.
Spawn is missing many points, but my guess is that happens often – let Coach K and others that can formulate their own opinions do just that
This should be read aloud at the next meeting of the Penn State Board of Trustees. Immediately after that, every Trustee that was a member on 11/9/11 should submit their resignations in the best interests of Penn State.
Including the one who stepped on this and did not allow it to come out until he was elected Gov. of Pa, Penn State trustee Tom Corbit, he was the one to bully the rest of the trustees into doing the midnight fireing, but did not have the balls to call JoePa himself. He knew before anyone else about the grand jury investigation, and did not allow any info to coome out until he was sure to be elected, I can assure you he will not be elected again.
The stench coming from Corbett's office over this investigation and dismissal of Paterno is getting stronger every day, Corbett did a classic deflection move and appears to thus far being getting away with it but his day will come!
How about you Notre Dame fans, the football coach puts a kid on a scaffold to tape a practice with 60 mile an hour winds nad gets blown off and killed-the coach is still coaching. Then all you Syracuse fans Jim Baheim still coaching and his assist. coach is a perfert and Jim is still coaching. did the same thing as Sandusky
So the boys are saying they put up with this abuse for soo many years-but hey we didn't say anything because we could go to the football games. No way you are going to put up with abuse so go to football games and the other kid said if he said anything Sandusky would hurt his family and then continues to text Sandusky after the abuse. So easy to see through the lies. Great interview and hats off to Coach K
Jeanne, Joe Paterno was 10x the human being you, me, or millions of others are. He didn't help Sandusky abuse children, he did the right thing to try and stop what he knew as one situation. Could he have done more? Probably. But there are dozens of others who knew more about what Sandusky did and did less than Paterno, yet are hardly mentioned. So thank you for proving to the world that you cannot make an opinion of your own, but are completely manipulated by the media in front of you.
When did he did Paterno do the right thing to try and stop him? Afte he waited to tell Schultz and Curry (so he didn't ruin their weekend) or when they just took Sandusky's locker keys away. And this was in 2001, no? And there were more victims after this incident.
There's no probably. He should have done more. They all should have done more. So many people failed these little boys. Their innocence and lives are shattered because no one did enough or cared enough.
After reading all these opinions and replies to this story I agree and disagree with most, just like everyone else. There are a couple of points that I would like to share, yes everyone that knew about this situation share the blame. If someone knew more or less than others that doesnt make them more or less wrong, that just make them wrong period point blank! After it is all said and done everyone wanted Joe's head on a platter, everyone wanted members of the University head's on a platter. Not once does anyone say anything about the parents, you mean to tell me after everything that went on in these victim's lives with this situation the parents didnt know or have a clue about anything of what was going on? What was happening to their kids? You cant be serious! Most of these incidents happen when these kids are supposed to be watched, monitor and molded on a daily basis, not just by their teahers and coaches but most importantly by their parents. Somehow everyone is to blame but their parents. WOW!!..
I have to comment here about your post. Please do further investigating before you make statements like you did. Back when Sandusky was under investigation by the DA of the county, no charges were filed because they couldn't prove anything in a court of law. At that time Paterno talked to Sandusky and informed him he would not be considered for the head coaching position because JoePa had no intentions of retiring. He suggested Sandusky make up his mind what he wanted to do in the future, coach or concentrate on his charity, The Second Mile. Since there were no young boys attending Penn State, Sandusky decided to retire from PSU and concentrate on his charity. The unfortunate thing was he was allowed to have an office, keys to buildings, etc. at PSU and that authority was given to him by the AD, not JoePa. Whether you want to believe it or not, JoePa was the Head Football Coach only, not the AD or anything else at PSU. Yes he commanded a lot of respect, but he did not have the authority to do the many things people think he had the authority to do.When he was informed of the incident by McQueary, he did exactly what he was supposed to do and in hindsight, anyone would have said, perhaps I could have done more. We would all say that knowing what we would know on the day we said it, not 10 years earlier.
The truth will come out about this sordid mess once the trial of Sandusky is over. There will be others put on trial for what they failed to do about this and one of them is the former president of PSU, Graham Spanier. He knew more than anyone about what was going on and failed to do anything about it. He will suffer the consequences.
He went to Curley the next day. It was a weekend. Do you think that you might sleep on it to make sure that you did the right thing? Even if you disagree, the point was he did the right thing. Coach K is right.
Well said Richard!
I don't care how many decades he coached , he knew what was going on and did not even try to stop it .... The fact that he coached so many years makes even worse ... He knew better , shame on him... So no all the decades of him being a great coach is null and void .....
Read the news lately Jennifer? There was a secret file just turned over by the Louis Freeh investigation that confirms that Spanier, Curley and Schultz were in cohoots to cover this up...NO WHERE does it implicate Paterno in that file! He reported it, they covered it up, it's that simple.
Did you read Jennifer's comment? She didn't say he covered this up. He KNEW what happened and only reported to Schultz and Curry much later so he wouldnt ruin their weekend. He reported it one else, and they covered it up. Isn't that interesting? Why did he just report it to them? Something this heinious! And that's who he reports it to? Paterno knew Schultz and Curry did nothing except for take away Sandusky's locker room keys, which according to one of the victims reports was molested in the same locker rooms AFTER this incident. he had a responsibility as a father, grandfather and decent human being to stop Sandusky. He didn't. They all did nothing not just him.
How can you ignore that Paterno did not do enough? He even said he wish he did more.
And you give how much time and money to charities which support abused children? 0? What a shock you're a hypocrite. Blame the abuser and the higher ups who tried to hide what was going on. Don't blame the guy who at least tried to help.
Coach K has it exactly right!
At least someone has the balls to tell the truth. Paterno was scapegoated by the university and in my opinion ESPN, the trustees at Penn St and many others are responsible for his early death.
And what truth is that?
Paterno was told by McQueary he saw Sandusky sodomize a little boy in the shower in 2001. Paterno waits to report this to Curry and Schultz later. Sandusky's locker keys were supposedly taken away. That's it. Paterno followed up, and that is what is told and he's fine with this? Wipes his hands clean? I guess not his problem anymore?
Am I wrong with this information? Obviously their reactions to that incident did not stop Sandusky, because here we are, years later and more victims of Sandusky after that incident are brought forth.
They were all guilty of not doing enough to protect those little boys. All of them, McQueary, McQueary's dad, Paterno, Schultz, Curry, Spanier, all. of. them.
Don't ignore Paterno's lack of responsibility in not doing more to protect those boys.
The truth thataterno did nothing wrong and was scapegoated by the media and the public. No one is saying child abuse is OK butthe blaming of Joe Paterno is ridiculous. He did what he was supposed to do legally and morally. It was up to the heads of the univeristy to infirm the police and take action, Joe Paterno was in control of football decisions not people who were off his staff. Get the law and the facts straight before to smear someone. Oh and reading your high and mighty post I'm guessing you volunteer at charities which help abused children and donate your money to them all the time right? Or are you another hypocrite who only comes out when something like this occurs and likes to throw stones at everyone. You sir are pathetic.
Yes Jesus, I forgot you can do no wrong either legally or morally. Again you are really a pathetic person for smearing a man who has done more in his life time for people then you will ever do. Enjoy being on welfare for the rest of your life kid.
Oh and yes you are completly wrong with the facts. You would make a horrible lawyer.
But, Mike McQuery did enough? REALLY? He's the only one who had eye-witness knowledge and did nothing and for some reason THIS piece of crap is allowed to continue on PSU's payroll and get a "free ride" from everyone with regard to his responsibility in the case.
You are absolutely mistaken on what McQ told Paterno. In McQ own words he said that he couldn't tell him what happened. Paterno told his boss and the University police (an accredited police force) and let them do their job. Paterno did what he was supposed to do, had he done more you would be writing that he tried to influence the investigation. It's not about football, it's about due process and he (and you) deserve that.
I could understand these knuckleheads arguing that Joe Pa got a raw deal if the issue involved anything else but violence against children. This is a subject that is so horrible, so heinous, so violent, so sickening, so atrocious, so evil that Joe can't get a pass. Even if Joe had second hand, third hand, whatever hand information, he had a solemn responsibility to investigate until he was absolutely certain that children were not being violently abused by a predator. When it comes to child abuse 1000 decades of loyal service wouldn't be enough for some kind of pass
Oh I'm sorry Jesus when did you return from the dead? He did what he was supposed to do. Stop being a hypocrite.
I said there are knuckleheads posting comments to this story... you clearly qualify!
R- Paterno did what he was supposed to do, told the Athletic Director and the Police force investigated.
Does anyone believe this guy Sandusky was abusing children for fifteen years and his bosses knew nothing about it? You gotta be kidding.
they did know because his boss (Paterno) told people..it was Paterno's bosses who did nothing and covered it up, the facts are out there and very easy to check.
When the incident Poterno was told about happend, Sandusky no longer worked for Penn State university. He was no longer a coach and PATERNO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS EMPLOYMENT, it is to bad so many people with no knowledge of what really happend coment and make fools of themselves. Do some research, read the Grand Jury report, and then make some factual comments please.
First of all, look at your timelines. Next, there were dozens of counselors who worked with the kids who didn't see it or hear anything, so, no, the people who work with him 9-5 didn't know. Do you know what all of your co-workers do in their off time? Your boss? Come on, Pedophiles are not stupid,
I have always been a Coach K. fan first , and a Duke fan only if my other schools are not playing Duke. But I have always respected both the man, his teams, and the school! His words of support for Joe Paterno define my beliefs in both coach K. and Joepa. Joepa earned the right to be heard before the school allowed the media , and the politicians to throw him under the bus. Joe PA will be forgiven for any error in judgement, Long before the "lack of a "moral obligation", as demonstrated on the part of the administration, and the politicians will be vanquished from our memory of this tragedy. Long Live the memory of Joe PA , Gods Speed!
Please remember that Jerry Sandusky worked for Joe Paterno. He was his direct supervisor as the Head Coach. Joe Paterno did a lot of great things for the university but in this instance he relied on others instead of doiing more. That will be his legacy and the level of evil that was done in this instance does not take away all the good he did, But it does over shadow it as this did occur on his watch.
Jeff, you are so wrong!!!1Sandusky did not work for Paterno when all this stuff happend, he was no longer a coach at Penn State, he did NOT report directly to Joe Paterno. Know what you are talking about before you spout off you thoughts. Stop reading these comments pages for all your information. Do a little research and you will learn the truth.
I hope none of you are Catholic that are making these defamatory remarks about Joe Paterno. YOUR church has been involved in a long-term, organized activity of peophilia with numerous victims and numerous pedophiles. The people in charge (including the current Pope) *actively* hid these charges and moved these priests. By some of your reasonings, every single priest and bishop that was aware of this should be in jail or punished. Going further, since this has all been public knowledge for many years, every single Catholic themselves should be punished by not pushing their Church to end this and purge the Church of anyone involved with this disgusting practice. But, no, most Catholics just sit idly by as the horrors just go on and on. Yet I hear Catholics all the time crucify Joe Pa and say "it has nothing to do with the Catholic Church". I guarantee if there was as much anger directed at the Catholic Church as there was at Joe Pa, the Church would have been cleaned out along ago.
Check this site out, it shows all the priest in the USA that have been charged with pedophilia.
Paterno did not do enough. When he heard about it, he should have done EVERYTHING to protect the children. It is a shame that his legacy will include looking the other way, but that is what he did.
Please define EVERYTHING. What would you have done different then what Joe Paterno did? Please be specific, when you say what he did wrong and how you would have handled it, because I am guessing you are beleiving the same media garbage and not really investigating the subject. You have no clue what was done, by any of the parties invloved, that is why you use such general terms. wake up and grow up.
If Macreary told Joe PA what he saw, then Paterno should have stopped any further abuses by his partner. Coach K should know this. I loved coach K but after reADING HIS STATEMENTS ABOUT jOE pa i THINK HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN TO MAKE SUCH STATEMENTS. iF cOACH k WAS IN THE SAME POSITION, i'M SURE HE WOULD HAVE FIRED WHOEVER WAS RESPONSIBLE.
When McQueary reported the incident to Paterno in 2001 Sandusky was not an employee of Penn State, Sandusky left PSU in 1998/1999 so how could he be fired two years after he left PSU?
What do expect Coach K to say?
I don't live in Pennsylvania so I don't understand what kind of grip the present governor holds on the residents of the state. Wasn't he the attorney general when this was all happening? Isn't he the guy who did nothing about it except appoint ONE MAN to investigate? Letting this go on for any length of time is awful but he let it go on for years and yet no ever mentions him.
What am I missing?
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not saying he did not do it. But how bad would everyone fell if he didn't. Joe should not been fired until it was proven
Child abuse or suspected child abuse should be reported to the authorities. the police, something that Joe and the other administrators the school did not do. It appears that no one called the police. Therefore all of the technical excuses, of 'legally obligated', 'following the process', notifying administrators, and so forth are a weak excuse for calling the police. Let's face it, no one wanted to call the police because it would have brought negative exposure to the University. It is called CYA. However If the boys abused had been Joe Pa's he would have contacted the police immeidately. They failed to do the most basic thing, in order to protect the University. So sad for the boys, their youth has been negatively impacted now the University will pay out millions.
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Following the recent interview regarding the film of Joe Paterno – I cannot believe that Piers Morgan has such strong convictions about Joe Paterno being complicit in the Sandusky attrociates without having the facts as they have been publicized. I do not know where Morgan earned his reputation, but I will no longer view his show.
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