Franco Harris Defends Paterno, Rips Trustees

(WSCR) Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Penn State alum Franco Harris didn’t mince words when asked his thoughts about the Board of Trustees’ decision to fire head coach Joe Paterno amid the swirling allegations of sexual abuse from former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

“I feel that the board made a bad decision in letting Joe Paterno go,” Harris said in a published report. “I’m very disappointed in their decision. I thought they showed no courage, not to back someone who really needed it at the time. They were saying the football program under Joe was at fault.

“They really wouldn’t give a reason. They’re linking the football program to the scandal and, possibly, the cover-up. That’s very disturbing to me. I think there should be no more connection to the football program, only in the case that it happened at the football building with an ex-coach. I’m still trying to find out who gave him access to the building, who signed that contract.”

Sandusky was arrested over the weekend and charged with 40 counts of sex abuse related to minors.

Harris also stood up for assistant coach Mike McQueary, who, according to the grand jury report, witnessed Sandusky raping a young boy in the Penn State showers and went to his father instead of the police.

“People make fun of the fact that Mike went to his father, like a little kid,” Harris said. “Because somebody went to a confidant, why is that childish? How Mike handled that situation, there is nothing I can comment on. People are different. Some people would have bashed [Sandusky’s] head in. Mike followed procedure. Because some people higher up didn’t do their job, he’s suffering the consequences.”

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  • billy bouy

    Franco should give Robbie Gould a call and they both can go on the road vouging for this piece of garbage. Gould looks like a fool for his earlier comments about learning about the merits of; Punctuality, Homework completion, and having a Positive attitude in all you do….guess child rape reporting and the enablement of the act itself, just arent the types of things that fall under the Paterno and PSU code of humanity. Franco, go join the ranks of Ashton Kutcher after his tweets on the matter. All 3 of you are still delusional about whats really happened. It isnt about the GAME anymore, idiots.

  • val

    Paterno is one of the higher ups, you _______________!!!! Typical Penn State family…..You fooled us all Franco..thought you were semi intelligent…

  • Denver Deadite

    Methinks Harris took too many hits to the head, along with a lot of other people who are still defending PSU.

  • Richard Clay

    This is nothing more than a character assassination on Paterno…

    Joe Paterno reported it the Athletic Director, as require BY THE LAW.

    Joe Paterno reported it to the head of campus security (which is the campus police)… The campus police are THE POLICE you stupid idiots!!!

    What is ruining our country is the way the everyone’s constitutional right to the presumption of innocence and due process is being stomped out by knee jerk character assassinations by people who don’t even have straight what few facts that are known at this time. What is ruining our country is all of the people who don’t have the guts to stand up and demand that everyone be afforded their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence and due process, BEFORE judgment and punishment is passed on the person in question. It’s especially sad to see our constitutional rights dying on veterans day when we are supposed to be remembering the people who died fighting for these very rights.

    It’s refreshing to see Franco have the guts to stand up for our constitutional rights, THANK YOU MR. HARRIS!!!

    • Denver Deadite

      How dare you bring up our veterans when Paterno let a man RAPE CHILDREN. How phucking dare you, you coward. You supporter of child molestation and rape. You sick and perverted excuse of a human being.

  • Richard Clay

    How Dare I???… That’s what dictators and tyrants say when people stand up for liberty and freedom.

    Thank you for demonstrating my point… Not ONE SHRED of evidence has been presented that Paterno let anybody rape anybody. Sandusky has not even had his due process yet. I’m not defending Sandusky, I’m defending the right of ALL PEOPLE to their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence and due process (btw, I‘m was specifically defending PATERNO‘S due process in my post).

    What you are doing by stating unsubstantiated accusations against Paterno and now against me is LIBEL… And you call me a coward… Spreading LIBEL is being a COWARD.

    Once Sandusky has his day in court, if the accusations are true, he should be put away for life. Once the university concludes it’s Investigation, and Paterno gets a chance to mount his defense… If it is then proven that Joe Paterno knew the graphic details of the 2002 incident, he should be fired.

    Firing Paterno before he is afforded his due process is nothing more than a character assignations. If they can deny one person their due process, they can deny ALL OF US our due process. Wake up, and READ THE CONSTITUTION people, then lecture me about what our veterans died for.

    • John

      Idiot, read the grand jury report. Paterno admitted that he was told Sandusky was naked in the shower with a young boy. McQuery says he told Paterno he saw sodomy and Paterno turned it into horseplay.
      Since this incident in 2002 Paterno allowed Sandusky to continue to bring children into coaches meetings, on trips and represent the football program. Sandusky had an overnight camp at Penn State as late as 2008.
      Your lack of knowledge is embarrassing. Don’t post until you know the facts. Paterno’s own comments admit his guilt, “I could have done more.” Can you imagine how many children he would have saved if he simply called the police in 2002? Or how about the young child Sandusky raped in Paterno’s locker room. Penn State made no attempt to find out who this young boy was.
      Shame on you and shame on Paterno and shame on Penn State.

    • Denver Deadite

      Yeah, you clearly enjoy the freedom of Paterno allowing Sandusky to remain around and rape children.

      My brother, my aunt, my other relatives who are all vets don’t fight for an ignorant SOB like you, that’s for sure.

  • derbydoll

    Anyone who thinks campus cops are the real cops must be a real ath-a-lete. Shame on Joepa for now following thru. He thought he was bigger than his instituion and now he’s going to spend the rest of his life in court. What a waste.

  • onewhoknows

    No where in all that I have read did it say the campus police were contacted. That is WRONG…they were not.

  • Simkatu

    Harris is an idiot and McQueary is a coward. If 6’4″ 30 year old McQueary was scared of 60 year old Sandusky, then he should have immediately called the campus police and made sure they came to protect the young boy from being raped any further. You don’t go home and tell your parents when you witness a child rape. That’s something for the police to investigate.

  • dan

    Franco please just go away. You have no clue as to how stupid you come across.

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