Joe Paterno's statement Wednesday night
"I am disappointed with the BOT decision, but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, it's property and all that we value. I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all of the coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt."
It seems evident from the arc of this "riot" that although the students felt like getting their voices heard and congregating and breaking things, their total unwillingness to continue the demonstration once the police started lifting a finger should give you an idea of just how serious and deep their concerns really were. Some of them, no doubt, wanted to break stuff because of how mad they were about Paterno's ouster. And a lot of them wanted to break stuff because breaking stuff when you're 19 and probably not sober is a lot of fun. Illegal at times, but a lot of fun. But that's not worth reading too much into, in the grand scheme of Things We Have Learned About Penn State And College Football, if we're being honest.
Reminder: Tom Bradley news conference will be Thursday (tomorrow) at 11am ET.
Dumpster fires. How gauche. Have a good night, everyone, and stay safe.