Image (via AP) of Joe and Sue Paterno earlier this evening making a statement.
by Bryan Fischer11/10/2011 5:45:01 AM
by Adam Jacobi11/10/2011 5:45:14 AM
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."
by Tom Fornelli11/10/2011 5:47:39 AM
Here's a link to raw footage of PSU students right before police start to come in: www.youtube.com
by Bryan Fischer11/10/2011 5:49:03 AM
Someone screams, "Mace!" And the crowd runs like it's Pamplona and someone conjured up a bull
There's an interesting subplot to all of this behavior, which is that famed rap artist Drake -- a man of great fame and trifling importance -- is scheduled to play at Penn State tomorrow. Except now there are rumors that the concert has been canceled, undoubtedly due to the ongoing unrest, though the rumors have yet to be confirmed. So not only are the protestors damaging various parts of the scenery around them, street signs and what have you, they're contributing to something that's going to take away a concert for them.
So with that, a thunderously good reference, made via Salon's Alex Pareene on Twitter just now: "This is Drake's "James Brown saves Boston" moment."
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.
by Adam Jacobi11/10/2011 6:28:06 AM
Initial photos from tonight's rallies downtown and on campus. Stay tuned for more photos to come: onward.st/vdYIjv #PSUcharges