Pasqualoni's Statement on Penn State

The impact of the Penn State sex abuse scandal and the firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno has been felt well beyond State College, Pa.

Every college and university must take a look at the situation and try to apply their own standards in place to prevent such a horrific crime from taking place on their own campus.

Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni has strong feelings for his alma mater. He is a 1972 graduate of Penn State. Pasqualoni, a native of Cheshire, Conn., joined the Penn State football team as a walk-on in 1972 and later lettered with the Nittany Lions. He was one of many young athletes who studied the game and life under Paterno.

Paterno, 84, announced Wednesday he would retire after this season. Wednesday night, the school's Board of Trustees fired him.

Pasqualoni issued this statement Thursday, in reaction to the events at Penn State:

"The Board of Trustees at Penn State University is a very diligent and distinguished group of people and I believe they did what they thought was in the best interest of the school. Penn State is a great institution and much more than a football program. I hope that the healing process can begin on that campus very soon."

UConn's Hall of Fame men's basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, had offered his thoughts on Wednesday afternoon, before Paterno was fired.

"All of us feel it's an incredible tragedy for the young people involved [in the abuse] and certainly those families," Calhoun said. "I never [can remember anything] in athletics that encompasses the entire spectrum of our society. That makes it so hard on so many levels. It's just a hard, hard thing for everybody. Hopefully those kids will be able to go on and have a full life and some sort of restoration psychologically."

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