I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to equal the moral disgrace of now-deceased Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and former top administrators in their handling of the horror reign of predatory animal Jerry Sandusky. I didn’t think it was possible to perhaps even exceed the moral disgrace of these men who obfuscated and ignored in the name of inaction while one of the university’s very own fed his habits with impunity and prowled and then pounced into the hearts and minds and bodies of young children with dozens upon dozens of sex acts
Anybody who closely followed the Sandusky affair knows that the Freeh Report and NCAA sanctions were a put-up job. Sandusky was observed in the men´s shower in the football lockeroom with a juvenile on a Friday night in 1998 while Penn State was traveling for a road game. The campus security officer reported it to hi superior, who reported it to Centre County police. And investigation was intitiated by the DA, but no charges were ever filed. Why? How did Penn State do anything wrong? Why not investigate/sanction the DA´s office instead? The penalties of no bowl appearances for 4 years, and reduced numbers of scholarships were more than sufficient. But why should Penn State forfeit losses from 1998 when Sandusky HAD ALREADY RETIRED and left the program in 1998? No logic there. Sandusky was not connected with Penn State football since 1998. Why erase Paterno´s wins since 1998? Why fine the University (and hence the PA taxpayers of this public university) by $60-million? The investigation by Freeh had a pre-ordained conclusion, and never interviewed key witnesses of the 1998 event. The NCAA grossly overstepped its bounds
Fire and prosecute the culprits. Don´t punish the student athletes. This is as stupid as telling South African athletes they couldn´t compete because of their government´s policies. Not to mention the silliness of The U.S. and Soviet governments barring their athletes from attending one another´s Olymic games.
I get really sick of the young people being the ones who bear the brunt of the punishment. This is personified by watching Pete Carroll skipping with glee on the Seahawks sideline while the USC players must bear being a team under sanctions.
The NCAA waived their rule that athletes who transfer to another Division 1 school have to sit out a year and not play football at their new school for that year. The athletes were free to transfer anywhere they wished and play immediately, so their sports careers didn´t suffer from the NCAA sanctions.
Without really knowing anything about the lawsuit I do know that the NCAA is full of little men who enjoy flaunting their power over collegiate athletics. All without any due process. It´s carried down to the high school level NCAA (IHSA) here in Illinois where they do the same, only more pathetically.
If Sandusky HAD AlREADY RETIRED (sorry about the caps) and left the program in 1998, why was he still being allowed in the men´s locker room to rape little boys?
From the beginning, this horrible story has been spun more times than a load of dirty laundry. The 28 year old adult who caught Sandusky raping the boy in ´02 was called a "young lad" who reported the crime to his father rather than the police.
On and on the story went, with people whitewashing the pervert and sacrificing impoverished, traumatized youth to preserve Penn State´s image. What are some nobodies compared to a mighty college football program, after all?
Gov. Corbett is an embarrassment to me as a Republican. Penn State can adapt to survive its penalties and emerge stronger from the experience. Instead, they complain their penalties are "unfair" and demonstrate they´re willing to learn nothing at all from this.
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