South takes long waited for shots at PSU
You know they’ve been waiting for this for decades. The chance to kick the program they never could be when it’s down.
So, papers across the south are lining up to take their shots at Penn State, many, such as this diatribe from the land of Mickey Mouse, calling for Penn State football to get the death penalty.
No true Nittany Lion fan, who takes seriously that verse in the alma mater that says, “May no act of our’s bring shame…” is proud right now, and we are all soul searching, and hurting for the victims of Jerry Sandusky.
The courts will determine whether and if so which Penn State officials were aware of Sandusky’s crimes, and failed to act.
But the crowd from those schools which have for so long recruited players who had no business being in college in the first place, failed to graduate large numbers of their athletes, brushed aside violations of the law by players, and were hounded by regular NCAA violations, now just can’t wait to declare the Penn State program, long a paragon of doing it the right way, was all along the worst of them all.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
No one has yet offered any proof that Joe Paterno knew anything other than Mike McQueary’s report, which has changed several times–the jury found Sandusky not guilty on the charges dependent on McQueary’s testimony–and Joe did what he was supposed to with that information, passed it to his superiors.
No proof has ever been offered anyone else in the football program KNEW anything. Allegations have flown that coaches and players knew this or that, that Tom Bradley had suspicions, that Joe had to know.
What everyone seems to conveniently forget is pedophiles are very good at hiding their actions. They thrive in darkness.
Will it eventually be shown some Penn State officials covered up this heinous situation–perhaps including some members of the Board of Trustees? Very possibly.
But to indict an entire program, indeed an entire university, for the actions of one man, and perhaps a few school officials not in the program, and wipe away all the good Joe Paterno did, all the players who graduated, all the wins gained while always abiding by the rules, is just wrong.
Hypocrisy, thy name is SEC.