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Penn State Starts From Scratch

ImageIts finally over. The horror stories, the controversy, the debates, everything.

After the NCAA beat Penn State University to the point of death today (hell the death penalty mightve been easier to deal with) now we can put to rest the worst sports scandal in the history of sports and begin a process of healing.

That’s easy for me to say, I wasn’t one of the victims that were harmed by Jerry Sandusky or a student or football player that is affected by the cover up by former “leaders” Grant Spanier, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Joe Paterno.

The last ten months have been similar to a time warp in the twilight zone for everyone in the Penn State community. State College went from a haven for football on Saturdays where over 100,000 blue and white clad fans got together for white outs, 7 nation army chants and “We Are Penn State” chants to being known as a sanctuary for child molestation.

The entire community has been put through the modern day equivalent of chinese water torture. Their hero Joepa is now a fallen angel due to his inability to do more in reporting the vile and haneous acts of Sandusky. Their university once known as being heralded as the leaders of men is  now a fractured and broken home where leadership led them astray and put things that didn’t matter ahead of things that should have.

For the football players past present and future their lives have been greatly affected even more so. The man that they took so much pride in being associated with let them down. The current players have no forseable future with the programs handed out today. Once NCAA head Mark Emmert handed out an unpresedented $60 million fine (one year’s equivalent of earnings from the football program), a four year bowl ban and a reduction in scholarships they saw their chances at college glory go to waste. For the future… who knows. Players have already jumped ship due to the current profile of the Penn State and with the sanctions handed down by the NCAA it makes it extremely hard for Penn State to recruit going forward.

The penalties pale in comparison to the terrible acts by Sandusky on his victims but it hammered home a point. The “leaders” at Penn State put football ahead of common sense, it’s only right that the proper punishment would be to cripple the football program setting it back for years before it can be competitive again.

Players can transfer if they want, but at this stage of the game it becomes a huge hassle for kids to transfer, comb through paperwork, move, find housing and get classes scheduling done. So for at least one year these kids are screwed as well.

You can argue about the penalties, punishment and how it was handled. One thing that you cannot argue with is that it had to happen.

Penn State had to face its maker and it did. The unfortunate part is that the people that are most responsible for it wont be apart of the punishment. Spanier, Curley and Schultz are already fired, Paterno is no longer with us and Sandusky… well lets just say the rest of his life and afterlife wont be the pleasant form of existence one can hope.

But it’s finally over. The healing process begins and even though a huge black cloud lingers over State College, PA the students, faculty, citizens and football players can try to find some sense of normalcy.

Hopefully many lessons were learned not just by Penn State but by colleges across the country as well. footbal is entertainment, not life. Life comes before football or any other monetary form of entertainment. Once you place life second bad things happen and many people get hurt.

Ten Months ago Joe Paterno was loved, he had a statue named in his honor, students walked around in solice in a carefree community, Penn State was a school that did things the right way, many alumni praised and lauded Joepa, and football was front and center in lives of the Nittany nation.

Today none of this is the case. Penn State suffered, hurt, and was punished.

Now they start from scratch. Hopefully they can gain everything back that they lost.


Strange Days In Happy Valley

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Penn State is probably wishing one of it’s player’s would accept some benefits or take a few cars right now. That type of scandal compared to what they are currently under investigation for would be a walk in the park.

The allegations levies against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky are beyond the out of bounds markers that grace Beaver Stadium, it’s just downright disturbing.

Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing boys under the legal age of 18 and the faculty at Penn State has been charged with perjury for possibly lying to a grand jury about the incident in 2002. According to one source one incident occurred in the Penn State locker room of all places. This kind of shame makes the investigations in Columbus, Auburn and Chapel Hill seem like taking cookies from the jar at home.

What’s even worse is the possible scrutiny levied on the football program and on legendary coach Joe Paterno. JoePa addressed the media this weekend and said that if these allegations were true than he and the bosses of the Penn State athletic department had been had.

Pattern did report an incident involving Sandusky in 2002 before he retired but from looking at reports from ESPN and the associated press it seems as if Paterno did the minimal amount of work necessary to make sure this type of incident would get reported properly or wouldn’t happen again.

Or worse, that maybe Paterno turned the other cheek.

If that’s the case then the Penn State program will be tainted in ways that would eclipse Reggie Bush and SMU.

For Paterno to not indicate other violations, especially ones that happened in his locker room would be disgraceful and disgusting. If you were a parent sending your son to play football at a program and you knew that this type of incident occurred possibly more than once how could you trust that your own son would be protected and cared for in any way?

This type of leadership shown by Paterno as well as those in charge at Happy Valley is unacceptable and embarrassing to all those associated with the university.

It hurts the faculty, students, alumni and the current players themselves. Imagine the venom that will be spewed in their direction in the next three weeks as they fight for a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl berth. Fans can cruel to an opponent, especially one in times of despair and the Nittany Lions will be the victims of more than their own share of it as the season winds down.

So now what? What do we make of the athletic department of Pennsylvania State University? If the allegations levied by a grand jury against are true how does the NCAA handle a proper punishment? What happens to Sandusky? Will he be brought to justice for his despicable crimes?

What about JoePa? How much will this damage his legacy if he has any respect left?

Penn State’s world is spinning out of control and the landing site is unknown.

In the year of scandal in college football this one may be the one that trumps them all.