Tag: Jerry Sandusky

Freeh Report Open Thread

I’m too close to this to comment objectively. But feel free to make your opinions known on today’s Freeh Report on the Penn State scandal. I’ll pop in for a comment or two.

Update: OK, I’ll kick this off. One of the things being discussed is whether the NCAA should give Penn State’s football program the death penalty. I won’t pretend I’m objective about it, but I will point out the following:

People hurt by canceling the football program: all the scholarship football players, athletes in other programs whose scholarships depend on football bringing in money, local businesses that depend on football to stay in the black and thousands of their employees, State College’s economy in general which depends heavily on the University, tens of thousands of students and hundreds of thousands of alumni who are fans.

People who will not be hurt by canceling the football program: Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky, Curley, Schulz and Spanier.

Sandusky Convicted

The verdicts of juries can not undo the past. They can not heal wounds. But they are the clearest message we can give to victim that we believe them: that what happened to them was real; that what happened to them was wrong.

Tonight, in the little town of Bellefonte, a jury convicted Jerry Sandusky of 45 counts. And the only reason he wasn’t convicted of more was because of statues of limitations. Who knows how many victims are out there afraid to speak up.

I’m little too close to this to comment objectively. I will say that what I feel tonight is relief for the victims. And nothing but contempt for the man who set himself up as an icon and turned out to be a monster.