I am confused…..for months now we have been hearing about Sandusky and JoePa and the Freeh report and how we need to protect the children and now it comes down from the NCAA that Penn State wins from 1998 are wiped out and no bowl games for four years….can someone tell me how that is protecting the children? People and a program that had NOTHING to do with the scandal are being punished, I must be slow because that seriously does not compute.
I used to be a big Star Trek fan and there was always a line that Spock said that made complete sense to me, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.” Now we have the NCAA considering the needs of the few and hurting the needs of the many. This is going to help the victims? How? Young men who played their hearts for their school for over 14 years are now the scapegoat for a sick twisted individual and mistakes made by others. I am not getting this.
I am not excusing JoePa, but what gets me is that he is now dead and can be easily thrown under the bus for the cause. His statue is now gone and his reputation is tarnished because he did too little. So I guess he should have beaten Sandusky to a pulp? Should he have fired him? Yes, but did anyone stop to think that maybe Joe did not think that a man he had known all those years could do something like that. How many of you have heard of or had it happen to you where a rumor or an accusation ruined your career or reputation forever or for even a little while on heresy? Joe went to the people he thought would take care of the situation and THEY did nothing. Should he have done more, probably, but to vilify him and then say he defrauded the university and the people? Really?
Now those out for vengeance have drawn first blood. They have stripped a PROGRAM because an INDIVIDUAL was sick. That is plain wrong, inappropriate and devastatingly the move of a public with seriously misplaced anger. Why aren’t you calling for all the monies that Sandusky and his family were given to be given back to the victims? Why is the outrage not focused on him and the young assistant coach who reported Sandusky to his father and then to JoePa?
Not only does the situation make me sick that people like Sandusky exist, but those who want a school to suffer, a program to suffer, other kids to suffer, for the actions a few people makes me ill to my very core. Serious evil exists in this world when people like Sandusky walk the earth, but it also exists when others want suffering of people who had no hand in the crime.