Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Not So Happy Valley

Over the past few days, State College, Pa. could be described as anything but "Happy Valley." The football program is in a state of disarray after it was released that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys in a 15-year span. Since that report from, the number of reported victims has increased significantly.

In light of this scandal, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley has taken a leave of absence in preparation of defending himself in court, while vice president for finance and business, Gary Schultz, has vacated his position and returned to retirement.

While the two were aware of Sandusky's actions in 2002, they apparently did not know the full extent of them.

How does this happen under the watch of one of the most revered college football coaches of all time?! A man in Joe Paterno that has spent over six decades in Happy Valley not knowing of a serious crime within his program? Is it not the responsibility of the head coach to know his team better than anyone else? This would lead me to believe that Paterno was willing to save Sandusky's reputation so the Nittany Lions could win football games.

To add to all this, Joe Paterno announced today that he is retiring at the end of this season. First saving Sandusky and now making the remaining games all about him? Sounds like a very egotistical move.

How can the NCAA crack down on tattoo parlors and have no penalty for the Penn State football program? The message they are sending is that money is more important than morals. These boys were violated by people they thought they could trust.

For just one day, can morals take precedence over money and winning football games?

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