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09 November 2011

How Pennsylvania State University can fix the child sex assault scandal associated with Penn State's wonderful football program

Somewhat to my astonishment, throughout the Penn State football child-sex-assault scandal which has filled USA newspapers and television, no one has whispered one word about the obvious solution and resolution.

A state university whose top officials tolerate and cover up a pedophile's dozen years of sexually assaulting 10-year-old boys in the football locker room showers should stop playing football. Forever. 

Or maybe for the next four years. (A temporary ban on college football is called "the death penalty" in college football circles.) 

Just enough time so that every student who chose to attend Penn State for its fantastic football program will have graduated and moved on -- to more foot-shooting clueless brain-dead stupidity, or perhaps to a slightly wiser life that actually involves academic achievement -- which (I was always told) was The Mission and Sole Purpose of an accredited university.

Not football. Football is not why we have colleges and universities. Particularly taxpayer-paid public colleges and universities.

(Please Leave A Comment if you disagree, and tell Vleeptron about your college's amazing athletic programs. Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah.)

College football's winningest coach Joe Paterno announced today that he's retiring at the end of this season (Penn State has about 4 more games to play). 

Paterno, 84, apparently Did The Right Thing (slightly) when, many years ago, he passed on a complaint he'd received that assistant defensive coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy in the football shower room to higher university officials. 

But he never followed up to see what the university did about an eye-witness account of his assistant coach sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in the football shower.

(The university, including the university police department, did absolutely nothing. The two university officials actually lied to a state grand jury and denied knowing anything about the incident. They, and Sandusky, have been arrested this week.)

So here's my solution:

Penn State should stop playing football. Immediately. Forfeit the last games of the season. Get out of the College Football Business.

(And it's big business, worth millions and millions of dollars annually through television broadcast contracts).

Well, as my coaches always told us:

Team Sports 
Builds Character.

And, as it turns out, sexually assaulting 10 year old boys in the locker room shower is a component of Character.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the only example I can think of, so your response is over the top and out of bounds.
But...if this is just the tip of the iceberg then steps must be taken at once. First they need to establish an autonomous city-state with a football papal authority figure. That way Paterno and other enablers can be bumped upstairs to ceremonial positions and live out their days doing ritualistic coin tosses.