Fresno St. Alum wrote:
In SMU's defense it was Texas A&M that bought Dickerson's Trans AM. When he changed his mind, what could A&M do? It's not like they can report it w/o the NCAA finding out
Texas A&M & Auburn are tied for the most NCAA sanctions in history; perhaps seven each?
I've tried to stay silent on the Penn State saga. As many of you, I've lived, worked and became educated at multiple locales; but individually as an adult, dwelled in Happy Valley longer than anywhere else. I have no ties to PSU athletics. As a citizen of the community, I was a fan. No where, including communties in the south that are home to SEC and ACC schools, did I see the depth of culture revolving around a football program as Penn State and its surrounding communities. That's not a criticism, but an observation. Obviously, fans, alumni, patrons were proud and wanted to be identified with the long-time football success. Maybe it takes essentially an outsider to really see it.
News of the grand jury's inquiries and testimonies per the Sandusky matter were appearing in small snippets in the CDT multiple months before the larger media generated wide exposure.
Sure schools get caught for cheating in recruiting, bogus and no-show classes, remedial programs offering plagarism, grade changes, cash payments, cushy jobs, vehicles, vacations, etc. for athletes and/or their families. Allegedly covering-up child endangerment and abuse in the name of sustaining/protecting a football image, legacy, careers, and future prospects, hangs right in their with other repulsive behavior, but on a higher level in public opinion and legal consequences. Educators in PA know there are laws that require the reporting of observed/alleged child abuse. For these administrators, and involved coach(es), to attempt to avoid legal compliance, thus being dismissive per any of the child victims, and still offer up their facilities and sponsorships to a now confirmed predator, for years, yielded a huge, costly, problem with disapproving reactions coming from many directions and sources. Not labeling all guilty outside the judicial process, but the Freeh Report showed some disturbing findings.
Agree with Bobby Bowden; move the statue.
Maybe the biggest myth of all is that Penn State was all clean and always played by the rules. One is in the clear if not caught by the nosy when access is so controlled.
Ummh, there were a lot of nice, new SUVs' and sports cars some of those athletes drove down College Avenue. Not saying such was illegally obtained or not legit, but "nice" for a "needy" student.
As for "it's all about students"; I didn't care for my taxes going up to repair street lights, remove over-turned cars, and bring in more police for drunken' riots in Beaver Canyon. One often cited sports columnist in one of these season predicting magazines, focused on some LSU (or maybe Arkansas) fans who could flip the Mizzou team bus the "byrd" as they arrive in Baton Rouge or Fayetteville to show "cultural distinctions". He offered a total of three student opinions from two SEC campuses, all sounding culturally intolerant. Bad and intoxicated behavior can emerge anywhere; and there are some decent people most everywhere.
I hope Penn State recovers from this well and show great success. But enough of burying heads in the sand, making excuses, trying to separate a scandal from fb because it was not the players, and restore iconic figures, imaginary and real, now tainted. Learn, fix, and move on.