In this type of homophobic environment, where everyone knows policy is one thing and practice is another, perhaps Penn State was paralyzed not only by the alleged rapes, but by the fear of having a gay coach.
Courage was lacking among key figures in positions of power and authority at Penn State and its football program. The 20th-century theologian Paul Tillich comes to mind when I reflect upon this.
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski set the all time record for division one wins with 903. When Coach K started there was no shot clock, no three-point field goal and kids actually stayed in college for four whole years.
With Paterno's breach of integrity, yet another myth of great American male leadership has cracked. Another cultural elder was revealed as nothing more than a ruthless businessman seeking to protect his institution at all costs.
With the man the staunchly republican Forbes Magazine calls "The Penn State Pedophile" proclaiming his innocence in a high profile interview with Bob ...
Gov. Corbett has spent much of his time since the scandal exploded getting out in front of it, all the while deflecting all personal questions, saying that he isn't allowed to talk about the case because of grand jury restrictions.
According to his attorney Joe Amendola, "He (Jerry Sandusky) was just behaving like a jock" As expected, this horrifying story is getting worse and wo...
I have heard it said that the measure of a civilization is how it treats those who have hurt it, I think a further measure is how it treats those who deeply disappoint it.
I hope this outrage and anguish is a result of society reaching a point in which we expect the same courage of adults to report suspected child abuse, as we expect of victims in coming forward with disclosures.
Most lawyers who have ever had a role in an alleged child abuse case were stunned by the bail set in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation charges.
The fall of college football icon Joe Paterno continues to be America's most-watched story. Why does the chronicle of yet another fallen hero resonate with us? What does this say about the pulse of America?
Now that Justin Verlander has won the Cy Young award, will he also win the American League MVP award? Roger Clemens was the last starting pitcher to pull that off 25 years ago.
I am horrified by the reaction Penn State has had to this scandal. The students are more worried that their beloved head coach has been fired than that eight children have been sexually abused.
To my mind, Jerry Sandusky's crime wasn't being sexually attracted to young boys. I'm willing to believe that he couldn't change that about himself. His crime was allowing himself to be in a physical space that allowed him to act upon those urges.
Come on, Jerry Sandusky -- do the right thing. Admit what you've done over all these years and spare your victims gut-wrenching trials. Let's put the focus where it belongs now -- on the victims.
If a college culture tolerates and fails to properly investigate, adjudicate, and punish serious sexual misconduct, then it debases campus life, makes a farce of campus "conduct codes," and may leave the college's reputation in ruins.