The Penn State scandal not only marks the end of Coach Joe Paterno's brilliant career, it is the death knell for the old crisis management canard that a good reputation is a bulwark against future bad news.
So let's take a final lesson from Joe Pa, spin this horrendous tragedy into life's marching orders. How can we do more? How can we prevent pain and suffering in our own communities?
Joe Paterno's form of heroism is driven by his status of being the favorite son. In that role he learns that the key to success is to please others. This stands in sharp contrast to Steve Jobs' form of heroism that is based on being unfavored.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. ~ Albert Ein...
The events surrounding the child molestations at Penn State University have shocked the nation. How could the football team's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, have gotten away with such heinous crimes for so long?
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The Penn State scandal has led some to reconsider how we view college football powerhouses. Here's a roundup of how sports columnists this weekend have responded, urging people to see their college football gods in a different light.
We are a society that obsesses over Lindsey Lohan going panty-less or Kim Kardashian making a sex tape, but seems to be hesitant to shine a light on something as seedy as a pedophile hiding amongst its football coaching staff.
By their own admission, we know that Citadel's leaders' decision to keep child sex abuse charges involving their alum and employee from police was a moral failure to "duty honor country."
Instead of flipping cars, why not flip onto its head a culture that allows good people to be silent in the face of the abuse of children?
There were three big stories this week: the sex abuse scandal at Penn State, Mississippi voters' rejection of the so-called personhood amendment, and "the, uh, what's the third one there? Let's see... sorry. Oops." Wait, I just remembered the third one: Rick Perry's epic debate brain freeze! Over in Hollywood, the Academy Awards had more drama than a Best Picture winner, with show producer Brett Ratner self-immolating then resigning, first-time host Eddie Murphy following Ratner out the door, and Billy Crystal riding to the rescue. But it was Penn State -- with its unconscionable cover-up, legendary coach Joe Paterno's rapid fall from grace, and the deeply misguided student protests -- that held the spotlight. It was a harsh but vital reminder that our moral obligation to do the right thing goes well beyond our obligation to follow the letter of the law.
Sure Joe Paterno is the winningest coach history. Sure he has collected a few national titles. Sure he has developed Hall of Fame players. But that's not what makes this whole wretched ordeal so devastating to the game.
The Penn State case does not involve the core of what is rotten about big-time college football, but it may be sufficient to tumble the house of cards.
Perhaps this is the case to appropriately use your power to find answers so it does not happen again. The children victims here are far more important than John Edwards, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Every community has many more things to be proud of than a young person's ability to run, jump, throw, and catch. Sport does not build character, it puts character at risk. Sport is just fun.
For the past several days now I've been literally sickened by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal and all the horrific images that get conjured up as a result. Nothing short of criminal charges and jail time would be a just punishment for those involved.