Following the NCAA's independent investigation into the widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the governing body of U.S. college sports has imposed unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University. Did they go too far?
No one dared cross Paterno -- no one, be he the president of Penn State, the athletic director, the head of security, members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or even the Governor!
The NCAA has sacked Penn State's football program, throwing it for a serious loss. I think it might be the best thing to happen to the school in years.
The impact of immoral behavior is huge. This sad situation is an illustration of why living according to a set of values is crucial to our culture.
Perhaps the punishment will be a real step towards making University leaders and students aware that they are responsible for acting in the legal, moral, and academic interests of their schools and of society.
Rather than dwelling on the past and drowning in anger and sorrow, I hope we seize this opportunity to wholeheartedly fight child abuse. I have struggled with losing an idol, but there is no grey area in the matter of reporting known child abuse.
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The university could still decide to relocate the statue to someplace else on campus, or nearby. Why is it so hard to un-honor a man who allowed loyalty to trump morality and abetted the grievous harm of children?
The U.S. is the only country that combines amateur athletics with institutions of higher learning. At first, the idea of that didn't seem noteworthy at all, until the case of Penn State made me question the beast that's been created.
How is it that such respected people at Penn State could, in good conscience, look the other way as these kids were being abused? Was this an anomaly?
Anyone who has ever lived in Pennsylvania would need no reminder of the omnipresence of the state's football culture.
We are all the cure to this disturbing epidemic, survivors of sexual abuse and non-survivors alike, and it starts with us, as adults, to force integrity to the surface above all other things -- at the very least for our most important resource -- our children.
To me, had Sandusky been effectively prosecuted in 1998 as he should have been, many young boys would have been saved from Sandusky's horrendous conduct, and Penn State's integrity and reputation would not have been so severely tarnished.
We exalt athletics at the college level for the benefits it provides, there needs to be equal focus on the character lessons it is teaching.