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Penn State Football Eviscerated For Sex Abuse

July 24, 2012 by  

Penn State Football Eviscerated For Sex Abuse
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Joe Paterno’s statue was removed from the Penn State campus last weekend.

In the wake of the disturbing revelations over the past several months in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the NCAA has levied “unprecedented” sanctions against the university’s football program.

The athletic organization said that by promoting a “football first” culture at the school, the university enabled Sandusky’s pedophilic activities and failed to uphold and value institutional integrity.

“As we evaluated the situation, the victims affected by Jerry Sandusky and the efforts by many to conceal his crimes informed our actions,” said Association President Mark Emmert. “At our core, we are educators. Penn State leadership lost sight of that.”

Penn State’s failures have resulted in the NCAA’s imposition of a $60 million fine against the university, equivalent to the annual gross revenue of its football program, to be paid into an endowment for programs aimed at preventing child sex abuse.

The athletic organization also imposed a four-year football postseason ban and vacated all of the university’s wins from 1998 through 2011.

“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” Emmert said.

The sanctions cost famed Penn State former coach Joe Paterno 111 wins, removing his title as the winningest coach in Division 1 football history.

Current or incoming football players may immediately transfer and compete at other schools.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • grannymae1

    This is a very sad time for all of Penn State. Something surely had to be done but it doesn’t make the punishment easy to take especially the football team and those just coming into the program for the first time ! But most of all my heart goes out to all those boys that were abused and had their lives changed forever. It is a hurtful punishment but it is nothing compared to the hurt that will live in the heart and minds of all the young men that had no escape from that monster and when they had a chance if someone would only act on their behalf, those who knew covered it up with no concern for the children. That to me is the biggest disgrace of all. Now we see what comes from deception. People are destroyed and great instutions become tarnished, Important people are stripped of respect and all for the actions of a disgusting pedophile. How much better it would have been if long ago he would have been reported and removed from the presence of thechildren. Many of them would have been spared, the college would have been spared disgrace and a coach would have retained the respect of the football world. Instead they decided to ot deal with it and eventually the world came down around them. I hope this encourages everyone out there that knows of a person of this persuasion to please save a child and turn them in ! We have to protect the children not the sick-O that is attacking them.

    • Proud to be a Believer

      Yes, we have to let more homosexuals out of the closet. Unfortunately we are going to see more and more and more of this as this action is now condoned, look what happened with the Catholic Church. I think the action now is ridiculous against Penn State especially since they are even trying to get children in the very early ages in school to accept same sex family, and that it is now normal. What do you expect???? Also marriage of same sex. It is an abomination that even the Bible condemns with certainty.Lets stop calling those abominations “gays” and term it what it really is and that is homosexuality.

      • Karolyn

        PEDOPHILES ARE NOT ALL HOMOSEXUALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You people need to educate yourselves before talking about something you obviously know nothing about. How about sex trafficking of young girls by hetero males? How about male teachers taking advantage of female students? It is a MALE issue, not a strictly homosexual issue!

      • chester

        How about calling a spade a spade and not making a rake of it. Not all homosexuals are pedophiles, just as not all pedophiles are interested in little boys. Back up and learn what you are talking about before opening your mouth and exposing what you don’t know and don’t want to learn for all to see.

      • http://teamlaw.net/TrusteeMessage.htm Jazzabelle

        Karolyn, it’s not a “MALE issue” only; there are female pedophiles.

        It’s a sicko issue, is what it is.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    WHY IS Penn State FORCED TO SUFFER DUE TO THE ACTIONS OF ONE PERSON? WHY WAS THE STATUE OF Joe Paterno REMOVED?

    IT IS HYPOCRITICAL FOR NCAA TO WANT TO LOOK “CLEAN” IN THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC WHEN EVERYONE KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF ATHLETICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION.

    Jerry Sandusky WAS HIRED BY THE UNIVERSITY FOR HIS ATHLETIC/COACHING EXPERTISE – NOT, HIS SEXUAL HABITS. NO UNIVERSITY CAN GUARANTEE THIS TYPE OF INCIDENT WILL NOT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE. SHAME ON NCAA FOR POLITICALLY-CORRECT PANDERING AND SHAME ON Penn State FOR FEELING A NEED FOR A PROACTIVE APOLOGY.

    • Harold Olsen

      From what I hear, Paterno is pretty much being blamed for doing nothing about what Sandusky did, even though he reported it to the school’s powers that be, who didn’t want to hear about it. If anything, Paterno should be viewed as something of a hero since he at least tried to do something.

      After the news media reported what Sandusky had done, molesting children, they then focused their attention of Paterno. As a result, I came to equate what Sandusky had done with Paterno. The media loves do distort things and I actually believe they wanted people to believe Paterno was molesting children. Sandusky my be going to jail, but it’s Paterno who is the fall guy in this.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Harold Olsen,”

        I LIKE YOUR COMMENTS. BECAUSE THERE WAS A “BACK-AND-FORTH” WITH THREE OR FOUR PEOPLE ABOUT WHO WAS GOING TO CALL POLICE – YES, Joe Paterno IS THE “FALL GUY.” I AM A FOOTBALL FAN. THE BEST THING TO HAVE DONE IS ALLOW THIS STORY TO VANISH. NCAA’s ACTION IS KEEPING THIS STORY ALIVE. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THOSE WHO THINK THERE WILL BE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON STUDENT ENROLLMENT. THESE DAYS, TUITION RATES ARE THE DETERMINING FACTOR; A GOOD SPORTS TEAM IS MERE “ICING ON THE CAKE.”

      • Doc Sarvis

        Paterno died in January (I believe) and so other than getting fired after he got his record win total under his belt he was not punished. Since he is dead the record will not matter to him. Paterno did the minimum that was required of him. The Freeh report revealed that he had knowledge of what Sandusky was doing years ealier than when he made that one report. He also fumbled when it came to any follow-up that would protect those children, even letting Sandusky continue to be part of PSU football and use the PSU facilities.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Doc Sarvis,”

        Joe Paterno’s LEGACY WAS PUNISHED WITH REMOVAL OF THAT STATUE.

      • Doc Sarvis

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON, Seriously???
        That statue is a realatively new addition to Beaver Stadium. I have a brother who lives in State College. I think Paterno had established himself as a football coach long before that statue showed up. His, Sandusky’s, and other’s shame will live long after the statue’s removal.

    • JeffH

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON, in short, Penn State is reponsible for the actions of the people they hired to represent them. That’s the way it should be! They got what they deserved. Paterno failed and the PS administratin at the time failed to take proper action to remove Sandusky at the time of the first reported incident and place him on administrative leave until such time as the allegations are either refuted or confirmed. Paterno, as head of the fotball program, had a responsibility to protect Penn State and the football program by removing Sandusky from Penn State until such time his guilt or innocence is established. Paterno failed miserably as did the Penn State administrators. They opted to “sweep it under the rug” and now Penn State and the Paterno family must “pay the piper” as they say.

      Kudos to the NCAA and shame on the university. Now, those at Penn State must suffer the consequences of their predecessors actions…rightfully so!

      • Karolyn

        The students should not have to suffer for what staff has done. Also, how can they wipe out history? Totally ridiculou! Those responsible will suffer their puishments.

      • chester

        Jeff, Sandusky was not an employee of the university at the time of the first report, or so I understand. Add to that the fact that the police investigated and DROPPED the case. Now, do you shoot every man who is investigated for something, or do you wait for a conviction in a court of law? When charges were dropped against Sandusky, do you take his means of making a living away from him simply because someone asked the police to look into somelthing? Once we start doing that, you will either have a whole bunch of lawsuits filed for unlawful termination, or you are going to have a whole bunch of suicides, and quite likely both. Also, when you report what was reported to you to the proper authorities, and they drop the ball, do you have any idea what is going to happen if you take it on yourself to step outside the chain of command and call the police in? Even worse, if they find no grounds for the complaint, where is YOUR job going to be, and what about the job of the guy being investigated? All of that is stuff Paterno HAD to think about in this deal.

      • JeffH

        Karolyn, why am I not surprised by your answer, emotional and irrational. This is all a part of justice and unfortunately there will be some collateral damage there. Shame on Penn State, Paterno and Sandusky.

      • JeffH

        chester, your arguement is moot. Sandusky’s actions occured both during and after his employment with Penn State. I can think of 45 reasons why you are wrong.

        Read the Grand jury report on Jerry Sandusky … Warning: This court document contains graphic descriptions:
        http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/sandusky-grand-jury-presentment.pdf

      • JeffH

        http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=6270
        This is straight off of the Pennsyvania Attorney General’s website: Child sex charges filed against Jerry Sandusky; two top Penn State University officials charged with perjury & failure to report suspected child abuse

  • Ken

    I’d love to see the list of these so called “endowment” programs…..

  • Joe Brooks

    “At our core, we are educators. Penn State leadership lost sight of that.”

    I absolutely agree with punishing those who covered this up and fining the School very heavily. But, punishing the players on the team now and for the next 4 years, is bizarre. Most of them were 6 or 7 years old, when this became known to Penn State.

    What is the NCAA trying to teach? That you can be blamed for the actions of others, even as a child hundreds of miles away? The players on the teams of 1998 to 2011 earned those victories, they belong to them. More abuse of power.

    • Doc Sarvis

      The players still get to play football for Penn State. If that is what is important to them they still get to do that. If they are getting a free ride that is icing on top of the cake. If any player is concerned about going to the next level they have a clear road to go somewhere else and play this year instead of waiting a year to be elegible.

  • http://none charlie king

    It is a disgrace to punish present and past football players who had absolutely nothing to do with this problem. The players should join together and sue the NCAA for defamation of character

    • Doc Sarvis

      charlie king, my comment above was meant to respond to you.

    • http://whiteh20man.wordpress.com whiteh20man

      if the players feel that way, they are free to transfer to another University without having to sit out for a year. (If they could play at Penn State, they have the talent to play most anywhere.) But the University must suffer for the despicable acts (rape/child abuse) that it failed to report, and as a direct result, continued to occur.

      • Karolyn

        Fact is “the university” did nothing. it was individual people. THEY alone deserve any puishment meted out.

      • WhiteH20man

        Karolyn:

        “… Fact is “the university” did nothing. it was individual people. THEY alone deserve any puishment meted out.”

        The fact is that the University, as a member of the NCAA, is responsible to the NCAA for the conduct of its football program and … for the conduct of the individuals in the football program (Paterno and Sandusky), the Athletic Director, the Vice President and the President, as it relates to collegiate athletics. Yes, these individuals did wrong, and have/will face their day in court (criminal, civil, or the most significant, public opinion). But these four facing their individual consequences does not absolve the University’s responsibility for its institutional systemic failure. Accordingly, it will pay the consequences at the University level.

      • JeffH

        whiteh20man, absolutely correct. Paterno, the administartors and Sandusky all worked for and collectively represented Penn State University and ultimately Penn State cannot be absolved of any punishment. It’s a shame but what the NCAA is doing to Penn State is not wrong.

  • http://none charlie king

    This punishment by NCAA is unfair to players. Someone needs to investiigate the NCAA!!!

    • Doc Sarvis

      I agree that the NCAA is messed up but this is FAR from anything they have ever encountered. They usually respond to recruiting violations, cheating, or some other rules violation. This situation is off the charts. To do nothing would condone the football first culture that allowed this predation of young boys to persist for decades.

      • Robert Smith

        Too bad there isn’t an organization, except the courts, to hold the church accountable.

        Rob

    • Ryan Eggers

      Like other comments have stated, the players are free to go to other schools and I feel that they should. Penn State officials knew that this was happening and did not do anything to put a stop to it. I say punish them. Let the current players transfer to other universities and Let Penn State start anew 4 seasons hence. If they can get recruits.

  • WhiteH20Man

    Sam, your article title is wrong. Penn State football was not eviserated because of sex abuse (the program committed no such act!). It was eviserated because its football coach, the athletic director, and 2 other University executives covered up the sex abuse by an assistant coach (while he was active and then later retired), and as a result the assistant coach continued to abuse/victimize children. They covered this up in order to protect the “benefits” of the football program (reputation, revenue streams and the head coach’s desire to be the #1 winningest football coach in Division 1. Shame on them!

    The Penn State University, the NCAA member, got the benefits and now those benefits will be unwound, as it is penalized for its despicable actions. The Penn State Nation must take its medicine.

    • momo

      The NCAA is a frigging joke, the only reason they penalized Penn State is because of the Freeh report, which in and of itself is not a legal document. This whole episode is sad, Sandusky ought to be thrown against a wall and shot, but from what I see the NCAA is just trying to look relevent.
      So they take down Jopa’s statue and drop 112 wins from his record. Are they trying, like the old Soviet Union, to erase him from memory? Did those 112 wins not happen? I think there’s still a lot to come out yet that wasn’t in the Freeh report.

      • Doc Sarvis

        PSU took the statue down prior to the NCAA sanctions. As for the wins, they did happen. If however the wins are based on how superior the Penn State “Way” is then one can argue the point that they were not wins of a superior institution. Taking the wins away is a minor point in this punishment since everyone knows who won on the football field. It will help to change the football first culture at PSU and hopefully elsewhere.

      • momo

        If you think its going to change the culture anywhere, you’re out of your mind. How do you think Penn State became a leading university? When Paterno got there it was nothing. Because of football, and the money it brought in, Penn State was able grow the academic side. I live in Texas and if you think football is crazy up there, you should come here, its a religion!

  • SSMcDonald

    The politically correct NCAA is showing its ignorance and bigotry in their misguided effort to appease whomever. I say whomever because nobody really understands this inane action by NCAA.

  • DavidL

    There is no question that the NCAA, in punishing Penn State, is also sending a message to all NCAA members. This is classic general deterrence. It will have it’s intended effect.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I heard this on the radio this morning; Those “coke bottle” glasses Paterno would wear, designed to look the other way.

    • momo

      Its easy to pile on the dead guy, he can’t defend himself.

      • Doc Sarvis

        And none of the adults who were supposed to protect those kids did so.

      • momo

        We don’t know the whole story yet. You’re ready to convict everyone without due process, I thought you liberals cherished that.

  • By George

    Maybe they shouldn’t have simply removed it, but just turned it away so it was looking in another direction.

  • TIME

    All Sports in “Higher level Education” should be shut down!
    As a matter of fact many of these schools should be shut down as they produce nothing of value at all.

    Peace and Love

  • Dave67

    You cannot separate football from what PSU did.

    The real god in this country is money. Joe P, the trustees, local officals are all as guilty as Sandusky for putting big money associated with college sports above the well-being of young children.

    They deserve everything they got and more, more people should be in jail that covered this up.

  • Freedom Song

    How sad this situation is!! The NCAA is flexing its muscle against Penn State when the people involved (Spanier, Curley, Schultz, & Harmon) are who should be held accountable and punished for not doing their job! The child abuse occurred in a program different from the collegiate football program. It seems unfair to me to depose the team and players because the administration failed to do it’s job. Paterno is gone and his statues removed but should this indiscretion take the accomplishment from so many young men who were not involved?

    I’d rather see Spanier, Curley, Schultz, & Harmon punished with Sandusky, to the full extent of the law and the football program proceed with new administration.

  • Bruce

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve read about in the last… well the last few hours. The NCAA leveling sanctions? The NCAA is the organization that created the system that led to the cover ups and lack of action against Jerry Sandusky to begin with. This makes about as much sense as coming home and kicking the dog because you had a bad day at the office. They are punishing a dead man who can’t defend himself. They are punishing the players and the student body in general, who did nothing wrong. They are punishing people who have yet to receive a fair trial and I doubt that any real charges have been filed against any Peen State officials for abstraction of justice. That should be the next course of action. Even the trial of Mr. Sandusky looks like a lynching based on the normal amount of time it take the justice system to prosecute a case. This whole case is appears to be nothing more than a knee jerk cock up.

  • http://www.PappyMart.com John David Hanna

    Good.
    It’s about time we realize sports are games.
    This child rape really stands out, usually it’s just regular rape and thuggery.

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