July 22, 2012

Feet Of Clay

A 900 pound statue of Joe Paterno was moved this morning (Sunday) from its place of honor at Penn State's Beaver Stadium. The decision to move the statue to a "secure" location was made by Penn State President Erickson ten days after a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh was released. The report stated that Paterno and other University officials had deliberately concealed allegations of  sexual abuse against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
"I now believe that, contrary to is original intention, Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond," Erickson said in his 592-word statement. "For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location."

If the statue of Paterno, his right index finger raised in a No. 1 salute, had remained in its current location, Erickson said he believed it would "be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse."

Erickson's announcement came exactly six months after Paterno died.
Joe Paterno's family is none too pleased with this development. The Paterno's have given millions of dollars to Penn State.

A list of NCAA sanctions against Penn State is expected to be released tomorrow.

For all intents and purposes, I believe the football program at Penn State is dead. It will be decades, if at all, before it recovers from these shocking allegations crimes. It is rumored that athletes from other Penn State programs are already abandoning ship for other schools. To put it bluntly,  I sure as hell wouldn't send my kids to any athletic summer camp run by Penn State.


Kid said...

Sig, Just commented on another site/subject regards what is really wrong today vs 40 years ago. Said "People need structure and a sense that justice will be done. If anyone feels that way today, they're mentally retarded." Close enough.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Well Penn State, I afraid you made your bed ... now lie down.

sig94 said...

Kid - There is so much that has changed for the worse over the years. The sense of entitlement extends now to the criminal justice system where it is now rare to see a sense of shame in being convicted of a crime. "I'll do what I want," is the maxim.

sig94 said...

Odie - as the news is out regarding their NCAA sanctions, it will be a rather hard $60 million bed. It should have been harder.