Should We Trust Coaches With Our Kids After Penn State?
The winning-est coach in major college football, Joe Paterno has been fired. University president Graham Spanier has been fired. The board has spoken and justice has been enacted. The sex scandal aftermath of the Penn State debacle must now be smoothed over and life must go on. But how can it after the noxious revelations which will continue to unfold as Jerry Sandusky is brought to trial and Penn State suffers under the harsh punishment of the glaring lights of infamy.
The released Grand Jury report identified that for one victim, Sandusky was initially a mentor, then he became a predator. Allegedly, there were "gifts, trips to professional and college football games, a computer, clothes and cash" from Penn State's assistant football coach. Then came the abuse as the assistant coach attacked the boy in the basement bedroom of the coach's home or a school workout room, after everyone had gone.
The boy was 11 when the attacks began and they spanned four more years until he spoke up, went to the police and was the catalyst for the sex abuse investigation of the assistant coach that found Paterno and Spanier's silence guilt laden with culpability. Something should have been done sooner; Paterno was faulted with not calling the police after a graduate assistant in 2002 told him that Sandusky had "assaulted a different young boy in the showers of Penn State's football facility.".
As noted by reports, Sandusky met the boys through The Second Mile, a foundation he started in 1977 to help at-risk youth. Now he is charged with sexually abusing eight boys and others are being brought down for their cover-up in addition to Paterno and Sanier. Former PSU athletics director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school's senior vice president for business and finance, are up on perjury charges after telling grand jurors that the assistant's report to them about the 2002 incident didn't identify inappropriate sexual behavior.Continued on the next page