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Following news that the NCAA was levying a heavy fine on Penn State as well as multiple bans, there has been an utterly baffling outpouring of support from nonsensical PSU fans. And to be honest, I use the term "fan" very loosely; it's more like "fanatics," "zealots," "looneys." Just look at these wackos and their tweets:
And last one, my favorite:
Way to keep it real PC, Tyler Gulick.
I really have to stand up and say that this is frightening. The investigation by former director of the FBI Louis Freeh explicitly detailed the utter lack of responsibility executed by Paterno in reporting incidents of sexual child abuse in his time at Penn State. Rather than aggressively pursue these allegations, Paterno chose to look the other way and do the bare minimum. However, he did not act alone in this and people seem to be losing sight of that.
Allowing Jerry Sandusky to continue his tenure at PSU was a grossly negligent decision made by Penn State's staff and athetlic department; they are very deserving of these penalties. They should count their lucky stars that the football program is still allowed to operate and not given the "death penalty" of a year's suspension.
The only disbutable claim was the vacating of 114 wins from 1998-2011, a blatant dope slap to PSU and its administration. It also served to vilify Paterno and tarnish his legacy as the winningest coach in college football history, dropping him down to 8th on the all-time list. It sucks more for the players of that time period, as their wins count for nothing. But do we really value Division 1 football wins over the innocence of children?
Some people make a point: Paterno did not molest these children, Sandusky did. Correct, but Paterno also robbed them of justice by looking the other way. He is no longer deserving of his legacy as a football coach; the scandal has now swallowed it.
It will take a long time for Penn State to recover from these sanctions. Students will have to deal with "oh you went to PSU? That's a shame" for years. The shockwaves of the scandal and findings from the Freeh report will reverberate for a long time. Time will heal the wounds, but for now, these punishments are deserved.
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