Re: Paterno Family Still Doesn't Get It
posted at 7/28/2012 7:39 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Paterno Family Still Doesn't Get It
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Paterno Family Still Doesn't Get It : I have children, yes. Did the Catholic Church close after all of the molestations? Nope. So again, let's use the Church. Just as many bad things happened at the Church--choir boys being abused, continually raped..for years....Did they close down the Church? No. Should they? Well, if Penn State is supposed to be the height of moral ground, then what the hell is the Church? Isn't that supposed to be sacred too? You are throwing the entire institution under the bus for the acts of a few. The Church lives on, so should Penn State.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]
To be clear my issue with both institutions is not the acts of a few (though reprehensible as they are). Rather the cover up by those that had the power and autonomy to call the police and report the incidents. Thus preventing Sandusky and the many other Priest, from continuing to molest thier victoms.
In the case of Sandusky, had Paterno and those at Penn State that were invloved in the cover-up, taken swift action, when they first learned of his indescrecions. They would have spared countless others from further abuse.
End of the Day....Joe Paterno and the University's leadership turned a blind eye for more than a decade
. Therein lye's my ire and why I feel strongly that the penalty doesn't fit the crime. Closing the university or stripping it of it's ability to continue to be an acredited university, is just reward for the institutional breakdown of morale code. A standard of civility that I would hope we all should expect from one of our intitutions of higher learning. In this case they made a choice to protect the image of, profitablity of, along with the legesey of the coach of the football team and the university, over the well being of children. Though the penalties imposed by the NCAA are prohibitive. The punitive effects longterm will not IMHO stop others from making similar choices.
In the big picture what this scandal has exposed is the big buisness side of college football. Where University's are now making decisions based on the amount of moneys they can generate through thier athletic programs in the interest of shareholder value. The amounts of moneys involved, estimated at 60M per anum at Penn State create an envoirnment of entitlement.
Thus IMHO when the leadership of the university makes a calculated decision to cover up the moleststion of children on the campus, for more than a decade by an employee of the college. Who also happens to be the teams defensive coordinator and heir to the head coach. The "death penalty" for the entire university would then hit those that stand to profit from the moneys generated by the football program, right where it hurts the most! In closing the school would in fact impact them all right where the genesis of the decision to cover it up came from. the bottom line $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$