One of the NCAA's goals with the Penn State sanctions was to diminish the football culture (aka cult-of-Paterno) in State College. Many, myself included, have argued that this culture was the seedbed which fostered the Sandusky cover-up. I'm beginning to doubt that lessening this culture is even possible at this point. Two recent incidents give support to my doubts.
Item 1: a rally was held this morning which included "a pep band and more than 1,000 fans bearing signs and shouting their support." Among those in attendance was none other than Sue Paterno.
Item 2: an appeal went out this past weekend via letter and email from Franco Harris, Rudy Glocker and Christian Marrone (all former PSU football players) to Penn State alumni.
"A grave injustice has occurred over these past two weeks that began with the issuance of the Freeh report," the email states. "After much review, it's clear the report is highly flawed, and factually insufficient. Yet, the media, the Board of Trustees, University officials and the NCAA, seem to have read only the conclusions and not the content of the report and have failed to question the report's evidentiary basis or lack thereof — they have rushed to judgment. As a result, OUR program has been brutally harmed and our Coach has been completely tarnished."
The email asks those who support its claims to sign the letter and return it by Saturday.
[also this - NC]
The players criticize the thoroughness of the Freeh report because the investigators did not interview many of the central people in the case, including Paterno, who died in January, Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice-President Gary Schultz, who are both awaiting trial on charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse, and former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who was a key witness in the case against Sandusky.
So contrary to feelings of culpability and atonement from the Penn State community, we get defiance. /sigh
I didn't initially feel this way. But if we don't see some change in Happy Valley, well...