Disclaimer: I'm not here to take sides on who was right or wrong, guilty or innocent.
Let's get a couple things straight here:
-Paterno focused his players on academics. Football was not above academics to him. Heck, millions went to the library he helped fund. We have
ranked at or near the top for years. You will see evidence of our academia by our #1 spot in football player academics, detailed in the times news
-Secondly, it only makes sense to keep every thing that concerns students (whether they're players or not) untouched. Whether you "understand" or
not, no one likes to have their world altered for the worse when they did nothing to deserve it. Football was merely a tradition, if nothing else.
"Well how about the kids that were abused? They didn't get a say!" etc etc. Actually, let's get to that now. Two victims have already voiced their
disdain concerning the NCAA decision, stating that they never wanted this for PSU, nor do they think it's a good thing. They believe it's actually a
step in the wrong direction. So, this was no longer about the kids the second the now adult "kids" stopped being consulted. Which they never were
to begin with. Some gave their opinions though (and they surprisingly sided with PSU, not with the pitchfork mob idea that the public and media
Lastly, let's talk about double standards. People are upset that the abuse victims "lives were ruined." On the contrary, many wish to just put it
behind them. Some barely remember it. Nobody is listening to them, though. But there are lives that could be ruined. I'm talking about the 40k+
students and 100k+ career searching alumni that now have to worry about ever being fairly judged for having a degree from Penn State, apparently the
child rape capitol of the country. You want to talk abuse, talk about being judged by EVERYONE for something you had NOTHING to do with. Something
that occurred when they were in elementary school. It's like being on a national employment no-fly list, with massive debt over your head and
everyone sneering at you like you're going to be the next to sexually abuse somebody.
But we, the students and alumni, have been humble, taken hits in stride and raised over half a million for child sex abuse, held a candlelight vigil,
and are even planning on erecting a statue/ monument in the remembrance of the victims and others that have suffered. Not to mention that we've
raised almost 90M for childhood cancer through THON long before this incident, and why? Because we care about the children.
A wolf in the hen house doesn't mean you start tearing away at the hen house even AFTER the wolf has been removed. The hens are the innocent
students, and you're chipping away at their points of pride both in athletic achievement and employability.
Stop asking how the students were ever affected by the events/ decision, because there's your answer.
I just joined this site. The site whose slogan is "deny ignorance", and yet most of what I've seen on this thread are people propagating and
perpetuating ignorance and wild conjecture whilst following the mob mentality. Please stop using the media and mob phrases like "football was above
even academics" and "The victims lives are in ruins" etc because it wasn't and they aren't.