Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The NCAA dropkicks Penn State into extended purgatory

While still assessing the carnage from the Freeh Report, the NCAA hastily inflicts unprecedented damage upon Penn State, crippling the university, especially the football program, and punishing the innocent

The criminal proceedings were going well.

First, Jerry Sandusky, the monster who sexually abused children for decades, was getting a heaping dose of justice, swift and sure. He will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Then the Commonwealth turned its focus toward the two Penn State administrators charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury and failing to report suspected child abuse, AD Tim Curley and VP Gary Schultz. Their day in court is coming (on Jan. 7, 2013). It seems possible others might be charged.

Steadily, justice was rolling.

Then along came the Freeh Report.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

American scapegoat: Joe Paterno

All signs point to Joe Paterno being the official scapegoat in Penn State's scandal of the century. Why?

According to ESPN and its array of informants privy to sensitive materials and leaking inside information, the Freeh Report - the culmination of an 8-month investigation into Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal, which is due out Thursday at 9:00 a.m. - will be harshly critical of the Penn State football culture and the Nittany Lions longtime former head coach.

(Link: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8136890/penn-state-abuse-report-expected-very-tough-joe-paterno-according-sources)

Which means the national media, the Board of Trustees and the investigative body hired by the BOT all will be in agreement:

Joe Paterno, six feet under, will take the fall.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Freeh investigation losing its integrity

CNN, NBC and ESPN are among the alphabet soup news organizations who have received inside information from sources directly involved in the Sandusky scandal investigation

Who can you trust? Who can you believe?

Unfortunately, these questions now must be asked of the rumor mill, er, investigative organization conducting the internal investigation into Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

Like many alums sickened by the acts of Jerry Sandusky and aghast at the direct connection to Penn State, we looked forward to the so-called Freeh Report, the end result of the investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions

Presumably, this investigation/report would be conducted to the highest professional standards. It would be as complete and impartial as possible. It would be a huge part of the post-Sandusky process.

Now? It looks like multiple individuals connected to the investigation - people on the inside - have an agenda and/or are simply unprofessional.

Many working for Freeh apparently have side jobs as informants for the media.

They have compromised the integrity of the investigation.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shameful Distortion: The misguided media assault on Joe Paterno

Several well-respected sports media members, and many others, continue to defy reason with their unfounded condemnation of Paterno in the wake of the Sandusky scandal, this time due to leaked emails

Joe Paterno is being skewered again.

Columnists are outraged. Pundits are calling for the removal of his statue. Headlines scream his flagrant wrongdoing.

The Paterno Hunters are out in full force

Radio, television, online - it's open season on JoePa. Again.

Paterno's crime this time? That former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, in an email 11 years ago, said he had talked with Paterno.

What did Curley allegedly say, and does it really condemn Paterno?