The Penn State child molestation scandal that is being played out in the media right now is about one thing….the corruption of big money. It should be about the young victims of that monster assistant coach Sandusky but, in the end, it will all be about the cover up and how big money makes decent people do despicable things.
The NCAA sports world is notorious for breeding scandalous activities. Remember Auburn’s star quarterback Cam Newton and the investigation into whether or not his father asked for $180,000 for his son to play for Mississippi State? Reggie Bush, of USC fame, was stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy because of the “perks” his family received during his high profile college football career. Currently, the University of Miami is under investigation because a big money booster admitted to providing players with money, prostitutes and lavish gifts over the last 10 years. In fact…there’s so many examples of corruption in the NCAA that I could write a book on the subject but this post is about Penn State and the worst scandal to hit college football ( in my honest opinion).
So…I ask this question to you….
Did the beloved “Grandpa Joe” Paterno look the other way after learning about his assistant coach’s monstrous activities because he didn’t want to sully the great Penn State football tradition (and his reputation)? He did report it to his “superiors” but that is where it all ended. Did he really think that was enough? Paterno did not follow up on the reports and Sandusky continued to participate in the football program. Essentially….nothing was done to punish Sandusky for raping young boys in the Penn State football locker room. It is the most vile and disgusting thing I have ever heard and Joe Paterno and anyone else who knew what was happening should be held accountable. This is a case of putting money and fame above doing the right thing.
A lot of the scandalous back room corruption that goes on in college sports can be blamed on booster clubs….and the big donors that make up these clubs. I had a friend who’s husband was a defensive coach for a high profile NCAA football team and she told me that he was scared to death every time his team lost because the booster club would come down hard on the coaches. He was constantly in fear of losing his job. She said that he liked coaching for the NFL far better than coaching in college because the booster club made his life hell. He did lose his job (the entire coaching staff lost their jobs) and he has since moved on to coach in the NFL….and he’s much happier.
So…what’s the answer? How do we clean up the culture of corruption that has become a big part of college sports? Is the governing body of the NCAA also corrupt? Do they look the other way on illegal activities in order to maintain the NCAA tradition? Do they sweep “smaller” scandals under the rug and only investigate the larger more sensational (and news worthy) things? Unfortunately, this corruption is filtering down into the high school sports scene. I’ve read several articles about high school football teams that are under investigation for offering money and gifts to recruit players.
Amateur athletics is sort of like being the preachers daughter… who’s expected to be the “good girl”…the one who’s pure and innocent… but behind closed doors…she’s always the wildest one.
What do you guys think?
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