The Penn State Scandal

I agree with vox on this one.  Take a gander at his posting below:


First, I would note that Paterno’s actions did not, in any way, make him “an accomplice to child rape”. An an accomplice is a person who is present at the scene of the crime, actively participates in its commission, and has the same degree of guilt as the person he or she is assisting, is subject to prosecution for the same crime, and faces the same criminal penalties. None of this applies to Paterno.

So, let’s take a look at what Paterno actually did, as opposed to the rhetorical exaggerations of the preening moralists who are presently in competition to see who can feign the most outrage:

Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who spent the last seven months examining the Sandusky scandal at Penn State, issued a damning conclusion Thursday: The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a “total and consistent disregard” for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity. That publicity, Mr. Freeh said Thursday, would have hurt the nationally ranked football program, Mr. Paterno’s reputation as a coach of high principles, the Penn State “brand” and the university’s ability to raise money as one of the most respected public institutions in the country….

Mr. Freeh’s investigation makes clear it was Mr. Paterno, long regarded as the single most powerful official at the university, who persuaded the university president and others not to report Mr. Sandusky to the authorities in 2001 after he had violently assaulted another boy in the football showers.

What is new here is that whereas before we knew that Paterno had reported Sandusky’s actions to the correct authorities, now we know that he was the one primarily responsible for matters not going any further. Whereas before it appeared that his only failing was the excusable moral one of doing no more than his legally defined duty, now we know that he was the main instigator of the coverup. This is a very different thing, and I note that it is actually considerably worse than anything Paterno’s most vehement critics accused him of doing previously.

And yes, it does change my opinion to a certain extent. In light of the latest revelations, I think it would be appropriate for the Penn State football program to receive the death sentence for three or four years from the NCAA. That would send the most unmistakable message to everyone, and would be the one punishment that Paterno would have felt most deeply. How Penn State chooses to respond is really no concern of mine, but as a general rule, I don’t favor whitewashing history. If I were the responsible individual at Penn State, I would not remove Paterno’s name from the various buildings he funded and tear down his statue, but rather seek to use him as an example to teach about the dangers that hubris poses to even the most upstanding and successful.

All men are fallen. I still think Paterno was, for the most part, a good man who made a very foolish and counterproductive attempt to protect his reputation and his football program. Was it wrong? Certainly. Did it have evil consequences? Most likely. Does it merit a harsh punishment? Definitely. But was it indicative of an evil or malevolent intent? I don’t believe so, and to conflate the moral failings of a Paterno with the overt and predatory evil of a Sandusky is a fundamental mistake. It is important to remember that this is not simply a Joe Paterno scandal, but rather a Penn State scandal.

The Freeh report is somewhat ironic in that Louis Freeh would certainly know a coverup when he sees one, given his involvement in similar whitewashes of Ruby Ridge and Waco.

via Vox Popoli.

Wide Left

Cundiff had a 32 yd chipshot…so wide left it’s amazing.  The defense had some amazing plays and the offense for that last drive did a great job… then Cundiff misses.  Nough said..see you next year.

Former O State Coach Tressel’s Days as a College Coach Most Likely Done

A show-cause penalty will be handed to former head coach Jim Tressel for failing to report knowledge of impermissible benefits given to players before the 2010 season, which resulted in ineligible players participating during that season. The how-cause means any school that hires Tressel could be subject to sanctions by the NCAA.The NCAA later released its statement on the findings from the Committee on Infractions. Most of it is already well-known information, but there is one new point of interest: The COI notes that Tressel had “at least four different opportunities to report” information of his athletes receiving benefits, but did not. The result is a show-cause, as mentioned above, for five years. Suffice to say, Tressel’s college coaching days are probably done.

via Updated: Tressel gets five-year show-cause as part of NCAA sanctions on Ohio State | CollegeFootballTalk.

An Interesting End to the Frederick City Alderman Meeting

A gentleman came up for public comment and said they Keys has previously abused the internal maintenance section of the previous contract.  Once the final contract that was passed(it was amended slightly before the vote) is posted online I’m going to read it and see about that.  Then it will be interesting to see if any such abuse occurs.  I am not saying or intimating it did or will.  The amount of accusations being thrown around is quite intense.  the gentleman also told Alderwoman Aloi he thought she should take this Keys contract negotiation to the State Ethics Board because in his eyes he has seen some unethical things happen in that room before and this keys negotiation was another one of those things. It appears the saga may not be over yet.

Keys win!!

I just listened to the Keys Win tonight on  Nice to hear the local team winning one..:)

Hey NCAA You Need a Bigger CDN…:)

Trying to watch March Madness on the inet is painful right now.  I am watching the incoming bandwidth form going from a healthy 3 megs or higher to nothing..with more time at nothing.  Somebody isn’t hooked into a CDN well enough(if at all).  My firewall logs are showing tons of connections to Akamai…i guess there’s not enough AKAMI gerbils tonight..:)

First half opinion

Steelers seem to think they have already won.  Packers seem determined to beat up the steelers and win it.  Will see what adjustments second half brings.

Buckeyes Should Not be in the Bowl! – Sports- NBC Sports

This isn’t just for OSu but ANY NCAA team.

Some Ohio State players who took illegal benefits will have to miss five games in 2011, but they will be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Now that makes sense. Not to me exactly. But somewhere there is a guy who mumbles a lot and whose desk they keep moving around like Milton Waddams in “Office Space” who was assigned this case and decided that “the student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred.”

I’m sure he even has a red stapler that he cherishes.

The violations weren’t of the SMU death penalty variety -– selling memorabilia and receiving discounted services -– but if the NCAA believes that the student-athletes involved didn’t know they weren’t supposed to do what they did, then the NCAA needs to be investigated by another governing body with psychiatric credentials and put on probation for all of 2011 and maybe beyond.

via Trash Talk: 7-9 Seahawks in playoffs? Awesome! – Sports- NBC Sports.

Maryland wins Military Bowl in Friedgens finale – College football- NBC Sports

The fridge gets his final shot at the terps admin after they unceremoniously boot the fridge:

New Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson announced last week that Friedgen was being dismissed, effective after the bowl game, with the school buying out the final year of the 63-year-old coachs contract for $2 million. Friedgen said preparing for the game was like “a slow death.” He found it hard to hold back his emotions and was concerned that his players wouldnt be focused.He neednt have worried. Running back DaRel Scott 13 carries, 200 yards spoke for his teammates when he said they were determined to “make sure coach Friedgen went out with a bang.”Then, his eyes dry for a moment, Friedgen fired a cannon himself near the end of his news conference when asked: “How good is the Maryland coaching job?””I can tell you this — its not an easy job,” he answered. “Theres a lot of things that really have to change to help it reach its potential. And, to be honest with you, I dont know if the university is willing to do that. Youve kind of got to know that going in. … What happens to a lot of coaches who come to Maryland, they think its like every other place, and after their third year they realize it isnt, and theyre stuck.”People are concerned about my legacy, and my legacy is what it is — 75-50 … I gave it the best I had for 10 years, and obviously thats not good enough right now, and thats what hurts. … I leave the job a lot better than when I got it, so if someone else can come in and do better, my hats off to them.”

via Maryland wins Military Bowl in Friedgens finale – College football- NBC Sports.

Jerry Jones Fires the Wrong Man

His title says it all eam owner-general manager Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones needs to fire himself as the general manager….most likely as the team owner as well because he can’t out of the team’s way so the team can actually play and win.  When he has somebody who would time him to kiss off(jimmy johnson, bill parcells) the cowboys were either decent or champions.  Now they simply just average to just plain awful.  Jason Garrett needs to fire himself as the offensive coordinator…the boys offense hasn’t been all that great…If i were Jason i would just be a head coach and get somebody who’s known offense their entire career to be offensive coordinator. news: Phillips fired as Cowboys make mid-season coaching change.

The Dallas Cowboys Implode Against the ‘Skins

Well Mr. Penalty Alex Barron strikes again.  This jagoff has been the most penalized player in the NFL.  Why the boys keep this idiot is beyond me.  Of course Dallas tried to push things right before the half they lost the ball and the ‘Skins ran it in for a touchdown.  Then Mr. penalty on the last play of the game practically strangled Brian Orakpo to nullify the game winning touchdown.  I hope the Cowboys get this mess straightened out…otherwise it’ll be another long year for a lifetime Cowboys fan as we suffer through the Jerry Jones era.