said by pflog:
To suggest that people in State College or who went to Penn State would rather cover it all up to save their football program is an ASININE and ignorant thing to say and I take offense at you implying that.
Some of the people who went to Penn State wanted that, yes. Most did not.
Fortunately those who wanted it covered up are not nearly the majority of the Penn State community. That community's a pretty big, strong one and it'll go on just fine with or with a football program, with or without a good reputation for a good football program. There's a lot more to Penn State than football.
Things got out-of-whack for awhile, however. The football program was given almost blind deference and even reverence by students, alumni, administrators, and members of the football program. It made its own rules, nobody supervised it. That's what allowed Sandusky to get away with what he did for so long. And that's what allowed people in the football program to cover up for him as long and as well as they did.
The exposure of Sandusky and the coverup was a good thing, because it exposed those involved to public scrutiny and even to prosecution where needed, and because it pretty much destroyed the blind deference to the football program. That was very much needed.
Each year Penn State gets a new incoming class, and each incoming class is further and further removed from the "football is god" mentality. And they're not going to get terribly upset about criticism of Penn State like some older alumni do. Things change.--
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