Penn State still doesn't understand
The six stages of grief are well-documented. When a life-changing event takes place, those involved (directly or indirectly) usually go through the following six stages;
- Shock- Denial- Anger- Bargaining- Depression- Acceptance
When the world learned of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the shock was felt everyone, and we all went through the aforementioned stages at a reasonable pace.
However, since the news broke that Joe Paterno and several members of Penn State's administration were complicit in orchestrating a coverup of Sandusky's crimes, we all started that pattern of the six stages once again.
Penn Staters, however, seem to be stuck on Stage Two. Denial.
Witness the following comment from Nittany Lions' senior Michael Mauti, as the word broke that nearly 30 players gathered to reaffirm their commitment to Penn State.;
"This program was not built by one man and it's sure as hell not going to get torn down by one man. This program was built on every alumni, every single player that came before us, built on their backs."
With all due respect, Penn State is still convinced that it is Sandusky who has brought on these massive sanctions against their beloved football program.
Allow me to repeat my comment from earlier this week…..
Jerry Sandusky brought punishment to himself (and his victims).
Joe Paterno brought punishment to Penn State by hiding it.
Had Paterno spoke up in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, etc - ANY of the times he had a chance - Penn State football would be alive and thriving. There would have NEVER been any punishment to the school or the football team if they had said something.
In fact, they would have been heroes.
Imagine the outpouring of support that would have come if the news broke in 1998 that Paterno had fired Sandusky and held a press conference to tell the world why. The headlines would have been legendary - a head coach firing his best assistant, the man expected to succeed him, and turning him in over a reported incident with a child.
They would have torn down his statue and replaced it with one made of solid gold.
But he shut his mouth and demanded that others shut theirs too.
Penn State has been sent to football hell because of Joe Paterno and the rest of the former higher-ups at Penn State.
Blaming it on Jerry Sandusky is just denial.
Sandusky is the criminal - he's in jail because of his own crimes.
But it took a team effort to bring down the entire football program.
- Jeff Seemann