I had no plan to circle back to the Penn State story. I had mentioned it on Monday. But, the situation continues to escalate. It’s tragic on all fronts. For the victims most of all.
I am typically intentional to put myself, and not just for the exercise of it, in the shoes of the people we would prefer to condemn. Sandusky has an illness. He is also a criminal. For the good, he apparently impacted a lot of lives. He also destroyed countless others. His acts were monstrous. But, don’t confuse monstrous acts with being a monster. Sandusky is likely to be your neighbor. Maybe, even you.
I was touched by Matt Millen’s public despair over the inescapable truth that we cannot help but be inhumane to each other. At each turn, we seem to have outdone ourselves. One-upping our last atrocity.
These boys were assaulted for the sins of Sandusky, which may or may not have been further enabled by the poor decision of others, at Penn State and in his life, to turn a blind eye or to redirect his activity. But, there is also this sense that the priority of football has elevated certain individuals to towers of isolation and power that cannot be readily assailed. There are costs to obsession with sport. I’m not blaming these deplorable crimes on Penn State football fans. But, let us never trade accountability for wins or oversight for trophies.
Last night, Penn State’s Board of Directors made the very difficult but correct decision to let the winningest coach in college football history go.
Sometimes, Head Coach is more than a job.
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