I know that media members will come to this site to take our pulse, so I want this (knowingly unpopular) POV logged.
We screwed up. Instead of accepting responsibility and moving on, the response of the university, as well as a vocal sect of the PSU community, in the past six months, only served to grow the public's cry for blood.
Had the university been smart, it would have sent a strong message that the allegations were taken so seriously that it would stop at nothing to identify the problem, its cause, and identify solutions. Instead, it has consistently bungled communications. The remaining games in 2011 should have been cancelled.
The continued denial of responsibility, the riots, the senseless debate and defense of "what Joe was legally required to do", all serves as evidence in the court of public opinion that we as a community fail to understand the gravity of the issue, and place our own emotions, the game, and legacy of Joe above pursuit of the truth. (how many comments till someone makes a "free speech" complaint).
I think the "support of PSU = support of child rape" line is completely asinine, too. I've railed on twitter against hacks like Bernstein. I still love my school, and I still love the football program, and I will continue to contribute money and time and love. But we need to accept responsibility for this - both the tragedy and our community's role exaggerating public hatred - and stop whining.