In the wake of the NCAA action to reduce sanctions, I've seen and heard quite a variety of opinions. The primary motivation from those that support the NCAA sanctions or worse is the allegations that our culture hasn't learned its lesson, which is founded on the assumption that our culture motivated administrators and coaches at Penn State to cover up the crimes of a pedophile for the sake of protecting the football team.
The accusation that there was a cover up in order to protect the football team was among the earliest narratives derived from the grand jury presentment without any proof. It was then validated by the Freeh Report's conclusions nearly 9 months later, despite yet again there being absolutely no proof. In fact, there has been no proof to support several of the assumptions that this assumption is founded on: 1) that the administrators were aware a crime was committed, 2) that the administrators colluded to cover up the crimes of Sandusky, and 3) that this was done with the primary motive of protecting the football team's reputation (specifically for recruiting).
This is what I have trouble understanding. Not just because this was Penn State and Joe Paterno we're talking about, but because I just truly can't comprehend this assumption. There is pretty much no scenario where I can believe people would intentionally allow children to be sexually assaulted, especially for something like the sake of a football program (and especially under these circumstances where the person is no longer even a member of the football program). I understand that in the wake of the Catholic church's sexual abuse scandal, it's probably an easier assumption to make, but honestly, I still have a hard time believing some of those accusations and there's actual proof!
This isn't meant to ultimately demonstrate how our culture was right all along and that it's the culture of others, that can actually believe that people would be so corrupted by football that they would place the reputation of a football program over the safety of real children, that is what's so sad about this situation. It's meant to ask a question. Is this really the reality that we live in, where it's considered a reasonable assumption to think that 9 individuals would all fail to take the appropriate actions for the sake of protecting a football culture? I consider Lane Kiffin at the bottom of the moral spectrum, but absent any proof to confirm it, I don't think I could believe even he is capable of allowing children to get sexually abused for the sake of recruiting.
So is it that I'm oblivious to reality or that there are just many people out there who have wanted any opportunity to scorn Penn State that they're willing to believe the most asinine of assumptions in order to do so? Or is it a combination of both, or something I'm missing all together?