Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State scandal could scar campus for years to come

For those of you that haven't heard the news by now, the statue of disgraced late former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno was removed Sunday.  

That was just one of the many results of a sad, sorry episode that began when campus officials began covering up the multiple misdeeds of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky, of course, was convicted on June 22 of multiple counts of child sexual abuse.  He'll likely spend the rest of his life in prison when he faces sentencing sometime in September.

So, what does this mean for Penn State's PR image?  The reason the cover-up occurred to begin with was the fact that the football program needed to be protected from "bad publicity?"  Guess what, that "bad publicity" is now rearing its ugly head.  It just happened to take a while, that's all.

Oh, and there's one more thing.  By the time this post is put on this blog, the NCAA could impose the most severe sanctions levied since Southern Methodist University (SMU) received the death penalty back in the late 1980s.  To make a long story short, this is a scandal that scar the Penn State campus for many years to come.  Not only that, it might take years to repair that damage.

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