Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Horror in Happy Valley

For those of you who dont know we here at The Handbook are what you could call football fanatics. College football being no exception. While our hearts here are always behind LSU, the news coming out of Penn State over the last few days is absolutely horrifying.

For those of you who don't know Jerry Sandusky used to be the defensive coordinator and heir apparent to Joe Paterno, the winningist coach in college football history. Then this Sunday the news broke that he had molested at least 9 young boys in the last decade or so. The biggest problem for Penn State is that at least one of the attacks on a 10 year old boy took place in the locker room on campus. This was also witnessed by one of the graduate assistants named Mike McQueary who then decided to simply call his father, and leave the boy on his own while being raped by a 50 year old pedophile. He later reported this to Paterno who felt his only obligation was to report it to his boss. The problem is that this took place in 2002 and as the grand jury report states:

“a naked boy… whose age he estimated to be ten years old, with his hands up against the wall [of a shower], being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky.”  After discussing with his father what he had witnessed, McQueary “went to Paterno’s home, where he reported what he had seen.”

As a father and a human being I could never imagine seeing that and walking away. Something doesn't add up there. Maybe its my morals or upbringing or the fact that I have a soul but I could never live with myself knowing I could have stopped that and didn't.

Exit question: Not saying there is any proof of this but McQueary went from being an unpaid Graduate Assistant to a paid Assistant the following year, and is now the wide receivers coach. Funny business maybe? Could he have been told to shut up when he noticed that police action wasn't coming? Questions like this need to be answered and answered now.

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