Penn State: Criminal U?

Now I'm not saying that college age kids shouldn't get in a little trouble now and then. Most college students are unexpectedly and suddenly exposed to the harsh realities of paying for their actions once they move away from home. Certainly life lessons are best learned the hard way, but what is happening at Penn State has to be concerning. I don't know if this is a product of bad program leadership, or just a run of bad eggs that seem to to be growing like a virus in State College, PA.

Run Up the Score is running a post (ha!) detailing a story that ESPN is going to feature on their sports magazine show, Outside the Lines. They are featuring a story about all of the PSU players who have been arrested since 2002. ALL 61 OF THEM!!!! *#!&!%$!!!!!

The link and the find are courtesy of Mike at Zombie Nation.

However, like Mike, I too share in his feelings about ESPN. And I too will be interested to see how specific they get about each player. Now, it should be noted that not all players arrested were charged or even found guilty. But, that's not the story.

Now I understand the group dynamic. And when you are a member of a close-knit the team goes, so goes the rest. Clearly there is a problem here. Of course not every program is totally squeaky clean, but 61 arrests in 6 years is alarming. Either the coach has lost control of his players, or he just recruited bad kids...something is wrong, and will obviously be addressed by either the administration or the NCAA, or both.

I don't know details of this story and when it will air, but any PSU fans out there who are "in the know", please feel free to comment or email me and I will update.

1 comment

  1. See, your post is exactly what we're fighting. There were not 61 "arrests". The list alleges 61 run ins with the law, but when you break down the list it is full of errors and omissions. A large portion of the charges were dismissed. Some of the items were done by former players. Joe Paterno gets out of his car and wags a finger at a lady and that makes the list?

    When you take all that stuff off the list and all the things that are dismissed you're left with mostly a lot of underage drinking and disorderly conduct stuff. While I'll be the first to admit our kids have been less than choir boys in recent years, the person who put the list together had a clear agenda to smear the PSU program and wasn't going to let facts get in the way. So when PSU fans hear Outside the Lines is looking to do a similar story we get a little defensive.