Ever since the Penn State scandal broke, it’s been painful to hear about the abuse of so many innocent children over decades.
It’s also been painful for fans and alumni of PSU to imagine that heroic figures like JoePa or Sanduski really could have been involved in something so horrific.
Now with the release of the Freeh report, it looks like the cover-up of the abuse went on for 14 years and the choice to ignore and allow the abuse to continue went to “the most senior leaders at Penn State.”
It’s now impossible to pretend that Penn State was unaware of the crimes, and the question now is, what happens next for PSU?
Some of the listeners on Y108 reacted to the news today.
A caller named Sam called and I asked what he thought would happen. He said, “Everyone involved with it should have nothing to do with Penn State anymore, but nothin’s really gonna happen too much.”
I asked if he or someone he knew was a victim if it would change his feelings, and he responded “Oh, yeah – I’d be heated! I still think it’s messed up that it happened, I just don’t know what everyone else is gonna do about it.” I asked if he’d still want to go to Penn State and he said “Hell NO!”
Another woman I talked to on the phone said the news didn’t change her opinion of Penn State, saying: “My opinion (of Penn State) has been negative since the beginning (of the scandal).” And, when asked she said she was “not at all” shocked by the results of the report.
One listener wrote on our Facebook page that it was “The nail in the coffin, pretty much” for Penn State.
When I asked, ”What do you think should be the fate of Penn State after this discovery?” – here was the response:
Maureen said: “Clean house, as in all involved need to be taken out and have their pensions, benefits revoked, RETROACTIVE to when it all started. The entire football program shouldn’t suffer because of the individuals who took part in the cover up.”
When I asked, “Would you still attend or send your children to Penn State after this news?” Here are some of the responses:
Maureen said: “No. Ally, I have family members who have attended and as of 3 weeks ago, they still thought JoePa did what was required of him. I tend to disagree. He had a moral obligation to those children considering his status at PSU. Their entire reputation is tarnished unfortunately.”
Kelly wrote: “No different from what the Catholic Church has done for centuries. People still attend and still give money- Neither of which I support.”
John wrote: “This is a criminal matter..not an NCAA violation matter. Those who are found guilty will go to jail.”
Rick said: “It’s looking like I may become a Pitt fan…”
You can READ THE REPORT HERE.