As the College Football World Turns Vol. VIII: The Scandal that Rocked College Football

November 12, 2011
by Justin

Welcome back to ATCFWT, the ultimate destination for all the college football drama of the week, provided exclusively to you by scoutme. In volume one, we weighed in on college football’s bout with conference realignment, while in two and three updated you about new developments in college football. Volume four was highlighted with the possibility of Boise State playing for the Big East, and last week’s piece provided more insight about the developments from the prior week in college football’s soap opera. Volume six was highlighted with some new conference realignment information along with some NCAA rule updates. Last week’s volume was all about national powerhouses LSU and Alabama getting together in what lived up to be the best game this season. This week has been probably been the most tumultuous week of college football ever.

The End of a Dynasty

ESPN has been covering the incredibly volatile situation at Penn State around the clock since the story broke last weekend. Joe Paterno, whose name is synonymous with Penn State college football, has been ousted by the university’s trustees. Paterno, who is college football’s all-time leader in wins, is 84 and was entering into the sunset of his career. His contract was expiring at the end of the season, but like all the great coaches in college football history, he was revered far beyond the confines of Beaver Stadium.

The problem with Paterno’s program originated outside of the painted lines of the gridiron. His former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been accused of over 40 counts of sexual abuse of minors, specifically the elementary to high school level boys who were in his charity, The Second Mile. The Second Mile is known throughout the Pennsylvania and tri-state areas as one of the most progressive charities that assisted in the development of young at risk youth. Sandusky was allegedly caught molesting a ten-year old boy in the team’s facility in 2002. Current assistant and former player/grad assistant Mike McQueary caught him but did not stop him from performing this horrible act. McQueary did not report the incident to Paterno until the next day and the police along with social services were not notified of the incident. Sandusky, even amid these allegations, was allowed to run his charity out of Paterno’s football offices. When all of the facts were publicized, Paterno’s exit became inevitable.

The Backlash

The students of Penn State took to the streets out of the anger they felt from the firing of college football legend, Joe Paterno. There was some property damage, most notably a news van that was turned over by the angry mob of students. McQueary, who was initially going to be able to coach the game against Nebraska on Saturday, was moved to the press box at first according to ESPN. ESPN also reported that because of threats, McQueary was moved into protective custody and given instructions not to attend the game. On Friday night it was reported that McQueary was given administrative leave, while this controversy is still boiling over.

This week was probably the craziest week in college football history. ESPN scrolling ticker was like a gossip column. I felt like I was watching TMZ instead of ESPN. I think the issue that gets lost in all of this is the alleged victims. These children have had their lives altered forever by these events. At the Friday night game on Veteren’s Day, President Obama said, “We all should examine our nation’s priorities,” in regards to this incident, and I fully agree. Well, It’s about that time that get off my soapbox, but I’ll be back next week. Until the drama of college football dies, this is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.



Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for scoutme. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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