Though it would have seemed unthink­able before last week, the sit­u­a­tion at Penn­syl­vania State Uni­ver­sity, where a respected former assis­tant foot­ball coach used his con­nec­tions to the pro­gram to draw in the young boys whom he later raped on campus prop­erty, was even worse than anyone imag­ined. Worse because not only did admin­is­tra­tors and coaches enable Jerry Sandusky’s heinous acts — leading ulti­mately to their own pro­fes­sional demise — they did so knowingly.

I can’t see any other action that shows that great inter­sec­tion of wanting to do better — intro­spec­tion, remorse, pain, lead­er­ship, humanity, empathy — in its real sense,” said Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of North­eastern University’s Sport and Society pro­gram. “If they’re hoping for foot­ball to return to promi­nence, wouldn’t they want it also under a cleansed brand?”


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