A Sad Day for College Football
College football may well be the most appealing sport in the nation. It features young kids playing against each other, a staple of American sports, and there is always a chance for the underdog to upset the favorite, the type of David and Goliath story hardly featured in professional sports. It seems like the ideal game. But this week, college football took a tragic blow with the scandal of the Penn State coaching staff. Years ago, Jerry Sandusky, then an assistant coach on the Penn State football team, began a system in which he fostered young children. The horror is that he then proceeded to sexually harass the young children he fostered. One day, another coach caught him in the act of having sex with a child, and he went straight to Joe Paterno, the head coach since 1965. But Paterno, rather than going to the cops, opted to go to the school officials. Sandusky's punishment? He was banned from the locker rooms. Now, this week, Penn State is facing the consequences. Sandusky is headed to jail, and Paterno was fired, much to the dismay of many Penn State fans. Riots broke out on campus in support of the coach of fifty years. However, I believe Penn State did the right thing. Sandusky's actions are unexcusable, and Paterno should have taken the issue straight to the police. As a result of him not doing so, other kids were raped, a horror no child should have to endure. I now believe that other incidents similar to this one are going to pop up across the nation. i want to believe that everyone is innocent and good at heart. But after hearing about what went down at Penn State, it is hard for me to feel that way.