Nittany Nation is in turmoil. The board of trustees is subjected to criticism from within the group and outside the Penn State community.
Some trustees and alumni are concerned only with restoring one man’s image.
Despite the criticism of the Freeh report, these facts cannot be denied: A serious complaint was lodged against Jerry Sandusky in 1998, which was referred to the district attorney. Another incident was reported to Penn State officials in 2001.
High-ranking Penn State officials were aware of these incidents, but officials have not confirmed who knew what and when. The “Penn State family” theme has been constant throughout this ordeal.
Questions that have not been answered are: In 1998, was Penn State barred from conducting its own investigation? Should Penn State employees be held to a higher standard? Why didn’t anyone think to ask who the alleged victim was? Why weren’t HR policies consistent across the university? How does a coach negotiate a contract worth millions without the approval of the trustees?
Is Nittany Nation so blind that we cannot see the forest for the trees? Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Were these actions symptoms of greed for power, money or both? Secrecy and exemption from right-to-know laws are ingredients for disaster.
James A. Dugan State College