In a letter to Statecollege.com, Joel Myers writes, “Imagine volunteering to serve your alma mater, serving to the best of your ability, loyally and faithfully and always giving of your time and treasure — only to be attacked without warning in a public ad” (from Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship).
He should have thought about this concept before he helped destroy coach Joe Paterno’s life and reputation without warning on Nov. 9, 2011.
Myers had, unlike Paterno, a chance to tell his side of the story. His side is that the board was under “extreme duress” in 2011, which reinforces Keith Eckel’s previous admission that the trustees rushed to judgment without possession of the relevant facts.
Cowardice is willful failure to defend something to which one owes a duty of protection because of duress or pressure.
Cowardice is the opposite of what Graham Spanier displayed when he stood behind Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Penn State’s reputation in 2011.
Myers and his fellow trustees knifed Spanier in the back at the very moment Penn State needed him most, opened the gates to Penn State’s enemies and hoped those enemies would be merciful. They were not.
Myers claims, accurately, that he denounced the NCAA sanctions, but then he fell into line with the board’s powerbrokers after they appointed him to the executive committee, thus putting his own interests above those of the university.
He sowed the wind, so now he must reap the whirlwind in the coming election.
William A. Levinson, Wilkes-Barre