Penn State has caused massive damage to itself.
The university abandoned four people with longstanding histories of integrity, who had given their lives to education and more than 160 years of combined service.
The most baffling part is Penn State’s acceptance of Louis Freeh’s findings without critical review and allowing for press conferences before anyone actually read the report.
The board of trustees has avoided further discussion of the results even though there clearly are unanswered questions.
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This makes no sense unless something else is going on that someone wants to remain hidden.
Not only was there a total lack of defense of the university, but no respect for due process.
Ironically, Spanier is the only person who publicly defended his employees when the story broke. The university lost a leader who actually supported his workers even against his own self-interest.
A person who knows nothing about Penn State might conclude that Paterno and Spanier would not have been fired if they had done nothing wrong.
But this was a case of guilty until proven innocent. Had the university indicated that time was needed to get this right, fair-minded people would have reserved judgment.
If Penn State truly wants to move on, legitimate questions need answers.
Unfairly tarnished reputations need to be restored. When mistakes are made, true leaders make it right. Penn State has done nothing to make this right, and those being told to move on are not going anywhere until they do.