Ohio State continues troubling trend

I have been surprised over the years that Ohio State University hasn’t been hit with more allegations of improprieties with any of its sports programs.

Well, as they say, “what goes around comes around” when a number of former wrestlers and a nursing student came forward in an interview with The Associated Press stating Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State University physician, lived a double life.

What adds to the intrigue is that Strauss liked to fondle young men on the Buckeye wrestling team, according to allegations brought forth by the victims.

This evidently had been going on since the 1970s and reported to a former assistant wrestling coach, current Ohio Congressman James Jordan and to another school physician, who shrugged it off.

Jordan denies such sexual abuse ever happened and would have reported it to proper authorities up the chain of command had he known about it.

The truth will emerge.

The story darkened when Strauss committed suicide in 2005. I wonder why. Did he know that it would be a matter of time before he would be found out and found guilty in a court of law by his peers?

This is the third major university, at least that I know of, which has been involved with a sex scandal.

The other two were Penn State University, with the Sandusky scandal, as we know, and Michigan State, where a former sports physician sexually abused hundreds of young women gymnasts working under the guise of medical treatment.

That former doctor is now serving decades of years in prison.

Allegations from more than 100 former Ohio State athletes and witnesses have been interviewed so far. Officials from Ohio State have urged others to come forward.

It wouldn’t surprise me if more scandals will emerge in the coming months and years. If those in power have learned anything, it’s that the NCAA should stay out of it as these are criminal cases and should be handled by the court system.

Les Hart

Duncansville

Baseball needs to find new ways to better protect its catchers

Catchers are hit in the mask and head every day now.

I think that the speed of pitched baseballs is the reason. Wouldn’t it be better for the catcher and umpire to move back, maybe 12 inches from the batter?

I’m not a math whiz, but I can figure out if that would help. What is the difference of force between a 75 mph and 98 mph?

I hope someone can come up with a solution. Pirate catcher Francisco Cervelli is still having a concussion problem, and Jacob Stallings was hit in the head last week.

Donna Hott

Hollidaysburg