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Giger: PSU scandal to get worse before it gets better

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November 10, 2011
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com , The Altoona Mirror

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Success with Honor no longer applies to Penn State University.

Maybe someday the prestigious institution with a great football tradition will be able to use that motto or reclaim its place among the most-respected universities in the nation.

But it will be a long, long time before that happens.

This scandal is just beginning, and anyone who believes things will get a whole lot better before they get worse is kidding themselves.

There are still so many unanswered questions in this sickening sex scandal, and now the national media and its heavy-hitting investigative journalists are making their way to central PA.

They will dig and dig looking for scoops, they will ask questions that have never been asked and they will look under every rock trying to find more details and answers about how Jerry Sandusky was allowed to be an alleged sexual predator for so long without getting caught.

Who knew about his past?

How much did they know about it?

Why didn't they come forward all these years?

Did the remaining members of Penn State's coaching staff know about Sandusky's alleged penchant for little boys -- were they told by either Mike McQueary or anyone else -- and if so, why didn't they come forward years ago?

Did anyone cover up anything, from the largest to smallest detail?

What did The Second Mile know about Sandusky's past and when, and did it look the other way as he continued to work with children?

Did Ray Gricar's disappearance have anything to do with any of this (which seems unlikely, but people will be investigating it).

Most importantly, how many more Sandusky victims might come forward in the coming weeks and months?

With each and every detail that emerges, this scandal will look worse and worse. Maybe there won't be anything else that's as bad as what already has come out -- it would have to be disastrous to qualify -- but each and every one will be an ongoing reminder of the appalling nature of this scandal.

Wednesday was a truly historic day as legendary head coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier were fired in the wake of the scandal. In many ways the story centered around sports for a change -- the head coach of a football team losing his job -- and less on the sex scandal.

There could be outrage for a while over Paterno getting fired, and hopefully the young people on campus who are furious about it can contain their emotions and prevent bringing even more shame on their university through riots or other illegal and destructive demonstrations.

The whole world is watching State College right now, and the proud community doesn't need the additional embarrassment of its college students acting like criminals with dangerous and threatening behavior.

Someday things will return to normal in Happy Valley, just don't expect that any time soon.

Cory Giger is the host of "Sports Central" from 4 to 6 p.m. daily on ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM. Reach him at 949-7031 or @CoryGiger on Twitter.

 
 
 

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