As Buzz Bissinger went from adoring Lance Armstrong to abhoring him, it seems he has now reversed his opinion on Penn State, which he blasted during the Sandusky scandal. He spoke last night at Penn State-Berks at student-organized address. It’s hard to know exactly what he said, because the only writeup of the event I could find is scant on details. But here’s what we know.
- Bissinger said Penn State was now a “national model of dignity” for the way it responded to the scandal. (He’s thinking, presumably, about this settlement.)
- Bissinger was wearing neither leather nor an earring in his left ear, which may suggest some sort of rehab-induced recovery from his Gucci addiction.
- The event was heckled–of course–by the small roving band of conspiracy theorists who still think Paterno was unfairly framed. Chief among them is former David Foster Wallace essay subject and right-wing documentarian John Ziegler.
From the few clips available of him speaking, Bissinger does not appear to be backing down from his view that collegiate sports are a corrosive influence on higher education, merely that Penn State has taken adequate responsibility for its errors.
Here is some video of Ziegler’s merry band in action: