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.
After the sordid Jerry Sandusky mess and the way it tarred the reputations of half the people who once held responsibility at Penn State, “clean hands” probably is No. 1 among the job requirements for the university’s next president. Unfortunately, that apparently doesn’t describe the university’s first pick to be its next leader.
Today marks two years since retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on suspicion of child molesting, and it’s been a mostly ugly two years since then. In the days following, Coach Joe Paterno was fired, then students on campus responded with a riot. Paterno died months later; and after the Freeh Report came out, many of his wins were erased from the record book, and a campus memorial to him taken down. NCAA sanctions were imposed, but have since been eased. A lot of hurt feelings remain behind.
Jerry Sandusky today appealed to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to ask it to grant him a new trial. A month ago, a lower court denied a similar appeal. Sandusky’s main argument this time is that the jurors in his original trial were not notified about the amount of time it look his victims to come forward.
Penn State’s Board of Trustees has decided…not to decide on a new president.
Centre Daily Times reports: ”Penn State abruptly called off a special board meeting on Friday that sources have said was for hiring the new university president. … The meeting was ‘delayed indefinitely to allow for further consideration on the matter,’ the university said in an announcement. A spokesman declined to elaborate.” Our guess? PennLive’s speculation about NCAA CEO Mark Emmert was a game-changer.*
The new chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state system of universities is mulling a proposal to charge students across the state different tuition rates based on how expensive their programs are to maintain.