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Melt Down That Goddamned Statue of Joe Paterno

Well, if this doesn't end the discussion as to what Joe Paterno's legacy should be, I don't know what will:

A man testified in court in 2014 that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno ignored his complaints of a sexual assault committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976 when the man was a 14-year-old boy, according to new court documents unsealed Tuesday in a Philadelphia court.

The victim, who was identified in court records as John Doe 150, said that while he was attending a football camp at Penn State, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Sandusky’s finger penetrated the boy’s rectum, Doe testified in court in 2014, and the victim asked to speak with Paterno about it. Doe testified that he specifically told Paterno that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him, and Paterno ignored it.

“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?'” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.

“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”

Paterno, the man testified, just walked away.

They should melt that statue down and use it to make sewage system grates, something useful. I don't like to be wasteful. I do like the idea of justice being served. And if there was any justice whatsoever, the NCAA would invalidate every Paterno win since January 1, 1976 and make it permanent. People make significant character-defining choices in their lives, and Paterno made his when he walked away from accountability.

Why Does Larry Brown Still Have a Coaching Job?

Larry Brown has a problem.

In order for him to succeed in the ranks of college basketball, he has to look the other way while the people working for him cheat. And that's just how it is for him and for way too many coaches. They have to cheat in order to keep marginally educated young men academically eligible to play. This has been going on since college basketball became competitive and it will continue well into the future because that's the nature of this phony arrangement between big time programs and athletically gifted young men who have no interest in school.

Is Larry Brown any worse than any of the other coaches who have left programs in disarray? No, but he's had a great deal of success and he's a big name. If you were to purge college basketball of Brown, you'd have to throw out two or three dozen other coaches before you even started to get to the bottom of the cheating.

So start there. Throw Brown out and then go after everyone else and clean house. No? Well, then we're done here, aren't we?

Norwood Teague, Chick Magnet

Amelia Rayno has a powerful piece in the StarTribune. What follows is an account of sexual harassment by University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague:

So I agreed to have that drink. But this December night was different. Teague asked me about my longtime boyfriend, as he often did. My mistake was acknowledging that we had just broken up. The switch flipped. Suddenly, in a public and crowded bar, Teague tried to throw his arm around me. He poked my side. He pinched my hip. He grabbed at me. Stunned and mortified, I swatted his advances and firmly told him to stop. He didn’t.

“Don’t deny,” he said, “our chemistry.”

I told him that he was drastically off base, that my only intention in being there was as a reporter – to which he replied: “You’re all strictly business? Nothing else?”

I walked out. He followed me. I hailed a cab. He followed me in, grabbing at my arm and scooting closer and closer in the dark back cabin until I was pressed against the door. I told him to stop. I told him it was not OK. He laughed. When I reached my apartment, I vomited.

Later that night he texted: “Night strictly bitness.’’

The incident wasn’t the first with Teague.

When he first arrived at the university we would communicate via texts, mostly about athletics. But over time the tone of the messages slowly changed, particularly at night.  He would pepper work talk with comments that at first felt weird and eventually unacceptable. Once, he called me “cute.” Another night, after I declined meeting for a drink, he asked me if I was wearing pajamas.

I think it's safe to say that Norwood Teague has a bit of a charisma problem and a whole lot of personal issues that allow him to think himself as being above his accusers. Clearly, he believed himself capable of seducing the ladies and carrying on like a lothario. That crashed when the legal process finally kicked in. His sexual harassment of women has been going on long enough to make you wonder how this jackass got hired in the first place. He should have been fired a long time ago.

Go read the whole piece. And you can look for a photo of Miss Rayno on your own. I could post one here, and we could do a side by side comparison, and it still wouldn't add up to anything because blaming the victim is wrong and always will be wrong. Rayno is a drop-dead gorgeous young woman who, by virtue of her job as a journalist, had to put up with this sleazebag in order to maintain access and do her job. Her looks don't matter because taking one look at Teague should tell you all you need to know about his inability to treat people like a professional.

Powerful mean who look like Teague blame their victims for everything and get away with it far too often.

God, what a sickening story.

Heads Are Buried In the Sand at the NCAA


There are more than a few scandals brewing in the NCAA right now. John Oliver, who is English and makes jokey-jokes on the television box, has the NCAA's number. It's a clown-like conspiracy of epic proportions. It is raking in an un-Godly amount of money that, if it were to dry up, would cause untold numbers of universities in the United States to collapse and have to begin using their massive endowments to continue stealing money from students.

I mean, tuition is up, everywhere, and the price of a college education is skyrocketing. And yet, students are continuing to flock to the games, unaware of the link between the money their school makes on athletics and the lack of any measurable decline in their own personal costs for going to the same school. It's a circle jerk extraordinaire.

Duke Basketball ignored a possible rape scandal. Don't mention it!

North Carolina spent years tricking people into thinking they were actually in classes. Shh!

Kentucky is perfect this year. How much do you want to bet someone's ineligible and none of those wins are gonna count? Whoops!

Money, money, money. Anybody getting educated? Nope.

Bad Management and Jim Boeheim


Nobody is calling Jim Boeheim a crook or anything like that. He's a terrible manager of people in terms of maintaining ethical standards in an academic environment. He has operated like an absentee landlord, according to the NCAA, and at the level of big time college basketball, that's almost like being a crook, but not really.

Boeheim has plausible deniability--everyone who did things that were unethical in order to provide him the players that he needed to win did so under his relaxed management style. This means that he can threaten an appeal and stay where he's at and accountability will fall on others. That's a great scam if you can pull it off.

Don't Forget About Ol' Roy


Of course they're firing all the crooks and the dishonest people...
UNC has dismissed an academic counselor and is attempting to fire a professor involved in the school's academic fraud scandal, in which athletes and other students were able to take fake classes with the knowledge of faculty members. The school has also accepted the resignation of another faculty member, according to the Associated Press.
School Chancellor Carol Folt said that efforts to terminate philosophy professor Jeanette Boxill began Oct. 22, the same day that former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein released his report into the scandal.
"[Boxill was named] in light of the extraordinary circumstances underlying the longstanding and intolerable academic irregularities described in the Wainstein Report, as well as her role as the chair of the faculty council during a period of time covered by the report," said Folt.
You have to hand it to the University of North Carolina. Instead of firing the athletic director or Roy Williams or anybody responsible for telling the athletes to go take fake classes and fake tests, they're going to fire the academic faculty and hope the NCAA doesn't dig any deeper.

Because, well, you know:
Wainstein's report found that the fake classes, offered from 1993 to 2011, enabled 3,100 athletes and other UNC students to earn artificially high grades. The classes were limited to the African studies department, but the report revealed that multiple individuals at UNC were aware of them and did nothing to stop the offerings.
I sure hope some of those "multiple individuals" are held accountable for their actions, but I'm not holding my breath.