Friday, November 11, 2011

Staples: Players prepping amid scandal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- They'll still play a football game here Saturday. While that game's importance pales in comparison to the events unfolding elsewhere in town, more than 100,000 will gather, two teams will play and millions will watch on television.

Some talk radio screamers and talking heads have suggested Penn State cancel the game because of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal -- which has claimed the jobs of iconic Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier and resulted in perjury charges for Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz. Some have suggested the Nittany Lions should cancel the rest of the season.

That's foolish. Penn State's football players had no role in this. Most were in elementary school in 1998, when Sandusky was first investigated by police. Most were in middle school in 2002, when, according to a grand jury report, then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at Penn State's football complex.

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