Commentary: Sandusky Incident Sheds Negative Light on College Athletic Programs

Commentary: Sandusky Incident Sheds Negative Light on College Athletic Programs

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By: Josh Cavazos
By: Josh Cavazos

Josh Cavazos is a member of the Javelina Broadcast Network and a writer for the South Texan.

The tumultuous situation regarding Penn State University’s child molestation scandal crippled the integrity of the school and also may have put a damper on what many considered a legendary coaching run by Joe Paterno. Paterno was fired, Sandusky will face charges and the whole Penn State University program is undergoing major changes. However another incident as of late has been brought out into the open.

What’s going on with collegiate athletics?

College athletics is about being able to groom men and women, developing them into standout athletes. Its supposed to be a environment where you are able to compete and work your tail off in order to prove to your coaches, teammates but most importantly yourself, that you have what it takes to be the best that you can be. Which is why its quite frankly disturbing and disgusting whenever situations like this occur.

What really gets me upset about the whole situation is that it’s just flat out wrong and something should be done about the problem. Don’t get me wrong, Joe Paterno and the coaching legacy he created at Penn State is something that is nothing short of legendary considering how many years Joe spent coaching at Penn State. But at the end of the day, regardless of what people will say about the coach, the fact that on his watch one of his then current coaches was molesting children in the locker room is pathetic and appalling.

Jerry Sandusky will face the full brunt of the charges in a court of law, where justice will hopefully will be served. Coaches are supposed to be those figures whom standout as leaders and example setters for their players and their staff and most importantly their communities. Jerry Sandusky violated the trust of Penn State University, he violated the trust of all the student athletes, and he violated the trust of innocent children. That is unforgivable and that is the worst act anyone could commit. The road to recovery will be long and difficult for Penn State University, but its of the utmost importance that they can move past this and rebuild their University’s image and try to win back it’s reputation.

And that is solely up to them. I can only hope that they do make the necessary changes but more importantly on a national scale, these sick acts need to be stopped and prevented. Coaches aren’t afraid to rant at the media whenever they are mad, but when something sick and disturbing is going on behind closed doors, they don’t say a word? That mindset needs to eliminated. Stand up like the men of principal you are or at least claim to and make a stand and don’t allow or tolerate this disgusting behavior anymore. It’s not just your duty, its your responsibility.