There’s no getting around the affection that students and fans develop for famed coaches. But universities should do a better job in teaching everyone to keep intercollegiate sports in perspective.
I know it’s hard, seeing how the universities aren’t exactly acing the test. There’s a lot of lip service given to the ideal, but then they play musical conferences, pour more millions into athletic facilities and pimp their student-athletes for merchandise revenue.
Gee eventually fired Tressel. But former Penn State president Graham Spanier was more intent on covering up dirt than turning it over. Paterno and the football program were stained in the end, anyway, but the damage was a lot more severe - in more ways than one.
There’s a lesson in there for students and fans who protested Paterno’s firing.
And for college administrators who might face similar decisions on a celebrated coach.
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Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett’ 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @Its_Ball_Good or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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