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Penn State

Nov 23, 2011 by Ugh | 1 Comment
MckinneyTexas asked at the Mothership whether there would be a Penn State post but there were no takers, so I thought I'd throw one up here. But, what to say? I'd like to say that this illustrates "everything that's wrong with big time college athletics," but I don't think that would be true.

I actually typed the last sentence above a few days ago* before today's story in the WSJ, which seems to indicate that JoePa's Penn State football program did not in fact live up to the "squeaky clean" image it maintained. While true that PSU was not sanctioned by the NCAA during JoePa's tenure, it appears from the article that there were many many cases, dating back to who knows when, where football players were given more leniency by the PSU administrators when it came to things like, e.g., breaking into an apartment en masse and beating people, than would have been given to "ordinary" students. Shocking, I know. Further, they went so far as to basically strip the student conduct administrators of their ability to discipline football players with respect to football related activities, "After Dr. Triponey's departure, the university hired Bob Secor, a former vice provost at the school, to head a committee to examine the judicial-review process. Mr. Secor says that Mr. Paterno told him that he didn't think other people should be able to decide whether a football player should be able to play or not. 'And we agreed with that,' he says."

So, assuming more and more stories like this will come out, it actually does seem to me that the PSU "scandal" can be held up to illustrate most, if not all, of what's wrong with big time college athletics. If I were sending a kid to college right now with a big time NCAA athletic program, one piece of advice I would give would be to stay away from those athletes (be they football, basketball, and/or some other sports stars on campus). They are unaccountable and the temptation to act accordingly is strong.

*along with a few other things that don't seem relevant anymore

I got nuthin'

Nov 04, 2011 by Ugh | Add comment
I'd been meaning to work up a post on excessive U.S. government secrecy with all sorts of links and stuff but just haven't been able to do so.

The short version is: Bush/Cheney said "fuck you" to the American people on this issue I thought the Obama administration would be better, but it has also said "fuck you" perhaps using nicer language in certain cases. So, it seems to me, that the CIA/NSA/Pentagon axis has a stranglehold on the Executive in this area, at best. I mean, such egregious abuses/cover ups such as that of Maher Arar and the guy that destroyed the interrogation tapes are either "state secrets" or "nothing to see here"?

It's got me cynical enough to think about voting for the GOP on the sole basis that they keep claiming they'll lower my taxes.