Justice for a pedophile’s victims

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Originally, this post was going to be about the guilty verdict rendered against former Penn State assistant/convicted serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky and what it meant for the current Nittany Lions football program going forward.

Pre-verdict, tossing such an idea around sounded like a solid tack to take.  Post-verdict?  Insensitive and callous doesn’t even begin to describe it.  Hollowly asinine or asininely hollow, take your pick as they’re in the ballpark.

A pedophile, whether or not he’s connected to a major college football program, convicted on 45 counts of the sexual abuse of upwards of 10 children is not about the current coaching staff or players, or about the past coaching staff or athletic administration that may or may not have been enablers and actively involved in a coverup.

There’s time — plenty of it — for that on down the road, to place blame on every single one of ’em.

The time now, though, and as the father of five and with the resoluteness that only a parent can have, is about one thing and one thing only.

Justice for the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a serial pedophile.  Again, and I’ll italicize it for emphasis, justice for the victims.

That’s it.  That’s all the verdict was and should be about right now.

Justice for those who were sexually assaulted by a predator who preyed on at-risk kids.  Justice for those who were raped by someone who, under the guise of a children’s charity, ripped away any shred of innocence boys as young as 10 may have had.

There should be much joy from ‘Ville to ‘Burgh and all points in between that the “man” who preyed on that innocence will be behind bars for the rest of his life and will never again make another child his next victim.

The guilty verdict won’t restore what was lost and won’t erase the memories seared into the victims, but it will give them the one thing they deserve.

Justice.

Everything else, every other angle, can wait another day.

Bowling Green lands Cincinnati grad transfer John Kurtz

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Just ahead of the start of summer camp, Bowling Green has further solidified its depth and experience along its offensive line.

Appearing at the MAC football preview Wednesday, Mike Jinks confirmed that John Kurtz has been added to his Bowling Green football roster.  Kurtz comes to the Falcons as a graduate transfer, which would technically give him immediate eligibility.

“He played spring football for Cincinnati and was in the rotation for playing time on the offensive line,” Jinks said according to the Toledo Blade. “He’s a kid who has a chance to have an impact right away.

“The opportunity is there for him to play right away for us. This is a big ‘get’ for us.”

Jinks also hinted that Kurtz, who has two years of eligibility remaining, could be a redshirt candidate for the 2017 season as well.

Despite being just a two-star 2014 recruit, he was rated as the No. 12 player at any position in the state of Kentucky.  During his time with the Bearcats, Kurtz played sparingly.

After stops at TCU, Arkansas State, Cameron Echols-Luper to give WKU a try

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Maybe the third time will be a charm for Cameron Echols-Luper?

On his personal Instagram account Wednesday, Echols-Luper revealed that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Western Kentucky.  According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the decision was made following a visit to the school earlier this week.

As a graduate transfer, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Hilltoppers. However, he has to finish up some schoolwork at his former school, Arkansas State, before officially moving on to WKU.

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Echols-Luper began his collegiate career at TCU in 2013, transferring to ASU in 2015. After sitting out that season, he was third on the Red Wolves in receptions (26) and receiving yards (407). His 15.7 yards per reception was second on the team.

Ex-USC DL Noah Jefferson won’t be transferring to Arizona after all

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In early March, Noah Jefferson announced on Twitter that he would be transferring from USC to Arizona.  Nearly five months later?

Never mind.

Wednesday, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jefferson will not, as previously expected, be playing for the Wildcats this season.  No reason for the abrupt and unexpected about-face was given.

The coach did, though, intimate that a future pairing between the player and the program isn’t out of the question.

Jefferson wouldn’t have been eligible to play in 2017 for the Wildcats even if his move to the desert had come to fruition. He would’ve, though, had two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018 at his disposal.

A four-star member of USC’s 2015 recruiting class, Jefferson played in 14 games, starting one of those, as a true freshman. After starting the season-opening loss to Alabama last season, Jefferson never played another down for USC.

Hugh Freeze makes first public comments since exiting Ole Miss in disgrace

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For the first time since his unceremonious exit from Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze has spoken publicly.  Somewhat.

In what was described as a brief interview with USA Today Sports Wednesday, the former Ole Miss head coach said his family and church have helped him get through the storm of the last few days. When asked if his family was standing by him, Freeze responded, “Oh, gosh, yeah.”

“God is good, even in difficult times,’’ Freeze told the website. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.”

“I got some good friends,” the former head coach added.

The stunning news dropped last Thursday night that Freeze’s tenure as the head coach at Ole Miss had come to an end because of at least one call from his university-issued cell phone to a known escort service.  While Freeze blamed the call on a misdial, the administration found a “pattern of misconduct” during a deep dive into his phone records, leading the school to confront the coach about the situation.

After meetings with Freeze Wednesday night and then again Thursday morning, it became apparent that, if he didn’t resign, the school was going to fire him.

Because of a moral turpitude clause in his contract, there was neither a buyout nor a settlement.