Former Penn State assistant football coach Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte

Justice for a pedophile’s victims


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.


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

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.