The following is a copy of my letter to N.C.A.A. President Mark Emmert concerning the raping of young boys by a former football coach at Penn State University and the coverup of these crimes by university officials. The actual rapes themselves were terrible enough, however for university officials to knowingly coverup the crimes as to not tarnish the sacred image of the school was far worse in that it allowed Jerry Sandusky to further prey on his victims. School officials and the university itself should be held accountable!
July 18, 2012
Dr. Mark Emmert
President & CEO
The National Collegiate Athletic Association
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Dear President Emmert,
I write in regard to the very disturbing sexual abuse crimes that occurred at Penn State University over the past fifteen years that resulted in the firing of their much beloved and respected long-time head football coach Joe Paterno. Not only was the repeated raping of young boys shocking, however the coverup of these rapes by the most authoritative officials at the university abhorrent and most likely criminal as well.
With the release this past week of the report on the eight-month long internal investigation of this sordid affair by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, I was horrified to read that Mr. Freeh concluded, “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.” This report accuses former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz, former Director of Athletics Tim Curley and Coach Paterno of knowing the raping of children by Jerry Sandusky were occurring as far back as 1998 and not only did these men do anything to prevent these rapes from further occurring but they allowed the former coach continued access to the football facilities after he retired, not long after the first report of a rape occurring at the facilities. Mr. Freeh’s report determined that “Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest” and that these men prevented any sort of official investigation and were implicated in the coverup of these crimes as well.
If any case in the long, troubled history of N.C.A.A. sports warrants “death penalty” sanctions, this certainly is it. The old adage that the coverup is always worse than the crime undoubtedly holds true in this circumstance. For the former school president, vice president, athletic director and head football coach to allow these crimes to continue for years as to not tarnish the image of the university is criminal as well. The young men who were repeatedly raped by the monster Jerry Sandusky will bear the emotional scars of these crimes for the rest of their lives. This was a football program, athletic department and a university unrestrained and with absolutely no institutional control. I strongly urge the N.C.A.A. to impose a five-year “death penalty” against the Penn State football program at the very least.
Steven H. Spring
The Ohio State University, Class of ‘87