Penn State

This might be the dumbest thing ever said: “Paul Howard, 24, an aerospace engineering student, jeered the police. “Of course we’re going to riot,” he said. “What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o’clock that they fired our football coach?”

“That Seaberg’s description of the “complete and total” pilgrimage to worship at “Joe’s House” sounds so eerily similar to last night’s events should tell us something. These deified coaches, grandfatherly as they may seem, and these monolithic sports programs, to whatever extent that they may fund other parts of the university, wield too much influence over college life. In an institution that is meant to instill the liberal values of critical thinking and an egalitarian sense of equality in its students, having special dining rooms or living quarters for athletes, as Seaberg recalls, is a bad idea. Building monuments to a man whose job is, at the end of the day, to teach guys how to move a ball from one place to another, is similarly inappropriate. And, worst of all, allowing the idea that anyone is infallible—be it coach, professor or cleric—to fester and infect a student body to the point that they’d sooner disrupt public order than face the truth is downright toxic to the goals of the university.” – Bryan Lowder, The Danger of Joe Paterno’s “Father-Figure” Mystique

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