Penn State Scandal Essay

1500 Words Jan 21st, 2013 6 Pages
The Jerry Sandusky case had a major impact on Penn State. It affected both academics and athletics in a major way. In this essay I will discuss the situation that occurred and the impact that the social media had on this once great school. Jerry Sandusky is a retired American football coach. He was the assistant coach at Pennsylvania State University under the legendary Joe Paterno for 30 years. He was the defensive coordinator for the football team. He is also the founder of The Second Mile. The Second Mile is a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged youth. This is where Jerry Sandusky had met many of his victims. On November 5th, 2011, Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sex crimes against young …show more content…
The media not only criticized McQueary but also Joe Paterno. The media criticized Joe Paterno from many different angles. The media and people were pushing for him to get fired. A Penn State alumnus had stated that she could not believe how cold hearted Joe Paterno could be. The media stated that the officials at the university cared more about the name of their school than the kids that were victims of Sandusky. They believe that because they did not report this to authorities, this empowered Sandusky to continue to do these cruel things to these young boys. The University and the Second Mile had reacted to this scandal as well. Penn State has responded in numerous ways. Some of the ways they responded was by removing Sandusky’s image from a mural near the university. Another thing that they did was renaming an ice cream flavor which he had created in his honor. They also expelled both Paterno and Spanier and placed McQueary on indefinite paid administrative leave. After the Freeh report was released many organizations wanted the statue of Joe Paterno to be removed. The statue was located outside the Beaver Stadium. There was a plane that had a banner reading take the statue down or we will. On July 22nd the statue of Joe Paterno was removed after receiving public criticism and threats. Another thing that hurt Penn State was the NCAA and Big Ten sanctions. On July 23, 2012, Mark

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