I just came across this link to a blog post about the scandal at Penn State, written last year by the CnC professor that I have just put under so much scrutiny. An excerpt:
To this day, universities justify college football on the grounds that it builds character, but all the evidence I have seen after watching sports for 40 years suggests that the 17th century religious critics were right to be skeptical. Sports teaches players to try hard and be good teammates, but I have seen very little evidence that playing promotes moral virtue, let alone civic virtue.
I used to think that football was out of step with the values that universities promote, but now I think it is largely in step with the specialized, materialistic, fame-seeking, win-at-almost-any-cost mentality that characterizes many students’ ambitions and the mores that characterize our society.
Which makes me think that there might be more substance in those CnC courses than I was aware of. 2/17/2013.