7/12/2012: From the NYT on the Freeh report on Penn State:
“In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university – Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse,” the report said. Paterno “was an integral part of this active decision to conceal,” Freeh said at a news conference.
School leaders “empowered Sandusky to attract potential victims to the campus and football events by allowing him to have continued, unrestricted and unsupervised access” to campus and his affiliation with the football program, the report said. The access, the report states, “provided Sandusky with the very currency that enabled him to attract his victims.”
No word yet on how new UO President Gottfredson will strengthen oversight of the UO athletic department. He could start by replacing Jim O’Fallon, who’s had the job of UO’s NCAA “Faculty Athletics Representative” for 24 years, without a review, and who is no longer faculty. Update: …
7/1/2012: There doesn’t seem to be an end to the corruption that big-time college sports brings to universities. It now looks quite likely that former Penn State president Graham Spanier will be indicted for covering for Sandusky and allowing him to continue his child raping, and that Coach Paterno instigated the coverup. Phil Knight’s eulogy of Paterno, whom he calls a hero, is here. (Given before the latest revelations.)
How can anyone read these stories and not understand that college athletics needs more transparency and oversight, not less? Yet Bob Berdahl spent a fair amount of his time and energy during his short term as interim president trying to drastically weaken faculty oversight of UO’s athletic program. And if you’re a sports reporter, good luck trying to get public documents from the UO athletic department ever since Berdahl gutted UO’s public records process.
Berdahl’s not exactly naive. He knows about corruption in college sports, and he knows the effect of his efforts to intimidate the IAC and to limit access to public records. So why did he do this? Why the secrecy about Duck athletics?