From an article written about Joe Paterno in the Los Angeles Times...
"I think he's one of the great coaches ever in college sports," Reagan said. "... he's never forgotten that, first and foremost, he's a teacher who's preparing his students not just for the season, but for life."
Such comments make John Swinton, an instructor in Penn State's department of hotel and restaurant management, cringe.
"Mr. Paterno's main goal is to operate a business," charges Swinton, a critic of all intercollegiate athletics. "I believe that big-time football is incompatible with a university mission."
Swinton contends that Penn State players, despite statements to the contrary by the university, are exploited on the field and given favorable treatment in the classroom.
Swinton could not name another public critic of Paterno on campus. But that doesn't deter him. One of his biggest gripes is that the football program, he says, uses bloated figures in claiming a graduation rate of 84 percent.
The College Football Association said that if all schools calculated graduation rates the way Penn State does, counting only those players who complete four years of athletic eligibility, the average graduation rate for all schools would still be only about 70 percent.
Interesting comments that surely at the time brought criticism but in light of recent developments behind the Sandusky scandal should now bare further investigation from the NCAA. Further evidence that the appearance that PSU was the beacon of what was right with college sports only served to mask the truth about just how misguided the Penn State administrations goals and aspirations truly were.
07-21-2012 4:21 PM