2011 in Sport: Bruce Arthur on Penn State
When the grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky became public, the outrage was whipped forward like a forest fire in a high wind. The testimony was horrifying, and catalogued eight separate victims in excruciating detail; it seemed to catalogue a cover-up by the leaders of a major university, too, who responded clumsily. Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were charged with perjury and failing to report the incident.
But the power of football was on full display — even as pressure began to press down on Joe Paterno, even as the media descended on Happy Valley like a plague, the university attempted to limit the questions at his weekly news conference to those about the big game against Nebraska Saturday. The news conference was cancelled, instead.
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