For too long, perhaps, Penn State University has lived in its own little world. It’s a school so dedicated to football its leaders turned their backs on what became one of the worst scandals in the history of college athletics. Their unhealthy idolization of their late long-time head coach Joe Paterno led to his disgrace, the incarceration of a deviant former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, who most likely will spend the rest of his life in prison, NCAA sanctions, and the dismissal of the school’s president and athletic director, both of whom are in legal jeopardy. The financial cost to the school has been substantial.
Today, though, not that many years later, the football team is again highly ranked and filling a huge stadium in one of the more difficult college towns to reach.
But with the continuing fallout over the hazing death of a young fraternity pledge, the Big Ten school and Pennsylvania taxpayers may have another costly problem on their hands – despite a judge earlier this month throwing out the most serious charges in a criminal case against members of the involved fraternity.
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