Franco Harris stands by his old coach, and loses his new jobIf you’re hiring a spokesman for your business in greater Pittsburgh, it’s hard to go wrong with Franco Harris: Super Bowl MVP, Hall of Famer, businessman and all-around ambassador for the city. At least, that’s what the Meadows Racetrack and Casino was betting on — no pun intended — when it hired Harris and former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Rocky Bleier last month to “assist the entertainment facility with various outreach activities, charitable events and public appearances,” as well as appear in television spots.

It’s a safe assumption that it was not betting on the new face of the business publicly sticking up for his old college coach in the wake of the child sex scandal that just rocked his alma mater. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Steelers legend and Penn State great Franco Harris blasted Penn State’s Board of Trustees for firing Joe Paterno, and promised to support his former coach by visiting him Saturday.[…]

“I feel that the board made a bad decision in letting Joe Paterno go,” said Harris, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I’m very disappointed in their decision. I thought they showed no courage, not to back someone who really needed it at the time. They were saying the football program under Joe was at fault.

“They really wouldn’t give a reason. They’re linking the football program to the scandal and, possibly, the cover up. That’s very disturbing to me. … I think there should be no connection to the football program, only in the case that it happened at the football building with an ex-coach. I’m still trying to find out who gave him access to the building, who signed that contract.”

The bottom line for Harris: “If I had to choose today between the moral integrity and character of Joe Paterno and the politicians and commentators criticizing him, I would pick Joe Paterno, hands down, no contest every time.” On almost any other occasion over the past 40 years, the rest of Pennsylvania would be standing right beside him. On this occasion, though, that sentiment is not going to be very good for business. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

As a result of this loyalty, the Meadows issued this statement [on Tuesday]:

“In light of the recent developments with Franco Harris regarding Joe Paterno’s dismissal, Franco and The Meadows have mutually decided to put their business relationship on hold at this time, while these matters are looked into further.”

That’s a polite way of saying they fired him for supporting a man accused of effectively sheltering an accused child molester for nearly a decade. If the decision was “mutual,” I can only imagine the preceding conversation was a lively one.

Franco Harris stands by his old coach, and loses his new jobIf Harris — a star fullback at Penn State for teams that went 40-4 with two undefeated seasons from 1968-71 — is really under the impression that “there should be no connection to the football program,” he might want to take some time to read the Pennsylvania attorney general’s report on the subject. On at least two occasions — once in 1998, when former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was the subject of an investigation involving university police, and again in 2002, when Paterno was informed directly by a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in a locker room shower — Paterno and other Penn State administrators had reason to at least suspect Sandusky was engaging in violent criminal behavior in the football facilities. Still, Paterno only passed the 2002 charge up the chain to the then-athletic director Tim Curley, and apparently did not follow up with his boss or former colleague.

Sandusky was neither disciplined nor reported to authorities, and (thanks to his “emeritus” status following his retirement in 1999) continued to maintain an office in the football building and enjoy access to the locker room and other campus facilities as recently as last month, even after Paterno and other university officials had been called to testify before a grand jury investigation on Sandusky’s alleged crimes. If Paterno’s inclusion in the board of trustees’ house-cleaning insinuated the football program was partly to blame, an awful lot of paying customers have an awful lot of reasons to agree with its assessment.

Sandusky is facing 25 felony counts of deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and indecent assault against at least eight victims over more than a decade. The New York Times reported earlier this week that police are working to verify up to 10 new allegations linked to a second charity Sandusky was involved with.

The board of trustees has appointed a special committee to investigate the university’s response, as has the U.S. Department of Education.

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Losers, So I guess you are all wondering what this new disease CCWriter has invented and thus submitted to the World of Medicine as another condition to add the the Journals of Medicine?  PCS is the acronym for Permanent Concussion Syndrome that cripples the mind and clearly leads to one losing their mind.  Padded walls and institutional confinement is the only solution.  Look, Franco Harris, sure hard nosed football player, ultimate tough guy, whatever.  His mind has been overcome by PCS and CRS (Can’t Remember Shit).  Go ahead, defend your spineless JoePa who apparently now knew what was going on for decades and transferred ownership of his residence to his wife in July for $1.00.  We can only wait to find out the other moves this disgrace of a University, a sub-culture, and supposed mountain of a man JoePa made when it was internally realized the Empire was crumbling to pieces.

It is mildly disturbing that the focus seems to be on the outer layers of the real perpetrator, Sandusky, I can’t explain why that is aside from just the pure disgust there is for that creep.  Sure hindsight is 20/20, but listen to that freak, seems clear dude has the voice and tone of a sick mind.  Now, as expected victims are surfacing from as far back as the 1970’s.  Penn State big shots knew nothing??  I call Bullshit…

Here is another example of PCS and CRS.  Former stud LineBacker Lavaar Arrington.  Listen to this audio rant.  It is extensive, but it also seems telling.  I love the rant towards the end, but listen to the beginning closely.  PCS and CRS set in and Arrington seems to have known, but then must convince himself he did not know…  Interesting.   Lavaar Arrington rant on Sandusky 


One more thing on this topic, So supposedly nobody knew?  Right.  McQueery personally witnessed a shower episode with clearly what can only be understood as a sexual act taking place between Sandusky and a young boy.  Unbelievable he didn’t tell every buddy and person he knew what was going on.  And he stopped it?  The only way to react would have been to bash Sandusky’s fucking head into the wall and left a bloodbath on the shower floor.  That would have stopped it.


CCWriter feels horrible about the victims that have been affected by this since I have young kids of my own that I’ll protect with my life by any means necessary.  Unfortunately these kids under the care of Sandusky did not have that luxury and Penn State and The Second Mile created and harbored an atmosphere that accepted the sickest behavior known in our great country.  I’ll tell you right now, I can’t believe this scandal even broke the news without Sandusky being found dead or just never being found at all.

I don’t see an avenue that Penn State survives this.  How do you contribute to a University that has lived a lie and presented virtue that they have hidden behind for maybe 20, 30, or even 40 years?  How do you decide, yep, I’m going to Penn State for an education or to be a student athlete there of all places?  This whole story is so much bigger than the actions of Sandusky.

Lastly, how does the NCAA seemingly steer clear from dealing with this?  Is it OK to cover up the biggest sex abuse scandal in the history of collegiate athletics, but if Wisconsin athletes get some free shoes and OSU football players got some cash and free shit and Miami got free drugs, booze, and hot ass poontang Holy Shit ban em for life and strip away their achievements.  Seems petty in the wake of a scandal that may likely tear a University to the ground. –CCWriter



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