Penn State Football: Let's Not Give Jerry Sandusky Any More Headlines

Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterSeptember 6, 2012

June 21, 2012; Bellefonte, PA USA: Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to hear closing arguments in the Jerry Sandusky trial.  Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State fans and college football fans as a whole were greeted by the dirtiest S-word in the sport today—that being "Sandusky," of course—in this morning's headlines. According to ESPN, the convicted sexual predator has some regrets.

Oh, mind you, they're not behavioral regrets or remorse for what he was convicted of. No no. What Jerry Sandusky regrets is not being a bigger part of his trial.

Here's more from the ESPN report:

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky regrets not taking the stand at his child sex abuse trial and likely will be sentenced next month, his defense lawyer said Wednesday.

Sandusky, who maintains his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but saying he never molested them, regrets not taking the witness stand to dispute the claims of several young men who accused him of abuse, Amendola said.

"He does now," (Attorney Joe) Amendola said. "What do they say about Monday morning? 20-20?"

Yep, pretty sure everyone was just dying to hear from you, Jer!

The fact is this. Jerry Sandusky was convicted of dozens of unspeakable acts, a conviction that'll likely net him a sentence that'll long outstretch his remaining years of his life. His sentencing is coming up, and it'll be fine to talk about him then. And if Amendola files an appeal, sure, we'll talk about that, too.

But what's far less acceptable is spending any more time on Sandusky as a person. To continue giving him a voice—even through his attorney—is to dwell on the profane, to ignore what makes this sport great for the benefit of what made it awful.

Penn State fans don't deserve that. Big Ten fans don't deserve that. College football fans don't deserve that.

The college football season has begun, and it has begun without the worst elements of the entire Penn State scandal involved anymore. That's the way it ought to be. Let's keep it that way.