Pen State Scandal: Has Penn State Failed Again?

Glenn PettyAnalyst INovember 15, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 24:  Wide receivers coach Mike McQueary of the Penn State Nittany Lions speaks with Graham Zug #5 during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on October 24, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In the ongoing horror story that is the Jerry Sandusky Penn State scandal, it looks as if the venerable institution has yet again failed to do the right thing. But, this time instead of covering for a Nittany Lion, Penn State officials have left him a position to be vilified.

Today, NBC news reports that Mike McQueary is claiming in an email to his former teammates that he did break up the 2002 alleged Sandusky shower rape. To date, almost everyone has inferred from the Grand Jury report that he did not. An ESPN reporter has subsequently received a conformation of McQueary’s assertion from a law enforcement agency.

Now the debate will start about what he actually did an how much was enough. For example, if he broke up the rape, but didn’t take the kid away from Sandusky, find out his name and take him home, it’s safe to say he didn’t make all the right decisions.  However, not breaking up the rape would be the worst decision in the history of adulthood, so McQueary has nowhere to go but up.

If the reports are true, Penn State has let McQueary down by not issuing a statement (or allowing McQueary to make one) last week to correct the widely held belief that McQueary did nothing when he encountered Sandusky’s shower crime.  

While PSU officials were unwilling to throw Sandusky (and ultimately themselves) under the bus, it now appears that they were willing to put another Nittany Lion loyalist on administrative leave without attempting to clarify his role in this mess.

In light of all the criticism and the death threats hurled at McQueary, based on his assumed inaction, the university should clarify this situation.

If they are unwilling to do so, McQueary should break ranks and tell his version of the events.