George Hale’s Perspective on Sports

Updated 3 years ago

THERE IS ONE THING THAT WE CAN’T DENY FOR SURE.THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WAS PRETTY SAD FOR COLLEGE SPORTS AND FOR THE NATION IN GENERAL.THE MONTH HAD HARDLY STARTED WHEN THE SORDID STORY OF CHILD RAPE CHARGES DEVELOPED AT PENN STATE.NO SOONER THAN THAT STORY ENVELOPED US ANOTHER BOMB DROPPED.THE SYRACUSE MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM, SIMILAR TO THE PENN STATE THEME, GARNERED THE SAME TYPE OF HEADLINES.SUDDENLY THE WORLD-AT-LARGE FOUND OUT THAT THE INSULAR WORLD OF BIG TIME COLLEGE SPORTS CAN AT TIMES HOLD SECRETS.NOW AS A NEW MONTH BEGINS WE CAN ONLY WONDER IF THERE IS MORE TO COME AND FURTHER WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED THROUGH THIS SAD PERIOD OF TIME.TO BE HONEST I FEAR NOT MUCH AT ALL.I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS WHO COMPETE AND DO IT ON A SHOE STRING WITH THE STUDENT ATHLETES AND COACHES PERFORMING ADMIRABLY.HOWEVER, IN THE WORLD OF BIG TIME COLLEGE SPORTS IT WILL BE BUSINESS AS USUAL.NO AMOUNT OF BAD HEADLINES WILL CHANGE THAT.EVEN AFTER THE CHILD MOLESTATION CASE EMERGED AT PENN STATE ONE NATIONAL NETWORK ASKED THE QUESTION — HOW WILL THE SCANDAL AFFECT RECRUITING?LOOK AT THE PROBLEM.IT’S ALWAYS DAMAGE CONTROL.WHEN YOU DEAL WITH PENN STATE FOOTBALL IS NEVER OUT OF THE PICTURE.SEASON ENDS…RECRUITING BEGINS.SUDDENLY THE SCENE SHIFTS TO SYRACUSE. ANOTHER ASSITANT COACH, ACCUSED OF MOLESTING BOYS, IS OUTED.AND WHAT DOES THE HEAD COACH JIM BOEHEIM DO?HE DEFENDS THE ASSISTANT AND VERBALLY ATTACKS THE ACCUSERS.AT SYRACUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT BASKETBALL.IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE SPORT AND THE INSTITUTION…NEVER ABOUT THE VICTIMS.AT A LATE HOUR PENN STATE FIRES THEIR LEGENDARY FOOTBALL COACH AND THE SYRACUSE COACH BOEHEIM BACKS OFF HIS INTEMPERATE REMARKS.INSTEAD OF QUICKLY DEALING WITH THE ABUSE THE FIRST INCLINATION AT THESE BIG TIME SCHOOLS WAS TO PROTECT THEIR BACK SIDES.THE TRUTH IS THAT THE STUDENTS, STAFF AND GENERAL PUBLIC ARE SHOCKED AND SADDENED BY THESE TERRIBLE SCANDALS.THE BIGGER PROBLEM IS IN THE INSTITUTIONS WHO TOO OFTEN LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN TROUBLE STRIKES OR AT BEST SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG.IN THE WORLD OF UNTOUCHABLE COACHES WITH MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS LIFE IS DIFFERENT.OCCASIONALLY, A FEW VOICES OF REASON PIPE UP.MIAMI, CAUGHT UP IN A SCANDAL DECIDES TO FORGO A BOWL GAME.OHIO STATE REMOVES THEIR COACH.BUT FOR MOST FANS, THEY SIMPLY GO ON ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND MOVE FROM SPORTING EVENT TO EVENT.GAMES AND MILLION DOLLAR GATES ARE BIGGER THAN ABUSED BALL BOYS.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.


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