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In following this all week with a sad, angry and heavy heart, it was disappointing that almost everyone - the national media, PSU people, and analysts - kept referring to the victims in this case as children in the present tense.."We grieve for the children and families...". It demonstrates a lack of respect for them. This case spans over 15 years. Those victims are now college-aged adults. I feel it shows a couple things: a) while it's important to note the abuse occurred when they were children, it's kind of a hollow statement to make not understanding that these kids still exist today but not as children; b) it minimizes that they are fully grown adults in their late teens or early 20's who have had to live with the physical and emotional pain inflicted for so long. Given the stats on abuse, it's possible one or more players are themselves also victims of abuse. Need to separate that child abuse in the present tense needs to be reported asap, but the current victims are adults now. Also those calling to cancel the game don't understand the way to heal the community and university is through sport. Some of the victims are PSU football fans. They want to see the kids play. You're hurting the victims more by stopping football.
Just thought I'd throw that out there and if anyone else noticed it. As for the coaching staff, if this team somehow rallies and wins the B1G title, and goes to the Rose Bowl, how do you NOT keep Scrap, LJ and Vandy on. It would save recruiting and provide continuity for the team. I would hope the admin reserves judgment on this whole house cleaning notion before they see results on the field. These current coaches had nothing to do with this, and deserve a chance to continue on. Since the coaching decision has to happen by early Dec for recruiting purposes, winning the title is a must.
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