Penn State Abuse of Power Football

July 14, 2012 - 9:41 AM
FILE - In this July 12, 2007, file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, talks with new incoming Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee after Gee spoke at the university Longenberger Alumni House, where trustees announced his return to the OSU presidency in Columbus, Ohio. As the country absorbs the independent report released Thursday, July 12, 2012, on the Penn State sex abuse scandal, some see it as more than an indictment of one school. They see it as underscoring how major-college sports, football in particular, have run amok. When Gee heard Tressel concede he had reason to believe several star players were taking money and free tattoos from a suspected drug dealer and yet he had told no one, Gee was asked if he had considered firing Tressel. "Let me just be very clear," Gee said with a grin, "I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me." The joke fell flat, but echoed around the country. It confirmed what many already believed about the balance of power in college sports today: some football teams run universities, not the other way around. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Doral Chenoweth III, File)