Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Doing it Right

Tom Dienhart over at the Sporting News goes off on Penn State today, or more specifically, he goes off on people who say Penn States resurgence to national prominence is good for the sport of college football. Here is some of what he says:

I shake my head every time I hear it.

"It's good for college football when Penn State is good."

No, instead of the TV foofs saying, "It's good for college football when Penn State is good," they should say "It's good for the TV networks and Penn State when Penn State is good."

I disagree. It is good for college football when Penn State is good. In this day and age when most of the powerhouse teams struggle to graduate fifty percent of their players, it's good to see a school like Penn State, who routinely graduates over eighty percent of its players, do well. In this day and age when head coaches come and go with the wind, it's good to see Penn State, who has had the same head coach for forty years, do well. In this day and age when major programs are under black clouds for recruiting violations, it's good to see Penn State, a school that does it by the book, do well. In this day and age when college football players look like gangsters and hip hop stars, it's good to see Penn State, a program that makes their players wear business casual and be clean cut, do well.

Myles Brand, President of the NCAA, said Penn State is a model institution which all other schools should model themselves after. I didn't hear him say that about Notre Dame, or Michigan, or Ohio State, or Miami. He certainly didn't say it about Dienhart's beloved Boilermakers. In fact there is only one school Brand called a model institution. Penn State. When other institutions, coaches, fans and athletes see Penn State doing well, it tells them it is possible to do it right. And that, Mr. Dienhart, is why college football benefits when Penn State is good.

Hat Tip: 50 Yard Lion
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