FORMER PENN STATE COACH ARRESTED FOR UNSPEAKABLE ACTS
In what is quite possibly the most disturbing story that you’ll hear or read about this week, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing young boys while he was in Happy Valley. The PSU AD and the school’s VP resigned overnight and will be charged with perjury and failure to report the alleged child abuse because of the controversy.
Sandusky almost had two head-coaching jobs in the ACC, too: at Maryland … and at my University of Virginia.
My take:I’m thankful he didn’t turn up in Charlottesville … but what an awful story.
Several questions, though:
- Why didn’t PSU get rid of this cretin when he was caught sodomizing a 10-year-old boy in the shower — AT PENN STATE — in 2002?
- How does Joe Paterno emerge from this — will this speed up his resignation/retirement?
- How can this story lead every news source in America — CNN, Fox News and the Big 3 — but ESPN buries it until halfway through SportsCenter all weekend?
An awful and disturbing story, to be sure.
BILLY GRAHAM TURNS 93
And now … to a better story: America’s evangelist, North Carolina’s own Billy Graham, celebrates his 93rd birthday today.
My take: Doesn’t matter if you’re a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic or Buddhist, you have to love Billy Graham. He’s a man of strong faith who many — including U.S. presidents for decades — have sought for his wise advice. Hope we get to write of many more birthdays for him!
NCSU 13, UNC 0
N.C. State won its fifth straight football game against archrival UNC on Saturday, 13-0.
My take: The Wuffies were having a bad season to that point, but the victory helps them to a winning record, at least for a week.
The more important question is this — does the win help Tom O’Brien hang onto his job for another year?
It goes without saying the loss helps speed up the exit of UNC interim coach
Curtis Everett Withers … right, Heels fans?
(By the way, thanks for the corrections, bloggees; Curtis Withers was a UNCC/West Charlotte High School†basketball star back in the day and I got my Withers’ mixed up!)
ECU STREAKER LIGHTS UP OTHERWISE DEAD GAME ON SATURDAY
While the military was being honored at halftime of ECU’s ugly loss to Southern Miss at Dowdy-Ficklen on Saturday, an idiot disrobed and strutted his stuff across the field in grand streaking fashion.
My takes: The link above takes you to WITN, where they have a slideshow of the antics. Seriously, a slideshow.
Would we have done the same thing on Kinston.com, if we would’ve had a photographer at the game? I’d like to think we wouldn’t have, but that decision would’ve likely been made above my head.
However, I’ll say this — for all those page-view-hungry executives out there, the WITN story and photo “gallery” has been a boon for clicks. As of 9:45 a.m., the story already had 312 comments and countless tens of thousands of PVs.
Last thought: Saturday’s action makes this Allstate commercial THAT much funnier to me:
And by the by, these Allstate Mayhem commercials are AWESOME.
The iPod shuffle
About A Girl — Nirvana
Wonderful Tonight — Eric Clapton
The Show (Live) — Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick
In Da Club — 50 Cent
Family Man — Daryl Hall & John Oates