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Is This the End for PENN STATE?
ALEXANDER WOLFF
July 30, 2012
The worst scandal in the history of college sports led the NCAA to impose harsh and unprecedented penalties on the Nittany Lions. What's left is a legacy in ashes, a program in shambles and a community in disbelief
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July 30, 2012

Is This The End For Penn State?

The worst scandal in the history of college sports led the NCAA to impose harsh and unprecedented penalties on the Nittany Lions. What's left is a legacy in ashes, a program in shambles and a community in disbelief

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As Tedesco spoke, the driver of a passing car shouted out his approval.

And then, moments later, a shout from another car: "F--- you!"

Penn Staters across the country are sorting themselves out alongside these poles of opinion. "I've written about sports scandals, and this is by far the worst in the history of college sports," says Charles Yesalis, a retired health policy, exercise and sports science professor at the school who now lives in Lynchburg, Va. "I'm astounded that there are going to be fans in those stands six weeks from now, or whenever the hell it is, cheering while a football team runs out on the field. That's an embarrassment.

"Look, I love football. I'm not one of those pinhead academics who hates sports.... [But] they shouldn't play football this year. And the NCAA shouldn't have to decide that. If Penn State really was what it's been telling people it's been about for all these years, they would stop the season. But they're not, and I'm embarrassed about that."

Also hung from that chain-link fence outside Beaver Stadium was a sign reading NO TRESPASSING. A familiar liturgy echoes in that last word. The forgiveness that the prayer calls for—for our own trespasses and those who trespass against us—is supposed to be a prerequisite to healing. But there's rancor even beyond the victims, among the Nittany Lions' faithful. Monday's sanctions assured Penn State of a long transit through the wilderness into which its football program has led it, and that will make healing still harder to come by.

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