November 18, 2011 |
The text arrived Thursday night, instantly sinking my heart. A Syracuse University sex scandal involving an assistant basketball coach? Really? Did karma arrive to kick me in the gut? I had just finished another self-righteous stint on my soapbox, vilifying Penn State and the horrendous crimes of which former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been accused. I bristled when thinking about a potential cover-up and possible lies. I was furious. Now, as a Syracuse graduate, I was left to fend off allegations in my own backyard.
August 30, 2012 |
The turn of the calendar to September marks an awakening for college football fans. Hats and hoodies emblazoned with alma maters are dusted off, game-day party plans are organized and preseason rankings are scrutinized. The same rituals hold true for about 4,800 Chicago-area Penn State graduates, with one notable difference: The conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges has brought severe sanctions upon the Big Ten team and has shaken the community as a whole.
July 23, 2012 |
Let's make one thing clear for those of you who apparently have completely misinterpreted everything Penn State-related over the past week--the NCAA isn't punishing the innocent by levying severe sanctions against Penn State, rather they're punishing the university culture that allowed the innocent to be stripped of their innocence in the first place. The facts are there. Multiple people looked the other way while an assistant football coach sexually abused a number of children, continually allowing him to attend university functions and...
September 26, 2012 |
Move over, Bears. There's an undefeated football team in the Chicago area that's beating expectations - and it doesn't play at Soldier Field. The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-0 heading into this week's game in Evanston against Indiana in the opening weekend of Big Ten play. The Wildcats aren't just seeing success on the field, either. Since branding itself as "Chicago's Big Ten Team" two years ago with billboards around town, Northwestern has seen its season-ticket base for football jump 80 percent, senior associate athletic director Mike Polisky said.