Penn State Sex-Abuse Scandal One Week Later
As Georgia welcomes longtime rival Auburn for a key SEC showdown, the college football world remains aghast at the heinous allegations surrounding the Penn State football program.
It was one week ago today that the Penn State sex-abuse scandal broke.
Friday night, President Barack Obama chimed in on it, saying that it should lead to “soul-searching" by all Americans, not just Penn State.
As another college football Saturday has arrived, the dark cloud continues to loom over the sport. Parenting.com opined here why kids are more important than football.
How do you feel about the scandal? Let us know your thoughts on these alleged child sex assaults.
Back on the field, there’s a full slate of games this Saturday and the TV schedule for such can be found here. Georgia Tech already has gone down, falling 37-26 at home to Virginia Tech on Thursday night. But what about Georgia?
Who would have thought, after the Bulldogs' 0-2 start, that they'd head into Saturday's game against visiting Auburn ranked higher than the Tigers and on track to play for the SEC championship for the first time since 2005? Can the Bulldogs win eight in a row? Will they avenge last year's loss to the Tigers? Here's what they're saying:
- Georgia's better off this year before the team even marches between the hedges, says David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, because Auburn no longer has Cam Newton.
- David Ching of ESPN.com's DawgNation notes that Auburn is struggling on third down, while Georgia's third-down defense is third in the nation in preventing conversions.
- The Red & Black points to a recent Wall Street Journal review of conduct and roughness penalties that concludes: "With 5.4 such penalties per game over the last five seasons, the annual matchup between the Bulldogs and the Tigers got the infamous designation of dirtiest rivalry game in the country."
- Auburn's student newspaper, the Plainsman, notes the overall closeness of the historic rivalry: "Only 38 points separate Auburn and Georgia over the course of the 114 meetings between the two teams. Georgia has outscored Auburn 1,809–1,771 in all of the meetings dating back to their first game in 1892."
- Meanwhile, back in Athens, gameday hype pushed up the arrival of a major dignitary. Santa Claus showed up at Georgia Square Mall Thursday night, the Athens Banner-Herald reports, to "avoid getting stuck in traffic connected to Saturday’s University of Georgia football game." - The Athens Patch staff contributed to this report.