Politicians, coaches, and others from across the country have been offering words of praise for the coach.
What are your thoughts on this?
Obviously I do not think anyone should attack him. Quite frankly, I think that since he's dead we need to stop talking about his role in the case except as it is pertinent in any future lawsuits which are certain to arise. No one is served by dragging a dead man's name through the mud.
What about all of the platitudes though?
We are hearing people say he was a good man. He had integrity. He was a leader of young men.
The current scandal is enough to make a person question his integrity.
Beyond that, it has become apparent he was a controlling person who placed his football program above all else. Stories coming out of Happy Valley since the scandal broke paint a picture of a coach who turned a blind eye to transgressions by his players to preserve the team. It seems as if the man not only did not care what he players did at times but didn't understand why others did. It seemed as if was the ultimate 'boys will be boys' attitude.
So the question is, was he a good man? Should he be remembered as such? Should he get to keep his reputation because he died before the trials, along with all of the tawdry details and his involvement in them, started?
This is not to speak ill of the dead but it also is not the first time we have seen this phenomenon.
What are your thoughts?