There are very few things that I do not think can be effectively communicated with the right words. The heinous actions that Jerry Sandusky is accused of committing are among them.
The grand jury’s report of the charges levied against the former Penn State assistant coach is absolutely disgusting. If you want to read it, go ahead. I’ll warn you, though, you might feel physically sick. No exaggeration.
I’m not going into the gruesome details of what is contained within the grand jury report other than to say that the acts described are the worst you could imagine when somebody is accused sexually assaulting a child.
As for the failure to notify the police of sexual abuse of a child that was witnessed first-hand by a graduate assistant, everybody who was aware and did not inform the authorities needs to explain that decision. Forget what the law requires you to do, I don’t understand how anybody can put anything above the well-being of a defenseless child, pass the onus of doing the right thing onto somebody else, and/or rationalize not informing the police.
It’s always easier to play the woulda-coulda-shoulda game, but this is a man investigated for similar crimes in 1998, and who continued to bring children around the football program and to bowl games. If there’s a whiff that he’s hurting children, call the police not your boss. Again, explain.
Recapping the week in 500 words or less, this is what we learned about the season:
- The Seminoles look like they’ll play very well down the stretch. They get Miami this week, and that’s always a big game. Both teams are still fighting their way back into national prominence.
- Matt Barkley continues to establish himself as a potential high draft pick. He had six touchdown passes including a very impressive touchdown pass to Robert Woods in the win over Colorado Friday night.
- Missed tackles hurt Vanderbilt against the Gators, who won for the first time since September. Call me crazy, but I thought Vandy was going to pull it off. They’re headed in the right direction.
- Louisville and Cincinnati, not West Virginia and South Florida, are atop the Big East and looking like they could stay there.
- Maryland is eliminated from bowl contention by Virginia, who has now won two straight with a tough finish ahead of them.
- Oklahoma failed to capitalize on some first half A&M turnovers, but their explosive offense was well on display with four third quarter touchdowns. That receivers corps is stacked, but it’s tough to see Ryan Broyles lost for the year. He was the big-play guy on that team.
- Oregon State sure plays tough against the top teams in the country. They ended USC’s title hopes a few years ago, and Stanford couldn’t find much breathing room until late in the third quarter.
- Cardinal receiver Chris Owusu suffered his third concussion on another big hit, and was taken off the field in an ambulance. He returned to the sidelines in the second half, but when concussions start to mount you have to worry about the player’s well-being if he continues to play.
- How many times do we see a top-tier team struggle to separate from a team they should beat in the first half only to run away in the second? Oregon did it against Washington. Boise State did it against UNLV. Nebraska couldn’t do it against Northwestern and was dealt its second loss of the year and fell behind in the Legends race to the team they just beat last week.
- Big plays defined the first half of the Arkansas – South Carolina game. We saw a 98-yard kickoff return, 48-yard pick six, and a 68-yard touchdown pass. The Hogs are 4-1 in the SEC. What if they beat LSU? Mmm, chaos.
- The Alabama – LSU game was exactly what we thought it would be. Neither defense gave up a touchdown, and both teams are almost mirror images of each other in the statistics department. The difference? Three missed field goals on Alabama’s part.
- Meanwhile, an offensive showcase was underway in Stillwater. What a pendulum of a game that was. Cowboys go up double-digit points, K-State goes up double-digit points, Cowboys go up double-digit points, K-State narrows it and they trade blows the rest of the way before K-State ties it with three minutes left. Then OSU goes up, and K-State can’t punch it in from the five. Whew.
I usually choose a player for this, but the Alabama/LSU Game Proved It Was Worth the Hype Saturday night. Seriously, did you watch it? Few games truly live up to the noise made by the hype machine in the week leading up to it, but this one did. You had a feeling that it would come down to field goals and given Alabama’s struggles in that department, you had an inkling that LSU would win it, but other than that you really had no idea what was going to happen.
This week is an excellent one for college football:
Tuesday, November 8
- Northern Illinois @ Bowling Green, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN2
- Western Michigan @ Toledo, 8:00 PM ET, ESPNU
Wednesday, November 9
- Miami (OH) @ Temple, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN
Thursday, November 10
- Ohio @ Central Michigan, 7:30 PM ET, ESPNU
- Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN
- Houston @ Tulane, 8:00 PM ET
Friday, November 11
- South Florida @ Syracuse, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN2
Saturday, November 12
- Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech, 12:00 PM ET, ABC
- Florida @ South Carolina, 12:00 PM ET, CBS
- Nebraska @ Penn State, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
- Michigan State @ Iowa, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN2
- Texas @ Missouri, 12:00 PM ET, FX
- West Virginia @ Cincinnati, 12:00 PM ET, ABC
- Pittsburgh @ Louisville, 12:00 PM ET
- Miami @ Florida State, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN/ABC
- Texas A&M @ Kansas State, 3:30 PM ET, ABC
- Auburn @ Georgia, 3:30 PM ET, CBS
- TCU @ Boise State, 3:30 PM ET, Versus
- Washington @ USC, 3:30 PM ET
- Tennessee @ Arkansas, 6:00 PM ET, ESPN2
- Oregon @ Stanford, 8:00 PM ET, ABC
- UCF @ Southern Miss, 8:00 PM ET
- Arizona State @ Washington State, 10:30 PM ET, Versus