Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports Lays Out the Essential TRUTH About Former Penn State President Graham Spanier – In OUR Humble Opinion Spanier Is A Sorry Excuse for A Human Being and A BIG Hypocrite As Well – Stanford University and the Proper Relationship Between Academics and Athletics – No, What Stanford University Has Is Not Right For All Other American Universities But There Are Lessons To Be Learned From Penn State….On What NOT To Do…and From Stanford Where Not Only Are the Academics At A Very High Level….But The Cardinal Athletic Teams Will Whip Your Ass In Sports As Well!
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports lays out the essential TRUTH about former Penn State president Graham Spanier….in our opinion of course…far better than we could in his latest…
“Spanier was the ultimate NCAA busybody. He sat on and later chaired the organization’s Board of Directors, a position arguably more powerful than NCAA president. He was on the high-level NCAA management council. He chaired the BCS Oversight Committee.
He was everywhere over the last decade and a half, the epitome of the faceless bureaucrat that churns out all those lopsided NCAA rules and bizarre statutes in an effort to exert an iron grip on the system.
The NCAA is often vilified. It isn’t the workers at the Indianapolis headquarters who deserve scorn. It’s the Spanier types, the presidents and commissioners who write the rules one committee meeting at a time (usually from a Florida beachfront hotel).
He was a model of self-interest, distorted ethics and misplaced authority, much of it derived from the false concept that Penn State football operated on a higher ethical level than the rest of the country.
“He’d always lean on the Penn State thing,” said one administrator who served alongside Spanier on NCAA committees. “He always made the Penn State part known. Like, ‘Well, we do it within the rules and still win at Penn State, at Penn State football. Why can’t you? Why lower the bar? What’s wrong with you?’ “
It was a lie and Graham Spanier knew it. Not just in the case of Sandusky. There’s plenty more in the Freeh report. Incidents of the athletic department not following its own policies, not reporting potential violations, allowing head coach Joe Paterno’s outsized influence on discipline and other issues. For years the school didn’t even adhere to the federal Clery Act, which requires reporting crimes committed on campus.”
Double Amen to that Dan Wetzel and a prayer for the victims of the EVIL MONSTER Jerry Sandusky while we are at it which makes the rest of Wetzel’s takedown of Graham Spanier MUST reading for anyone that gives a Damn about intercollegiate athletics because whether anyone wants to admit it or not there are MORE “Graham Spaniers” out there running America’s colleges and universities and they are allowing all kinds of BS to go on in the name of “protecting the school” or their own precious asses.
Read the below Coaches Hot Seat Blog post from late November 2011 to understand fully just how bad it is right now in intercollegiate athletics in the highest corridors of power and how in some ways things are getting worse:
The Wall Street Journal Story This Week on Discipline Problems at Penn State Reminded Us Of An ESPN Outside the Lines Story on Penn State From the Summer of 2008…Yes, the Summer of 2008….About Discipline Problems at Penn State – Yes, There Have Been Questions About Discipline Problems at Penn State for Years Now and in 2008 the Coaches Hot Seat Blog Recommended A Way To Clean-Up the Mess at Penn State and in Intercollegiate Athletics….We and Others Were Ignored….and Things Have Gotten Only Worse Over the Past 3 Years….And the Worst Is Yet To Come….The Worst Is Yet To Come…Which Makes Some of These Sorry People In Positions of Power Across Intercollegiate Athletics Some Very Sorry Bastards That Really Don’t Care About Anything….But Lining Their Own Damn Pockets and If They Have To Cover-Up Things To Line Their Pockets…They Will Do It, Coaches Hot Seat Blog, November 23, 2011
There is a Helluva lot we could say in this spot to add to what Dan Wetzel wrote about Graham Spanier, but we are content with our opinion that Spanier is…
One of the Sorriest Human Beings alive on Planet Earth today
As Dan Wetzel points out one of the Biggest Hypocrites as well
Yes, most certainly we could elaborate more on our opinions of Spanier and others across America’s colleges and universities and other Bastards that are right now involved in high positions of power in intercollegiate athletics, but what we would say would not be appropriate for a blog that is mostly read by adults because if we really told you what we think of Graham Spanier and a few other Bastards we would have to use a lot of curse words that some of our Mormon friends in Utah would call us out on…as they should!
Going to the deeper point made by Wetzel about Spanier and how there are lots of hypocrites in positions of leadership in American academia and intercollegiate athletics we have had a lot of discussions here at Coaches Hot Seat over the years about what we have seen, what we have found out, what we have personally investigated, what we have witnessed and what we have assumed about many I-A athletic programs across America and as we have compared ALL of the above to something that some of us here at Coaches Hot Seat care deeply about, Stanford University and Stanford Athletics, we have talked about what exactly we would want to see happen if one or more of Stanford’s sports teams were found to be breaking NCAA rules OR were God-forbid involved in something like the Sandusky scandal.
The REAL point when considering such things is whether the university athletic department and the biggest sport on most college campuses, the football program, is bigger than the university as a whole and certainly when one is talking about Stanford University what is MOST important, either athletics or academics with “academics” meaning THE University as a whole, there is no doubt in our minds if one or the other has to go because of wrongdoing OR if athletics got so big that it was dominating the university then it would athletics that would go in a nanosecond decision.
When now Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby left the Stanford AD position in early May he held a meeting with the Stanford coaches and staff and said…
“I just hope you realize what you have here,” a listener quoted Bowlsby as saying. “It’s the leader in how athletics and academics can work together.”
…and the main reason that Stanford University is a very special place is that Stanford’s athletic department including the football and basketball programs have never been, are not now and NEVER will be bigger than the university as a whole and we can say with full confidence if the day ever comes that a coach, an athlete or sports program at Stanford came to believe they were bigger than the school that is when their Sorry Ass(es) would be sent packing because NOTHING and NO ONE in the athletics department is more important that what goes on in the classrooms, lecture halls, research labs and all other important things that go on across the Stanford University campus…..PERIOD.
YES, Stanford’s athletic teams WINNING Pac-12 Titles and NCAA Championships is Very Damn important to us and we are mighty Damn proud that Stanford Athletics just won its 18 th consecutive Directors’ Cup that recognizes the I-A athletic department that is most successful overall in winning and placing high in NCAA Championships….
….but ALL of the NCAA Championships that Stanford’s athletic teams and individuals have won pales in importance to Stanford University and the positive impact that both its graduates and the school as a whole has had to this point and will have in the future on the world that we all live in and the exact moment that Stanford’s athletic department started to overshadow the school or negatively impact the university would be when Stanford Athletics would have to be shut-down…..permanently.
As we written in this CHS Blog many times over the past few years there is a very important role for athletics in the life of America’s universities because we know first-hand the positive impact that both individuals playing sports can have on people’s lives and how strong and respected sports teams can enhance a university campus and make it a better place for the students, faculty, alumni and probably most importantly for the surrounding community, state and general population that often have as their only connection to “their school” being through a sports team.
With all of the above being said we here at Coaches Hot Seat are certainly not going to make the claim that all other I-A schools should have the same kind of athletics department that is found at Stanford University because different schools in much different parts of the country have long-standing ties with their fans that stretch back 100 years or more and through many generations of families and certainly during our travels we have seen football traditions at schools like Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU, etc.. that sometimes dominate the entire life of the state and school and there is nothing wrong with that IF the essential nature that football is a game….an important game in America….but still a game and that as one recognizes and cheers on their favorite football team they should also celebrate and help to drive forward the goals and mission of the university that the football team represents.
We could on for way too Damn long on this topic of the proper relationship between academics and athletics at American universities, but if you have read this far you probably understand where we are coming from and what we hope can be learned both by what has happened at Penn State and from a school like Stanford University that has some of the highest academics in the land and athletic teams that will flat-out whip your ass!
Yes….FEAR THE DAMN TREE….if you know what’s good for you!