Now that the hammer has been dropped on Penn State and the wins have been stripped from Joe Paterno, I think the NCAA needs to place emphasis on the ideology of keeping campuses safer for kids. One thing I know won’t happen is that the NCAA will not give credit to former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson as the all-time wins leader in division 1 football.
Mark my words as many members of the press will redirect the attention to Bobby Bowden and not to Eddie Robinson. Bobby Bowden had a great career and is now worthy of the second best coach in college football history.
The NCAA needs to pay homage to Robinson as he did things right at Grambling. No words of scandals or abuse of kids. Every player who came through seems to hold him dearly to their hearts and revere him. I’m not saying that Robinson was a saint, because I have learned that no man is a saint. What I do know is that scandal didn’t follow him or his university while he was in control.
Joe Paterno’s involvement with this scandal is very unfortunate. I was fortunate enough to meet the man in 1997 and ironically I was supposed to go to work for the university as a graduate assistant and declined in 1997 as well. Paterno was genuine and I honestly think that the powers that be felt he needed to keep Sandusky on the payroll to continue its winning ways.
In some ways what happened at Penn State opens the eyes of everyone who thinks that these coaches are refined and that they always have the interest of the kids in mind. I really hate that it took a few kids being abused to point out that parents should be more careful who their kids are around.