It was reported in the Washington Post that Penn State approached former Richmond Spider coach and alumnus Mike London about taking over for Joe Paterno.
London is in his second year of a five-year contract with the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers’ program was on the skids; London has turned things around quickly and the team is positioned for a bowl game and a shot at the ACC title.
London has apparently declined the offer – and I don’t blame him.
Filling a vacuum created by a tragedy is an opportunity in most cases, although a bittersweet one. However, what happened at Penn State was not just a tragedy – it was also a crime. No one can be certain if all of the accomplices and enablers at the school have been identified….probably not. The story is certain to become more sordid.
To complicate matters, there appears to be a selfish, pervasive culture among the students which puts football above innocent victims of a despicable crime.
We can be certain that there are also many students who were repulsed by the crime and the subsequent inaction by the coaching staff and administration, but their voices have not been heard in the media. Unfortunately, most students appear to be more interested in allowing the disgraced program to play ball rather than showing compassion.
What is most disturbing is the timing of the overtures to Mike London. He was reportedly approached before Paterno was fired!
What does that tell us about the jock culture at State College, PA? The school seemed more concerned with lining up a replacement before pulling the plug on its long-time coach. Can you imagine? God forbid the lack of a respected replacement could impact recruiting.
It is apparent Penn State still doesn’t get it.