Apparently, the whole world thinks that Penn State football players rape little kids.
First, the Insight Bowl picked Iowa (who PSU beat) over the Nittany Lions to play Oklahoma. Now, the coaches voted 2 Big Ten d-linemen to the All-American team, but left off Devon Still. If you’ve watched him play, you’d know that Still has been the most dominant DT in the whole country in 2011. In fact, he was recently named B1G’s defensive player of the year. That means he was the best defensive player in the whole Big Ten — not just best defensive tackle. He was better than every linebacker, safety, cornerback, defensive end, hero, rover, nose tackle… whatever you played, Still was better. Yet, somehow he’s not an All-American? Fuck you, world.
I understand the anger directed toward the coaches and officials previously employed by Penn State that failed to report Jerry Sandusky. Fine. But this current roster of kids played their asses off, overcame a historic controversy, almost won the Big Ten, and finished with a 9-3 record. It’s embarrassing to punish these players. ESPN failed to report Bernie Fine banging ball boys for a decade. Are you refusing to watch ABC and ESPN? Are you logging off espn.com? If not, and you think these kids deserve the neglect they are getting, you are a hypocrite.
The worst part about it all, is the overall perception that Penn State students are receiving. They didn’t ask for this. They didn’t know it was going on. Hell, PSU’s students and alums have already raised over $500,000 in support of RAINN. Yet, there are still constant stories of other teams’ fans calling PSU students “fag lovers” and strangers on the street spitting on THON canners (who are spending their free time standing on the corner, raising millions of dollars to fight pediatric cancer). While these things are exponentially worse than leaving Devon Still off of some list, it all applies to the general perception of innocent teenagers.
In 5 years, when Penn State is still a football cash cow, still has the best travelling fan base in the nation, has Bill Cowher(!) leading the team to a top 5 ranking, and all these sponsors want to benefit off of PSU’s success, I hope the higher ups remember how the rest of the world treated these kids.