Former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky will be formally sentenced at a hearing scheduled for Oct. 9 in Bellefonte, Penn.
Sandusky was convicted of 45 separate counts of child abuse involving ten different boys earlier this year and is likely to be facing life in prison for his crimes.
Sandusky’s sentencing could finally bring the unfortunate and infinitely damaging case to an end–to the relief of all involved, his victims, their families, the Penn State football program and the State College community that is starting to pick up the pieces and move on toward a brighter collective future.
The Nittany Lions picked up their first win on the football field this past Saturday and are off to a 1-2 start. This comes even under the black cloud of information revealed about the full-scale cover up on the Penn State campus that went all the way to the top and permanently damaged the reputation and legacy of one of the school’s most notable figures, long-time head football coach Joe Paterno.
With Sandusky behind bars, the football program can truly turn over a new leaf and, in spite of a few tough years to come, can start to rebuild itself in its own image, away and apart from the pain of the past.
How Jerry Sandusky’s transition to prison is handled is not under his control, nor was it under the control of his victims what happened to them.
It’s a true case of actions befitting circumstances and I’m sure the sigh of relief when the judge’s gavel strikes the wood on Oct. 9 will be audible across the Penn State landscape.
Kris is also the host of the Rant Sports College Football Hour on the TSC Radio Network on Sunday evenings at 8 Central Time and Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.