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September 27, 2013

Salvaging fallout from Penn State

You’d probably have a difficult time finding the good that came out of what Jerry Sandusky did during his time affiliated with the Penn State University football program.

The former assistant coach, accused of using his access with the team to lure boys and then molesting them, is in jail for what he did. A football program and a university are trying to live down any roles played that allowed him to operate the way he did.

But maybe this will pass as a means of salvaging a bit of the situation.

Penn State, as part of the sanctions tied to Sandusky’s crimes, forfeited its share of the payouts the Big Ten Conference raked in during the football bowl season. Each school’s share of the conference haul was roughly $2.3 million. The Big Ten took that money and shared it among the other schools.

Purdue’s share was a bit more than $188,000.

Purdue, in turn, donated that money to four Greater Lafayette programs aimed at kids, in the classroom and out. The recipients are Read to Succeed, College Mentors for Kids, Junior Achievement and Purdue’s PALS camp program.

“The circumstances that generated the funds are very disappointing,” said James Taylor, executive director of United Way of Greater Lafayette, which helps oversee the Read to Succeed volunteer efforts in local grade schools. “But we’re very pleased with how Purdue has chosen to invest that money into the community.”

Well put. And well played by Purdue.

— Journal & Courier, Lafayette

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