Penn State Letterman’s Club Speaks Out

The Letterman’s Club statement follows:

“On behalf of the Penn State Football  Letterman’s Club, our thoughts and prayers continue for the victims and  their families in the heinous criminal acts of Jerry Sandusky. Their  lives have been negatively impacted forever and it is important that  their stories are not overshadowed by those continuing to define and  sensationalize their narrative.

“The penalties and bans imposed on the Penn State Football program by  the NCAA are severely damaging well beyond the stated time frame. Our  Club endeavors to stand with all Penn Staters in supporting the current  members of the State Football team under the leadership and direction of  Coach Bill O’Brien and his staff. Bill is committed to carrying on the  successful development of student-athletes that has been a model for the  past several decades. There is not a better individual to lead us  through these difficult times than Bill and we are fortunate to have him  directing the future of Penn State Football.

“After listening to Dr. Mark Emmert‘s press conference this  morning, his assertion that a balance between academics and athletics  (specifically Penn State Football) did not exist previously is baseless  and intellectually dishonest.

“It is with great pride that the members of  our Club know that we have done it the “right way” for several decades  and we will not allow Dr. Emmert’s careless remarks to tarnish the  legacy of Penn State Football. The academic standards and the  well-documented historic graduation rates at Penn State far exceed the  standards set forth by his organization. This is simply one illustration  of many over the past several months where the facts do not supersede  those with an agenda.

“The Penn State Football Letterman’s Club stands united with all  current Penn State students, Penn State Alumni, and Penn State fans  throughout the world as we remain proud of our University, our  reputation, and our traditions.  We will defend her honor and the  institutions within that have made Penn State a world-class University.  The world is soon to learn the true meaning and depth of the credo that  defines us ….



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