We find the nationwide "shock" expressed about former FBI Director Louis Freeh's conclusion that late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for years helped cover up his former top assistant's sexual abuse of children is either naive or disingenuous.
Don't get us wrong: The initial revelations that such abuse of children could go on at an institution with the stellar reputation of Penn State was, indeed, shocking.
But once the details indicated that former assistant Jerry Sandusky had a history of complaints, it became obvious that Paterno knew about it and likely helped sweep it under the rug "for the good of the Penn State brand."
Sadly, anyone who has been around big-time college football programs knows that the first line of defense in crisis is nearly always to circle the wagons and to "protect the program" by making the situation disappear.
It is nauseating, particularly so in this case, but it is reality.
In State College, Pa., football is not just king, it is the entire royal family. As head of that royal family for more than 40 years, Paterno knew everything worth knowing about the program.
But Paterno is no longer with us. So let us move beyond the "shock" of his involvement and realize that this sordid business is a clarion call not just to Penn State but to all institutions, both public and private, to redouble internal controls and procedures to uncover, prosecute and eradicate sexual victimization