Well, another Senior Crawl has come and gone in Columbus and we get ready to celebrate with the graduates of the Ohio State class of 2014 (including our friend Janelle!). You can’t think “graduation” without today’s soundtrack, I’m guessing… and we’ll give you the version that features yet another great Ohioan.
Pay It Forward
If you haven’t been paying attention, it’s been a pretty awful week of weather for folks in Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Alabama. Our friend and award winning sports journalist Robby Donohoe has done a great job at covering both the weather and documenting the devastation from the tornadoes in his neck of the woods. As you’re looking through his twitter account, be sure to also look for opportunities to make a difference and help with the recovery.
Around The NCAA
The concerns against Franklin are troubling; according to legal action brought by one of the respondents in the sexual assault investigation, Franklin made contact with the alleged victim soon after the incident in question, and that he also approached her in a private meeting later to discuss her assistance with a ‘hostess’ program, even though he acknowledged knowing that it was “against the rules.” Franklin dismissed the allegations in a statement late Tuesday, but the significance of this didn’t escape many around college sports.
Penn State, as you remember, is just now stepping out of the shadows of the Sandusky matter, and is still under investigation (to the best of my knowledge) from the Department of Education regarding violating Clery Act expectations about mandatory crime reporting. Additionally, they just named as their new president the former leader at Florida State, where another Department of Education investigation is underway following the Jameis Winston matter and university compliance with federal Title IX protocol.
This is, unfortunately, not limited to just Penn State- the White House on Tuesday also released information regarding initiatives to address sexual assault on campus, and initiatives to get men more involved in helping halt these types of situations. Here’s the PSA released yesterday:
It’s important to talk about this in the light of athletics without making it an athletics issue… With investigations at Michigan, Missouri, and (now, apparently) Penn State and accusations earlier this year in Columbus, the questions that we’ve had about other matters ring true here. This is an important issue for those of us that care about the college experience; and it’s easy to wonder if the power and money and prestige that comes with major university sports also might create an environment where the possibility for poor decisions, from students and administrators, might be heightened.
That being said, it’s also good to read that there are steps being taken to be ahead of the issue at the University that we care for so deeply.
It’s graduation at my place of work on Saturday, and I’ve already promised one of my students a whopping $4 if they do this upon receiving their diploma: