O'Neil: Proud Penn Staters stung

Colleague Dana O'Neil brings a unique perspective to the Penn State scandal as both an exceptional sports journalist and an alum of the school.

O'Neil today writes about how prideful Penn Staters are hurt and embarrassed by the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the university's apparent lack of action in reporting alleged sex crimes involving minors.

People simply want to know, "How?" How could five grown men -- Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, football coach Joe Paterno and graduate assistant Mike McQueary -- fail to turn this over to authorities?

If the Duke lacrosse case has taught us anything, we don't know what we don't know.

Knee-jerk reaction is easy and Twitter right now is afire with it.

But determining true guilt and assessing real blame, even involving the most heinous of crimes, is difficult business and one that I am surely not qualified to handle.

Then again, neither is a football coach, an athletic director or a university president.

There are people charged with the tricky jobs of investigating crimes, procuring indictments and determining guilt or innocence.

They have expertise, intelligence and most important, impartiality.

Why weren't those people ever contacted?

Click here to read O'Neil's story.