I moved from that area a year and a half ago. This verdict fills me with joy. Watching this whole ugly mess unfold has been very disturbing for me. My son still lives in State College. I live in fear that he ever decide to attend that school. This Sandusky affair is just a tiny peek into the ugliness that goes on at that school. And that initial riot when Paterno was suspended? Not an unusual occurrence at all. The students rioted 3 times in the 4 years I lived out there--thousands of out-of-control students tearing up in the streets, overturning cars, bringing down lamp posts--always over football. I worked overnight in Giant grocery store out there, and the students routinely (almost nightly) came in drunk, high, covered in vomit, blood, urine. A frequent complaint concerns students urinating on people's houses and right in the doorway of businesses, and the smell it creates.
Their notoriety as the number one party school in the country is unfortunately well-earned, and rather than see that distinction as the badge of shame that it truly is, they actually brag about it. Over and above regular college partying. Way. Sorry if this all sounds like griping or trolling, but I've got a real bad taste in my mouth for that school. It's both the gift and the curse of State College. By virtue of PSU, that area is one of the most richly diverse areas I've ever lived in or even heard about. It was one of the few things that made living within a mile and a half of that university a pleasure. The school itself is an embarrassment. I've lived in close proximity to OSU, YSU, UB, ESU, and Canisius. There's no comparison.
The cabal-istic way this tragedy was covered up from the start seems to be the general way they deal with stuff like this.