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Re: [We Are...Penn State] Open Letter from Franco Harris, Penn State University Alumnus and NFL Hall of Fame Running Back

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  • Michael Miller
    I love Franco. With everything else he did this past weekend he also spent at least 2 hours at Joe s statue posing for pics and signing. The only thing that
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      I love Franco. With everything else he did this past weekend he also spent at least 2 hours at Joe's statue posing for pics and signing. The only thing that might be as good as Franco is his wife. She is one of a kind!

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      From: "PSU Carl" <carl@...>
      To: "We_Are_Penn_State@yahoogroups.com" <We_Are_Penn_State@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [We Are...Penn State] Open Letter from Franco Harris, Penn State University Alumnus and NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
      Date: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 6:32 pm





      <http://www.marketwatch.com/story/open-letter-from-franco-harris-penn-state-university-alumnus-and-nfl-hall-of-fame-running-back-2012-04-25>

      NCAA President Mark Emmert has made a misleading, damaging and untrue
      statement (AP) when he included Joe Paterno on his list of coaches
      that were fired for "misdeeds." Mr. Emmert should know that before you
      bunch everyone together and pass judgment, you must first get all the
      facts and the truth about each one. Obviously, he didn't.

      I am very disappointed in Mark Emmert and the NCAA for taking this
      position on Joe Paterno, in essence becoming the judge, jury and
      executioner. But this should come as no surprise to those who know the
      NCAA. In the article, Emmert made the following statements:

      "You're seeing boards of directors, of trustees, and presidents and
      athletic directors saying 'You know you've done a great job here. We
      love you. We pay you really well. You get all this adoration. You've
      got to live by the rules.'" Emmert went on to say, "And that's a good
      thing."

      Well Mark, in reference to your statement, Joe did live by the rules
      of the University, of the NCAA, and of the law. However, you omitted
      the fact that Joe Paterno and the Penn State Football Program did not
      commit even one major NCAA violation in 61 years. Mr. Emmert, we are
      talking about a man who had a great family life, who gave so much more
      than he received, and whose motto of his football program was Success
      With Honor. And yes, he lived by his credo as well as your rules. In
      fact, in 2011 Joe Paterno's Success With Honor initiative earned Penn
      State the ranking of the #1 academic football program in the country.

      In the article, Mark Emmert said the five coaches who were fired
      (Paterno, Tressel, Petrino, Davis, and Pearl) had been considered
      "untouchable" in the past. Well, I would like to correct Mr. Emmert.
      The only "untouchable" in the history of college sports is the NCAA.
      You and your group are not accountable to anyone, as your actions have
      shown through the years. The only other "untouchable" within the
      College and University ranks is the Board of Trustees. Once again,
      they are not held accountable to anyone, despite their misdeeds.

      If a person or organization is found guilty of a misdeed after the
      investigation, I wholeheartedly support the action of them being held
      accountable. In my opinion, there should be no exceptions, including
      the NCAA and the Board of Trustees.

      Franco Harris
      PSU '72




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