I was inspired by Scott Brown's sports story “Penn State coach O'Brien hopes players will stay with Nittany Lions” (July 25 and TribLIVE.com).
My son is an upcoming high school senior. Penn State was at the top of his list for college. Then the PSU scandal hit the news, followed by the devastating NCAA-imposed hardships/sanctions.
Many people have questioned him about why he would still want to go there. I borrowed Coach O'Brien's comments to his players when I encouraged him to hang in there with Penn State: “Life is filled with adversity and the way you travel through life is how you handle adversity, and that's how you're defined as a man. ... (T)urn the page and get on board with a new era of Penn State football. ... (C)ontinue (your) belief in this fantastic university. ... (R)emember the mission of Penn State, which, as it relates to football, is the value of a world-renowned education ... .”
I would be proud for my son to choose Penn State. There is something very good about hanging in there when times get tough. I will be on the edge of my seat, cheering Penn State football on to victory!
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.