Immediately after Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno announced Wednesday that he would retire after this year’s football season, stunned students and alumni unleashed a flood of support for the scandalized school and Paterno.
A good chunk of the reaction comes from the D.C. area, which has the largest concentration of Penn State alumni in the country, according to Pat Dunne, who manages communications for the Metro Washington, D.C. chapter.
“Regardless of the outcome, our Great Institution has a major black eye,” wrote James Boyd on the group’s Faceboook page.
Monday, the chapter released a statement that expressed “disappointment and sadness” at allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused eight boys over 15 years, and that two top Penn State officials had been charged with covering up the allegations. The group’s Twitter page is encouraging followers to “be angry, but not at your school.”
Meg Freund Reed, who graduated from Penn State in 2002, wrote in an e-mail that the scandal is bringing alumni closer together.
“I emailed all of my PSU friends the other day, just wondering if anyone else was feeling like someone had died,” Freund Reed wrote.
Washington Post contributor and former former Penn State All-American linebacker LaVar Arrington is also weighing in on the scandal engulfing Paterno. He likened the news to the loss of a family member. He also weighed in on the Sandusky allegations.
“He was the professor of Linebacker U,” Arrington said. “It feels strange to say it now.”
Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, vice president for finanance and business, have been charged with failing to alert police and with lying to a state grand jury that indicted Sandusky.
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By 01:16 PM ET, 11/09/2011
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