Our email to the Board of Trustees at Penn State:
Your board acted courageously and correctly in dismissing the president and football coach to achieve the larger goal: preserving the school's reputation.
We can only hope this sends a clear message to your colleagues on university boards across the nation: that the school runs the football (and the athletic) program--not vice-versa.
Your board has already absorbed criticism from students and alumni. And we know there are too many other well-known examples of the "win at any cost" mentality--especially for football--at other schools.
That said, your action has properly set the bar at a higher level for a board's willingness and ability to deal with the excesses--financial, ethical and moral--of athletic programs.
Al and Chana Chechik