Trustee Myers: 'This Team Will Be Remembered for 100 Years'
Public comment was over, as was discussion regarding action items when trustee Joel Myers spoke up at the Penn State Board of Trustees meeting on Friday afternoon at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel.
He commended the football team for their efforts on and off the field, overcoming all the adversity the summer offered. His speech, in text and on video, which starts around 2:50:00, is below.
Myers is the father of Dan Myers, publisher and owner of Lazerpro, the parent company of StateCollege.com.
"I just want to make a few comments about Penn State's extraordinary football team if I may and equally extraordinary coaching staff. The Penn State community has many reasons to be very proud of them.
"And all of us have sent a clear message of integrity and leadership to America over the past year of course, after suffering the terrible blow to our reputation.
"Although there's not one shred of evidence that anyone aside from a handful of people had anything whatsoever to do with these crimes, the NCAA and even parts of the Big Ten believe our team must carry an unfair burden.
"I hope they realize that Penn State very quickly stepped forward as the leader to educate and fight against America's hidden epidemic of childhood sexual abuse, certainly they know Penn State has set the highest standards of integrity in athletics by adapting and embracing the athletics integrity agreement headed by Senator Mitchell.
"I challenge other universities to show me a greater program and higher ideals than we now have at Penn State. We know that many Americans have heard our message of integrity and leadership but clearly many have not. How can we do better to get the word out.
"The Penn State community has always embraced and worked extremely hard to stand for righteousness, fairness and academic integrity and to maintain high standards, shouldn't we expect fairness in return?
"Shouldn't all institutions of higher learning stand with us for justice and fair play?
"When will they?
"I believe this football team will be remembered for at least 100 years. Let's make it so.
"They did not give up in the face of adversity. They have showed immense class against extraordinary odds. The victories they fought hard for in 2008, 9, 10 and 11 were stripped away from them through no fault of their own as a result of unfair sanctions imposed and forced upon us by the NCAA.
"Then comes game day.
"They play their hearts out with the expect taking that at least the rules of the game will be the same for both teams. Shouldn't the NCAA and Big Ten speak for these players against any injustices?
"America can see these injustices, Americans are fair people. Our classy Penn State football players and our coaches fight on. A great inspiration, not only to Penn State but to people of fairness everywhere.
"As Grantland Rice said, "it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game."
"Boy, have these players played the game. With class and never say die attitude. That's why this team, in my opinion, will be remembered for 100 years. They deserve it.
"Their leadership inspires us and makes us proud. Penn State proud."