The Jerry Sandusky trial came to a close late Friday evening as a jury found the former Penn State defensive coordinator guilty on 45 of 48 charges pertaining to sexual child abuse. Sandusky being found guilty, however, doesn't put the university out in the clear or remove the big black eye.
As Devon Edwards of Black Shoe Diaries notes, the circus is over for now.
We are not nearly out of the woods. The upcoming trials of Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, and the potential trial of Graham Spanier, as well as the revelations contained in the Freeh report, will likely prove upsetting, disturbing, and will keep Penn State in the nation's spotlight. We will likely see a number of civil suits, naming Penn State University as a defendant. This is far from over.
But we are all ambassadors of the university we love. Although some are too foolish or too ignorant or too singlemindedly in pursuit of some narative to understand it, Penn State and Penn Staters are not now, nor were we ever, defined by the heinous actions of Jerry Sandusky. We must remember that now, and react with humility and deference. The most important thing is that the victims might have some closure, that they might be able to get on with their lives.
This is their victory, not ours.
But the circus is over, at least for now.
Penn State still has to deal with a lot of things, such as the Freeh Report and potential civil lawsuits from victims.