Skip to comments.Top Colorado recruit decommits from Penn State
Posted on 11/11/2011 9:08:38 PM PST by Colofornian
One of Colorado's top football recruits announced that he no longer intends to play for Penn State.
Joey O'Connor, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman who attends Windsor, decided to reconsider his college options because of the recent scandal at the university.
Joey O'ConnorWe're taking it day by day. I decommitted just to relieve all this pressure off my family, my teammates, my coaches and myself," O'Connor told Windsor Now.
O'Connor said he notified the Penn State coaching staff of his decision, and that he will wait until after the high school season to renew his college recruitment. His team is seeded fifth in the Class 3A state playoffs, and will open postseason play on Saturday.
MaxPreps recruiting expert Tom Lemming has O'Connor rated as one of the top offensive tackles in the country. According to Windsor Now, he had pared his final college choices to Penn State, Utah, UCLA and Tennessee. He said he already has been receiving calls from schools.
"Now, everything's at the same playing field and it's a zero-zero game right now," O'Connor told the newspaper.
While the scandal affected his college choice, O'Connor was most concerned for the victims of the child sex-abuse scandal. He also expressed concern for former Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
"It's a tragedy. My heart goes out to those families and those victims, and it's a shame that they have to go through this," O'Connor told the newspaper. "My thoughts and my prayers are with them."
As for Paterno: "When I was sitting at Coach Paterno's kitchen table it was genuine, and I knew that he was a genuine person. I still believe that. This doesn't take away from everything else that he has accomplished. It's a tragedy, and it breaks my heart to see all this going down."
More will follow. Many more -- many who would otherwise commit...taking a detour to another campus.
For years to come.
Expect transfers, as well. Lots of transfers.
Doesn't sound like the kid has what it takes to be Penn State material anyways.
“Expect transfers, as well. Lots of transfers.”
As well they should.
Who wants to go to Predator State University?
what a decent young man..bet his family has strong moral values.
Joey O’Connor, if you’re reading this, give Jerry Kill a call.
He’s the head coach at the Univ of Minnesota.
He’s embarked at rebuilding our team. I’m just about sure that there’d be a full ride scholarship - and better yet, you could probably play right away!
Which might mean Minnesota could someday beat a Big Ten team not named Iowa.
The more I think about that animal Sandusky and all the support he received to continue raping little innocent boys the more I become enraged.
Sandusky should be publicly stonded and left in the middle of the Penn State town square for the ravens to pick his worthless corpse clean.
Good. I hope Penn State never gets another football player ever.
Who wants to play football for a pedophile sex school?
Penn State remains a great university. Count on this—we will rise again, stronger than before.
When asked if Sandusky could impact alumni donations, Jim Lyons, a Penn St. alum Class of 76 responds, Absolutely, man. Its a pride thing, Hes up from Philadelphia for the game, walking around College Avenue in downtown State College, right across from campus. Its going to be going from pride to shame.
Source: Time Magazine, Nov. 12, 2011 Penn States Pre-Game Vigil: Focusing on the Victims And Worrying About the Fallout
Penn State Pride? Or Perv State Shame?
Penn State Pride? Or Pedo State Shame?
Penn State Pride? Or Predator State Shame?
The Time Mag article linked above also says that @ the Student Vigil tonight, done ostensibly to remember the victims (and certainly it focused on that), included..."The crowd sung Imagine, the Beatles song..."
Tell us, Sand Lake Bar...did Friday night's vigil include the singing of this line from "Imagine?": Imagine there's no Heaven / It's easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky
So even when you would hope that a university town would turn most to God to help it out of its plight, it wants to erase God...and ANY and ALL ultimate accountability, eh?
Sorry, Penn Staters. Sorry student body. Sorry Lyin' Alumni.
Matter and the "turf" that's on your football field and this world ain't all there is.
I would hope this becomes an opportunity to regain your corporate soul...vs. forfeiting it while trying to gain the world...
It really is tragic that thousands of people will have to pay for the shame of one.
Penn State is a community of good and strong people of all faiths and creeds. We are well able to restore our institution’s good name.
Why were there riots in favor of a child rapist enabler?
Clean house. Get the perverts and abusers in jail.
Hope the Feds go RICO on all the conspirators.
PS president Graham Spanier was also firedhis bgrnd answers the one question on everyones mindhow Sandusky got free rein in the PS showers with young boys.
Did Spanier participate, as well? He certainly had an obsession with pederasty and moved hell and high water to give gay sex a foothold in PS.
VITAL REFERENCE Paterno is getting the most attention, but FREEPER PA BOOKENDS posted this WRT Graham Spanier, the President who was also fired.
Spaniers degrees are in sociology with an emphasis on things sexual wife swapping, adolescent sex. He claimed he wanted to make PSU the most LGBT-friendly university in the country. Penn State had the first gay fraternity in the nation. Under Spaniers leadership, Penn State has sponsored the Tent of Consent - all about gay sex, as well as C*ntfest (I hope you find that shocking).
Shortly after his arrival, Spanier tried to get rid of Paterno. Hmmmm. Why would that be? The football program was bringing in tons of money. Paterno was (and remained) one of the LOWEST paid college coaches in the country. He, Paterno, has donated millions to the University. Spanier lost the battle, but one has to ask: why was Spanier so eager to get rid of Joe??
It becomes clearer and clearer why Spanier was out to ditch Paterno-Spanier had to clear out any and all obstacles in his path to solidifying Penn State as a protected pedophilia haven.
Much in the same way that a “Cougar” is an older woman who goes after young men, a “Nittany Lion” is now the name for a homosexual pedophile.
The faggy University President and professors organizing student orgies will never look the same again - hopefully. Maybe the University pushing homo sex on young men there, won’t be so seen as so harmless.
What makes all these old liberals think students want them inserting their saggy asses into the middle of young people’s sex lives and sexual idenities?
It is going to be okay, but it is going to take a while. Americans are really not big on homos porking little boys.
If this was truly the case, then why did the Penn State organizers of the pre-game vigil tonight diss the "creed" of heaven & hell among those "faiths" which embrace it -- via that song "Imagine" tonight?
We are well able to restore our institutions good name.
I'm not going to try to be a "prophet" and say whether the name will be restored or not...but I will go this far: If it is, I don't think your "we" will be involved in that...
Because by the time it may be restored...
...the "we" of the student body will have moved on [including some who will deliberately choose to graduate elsewhere]...
...the "we" of the faculty and admin will have either retired or died...
That essentially only leaves the alumni and some generation of future students, faculty, and admins...
Most of those are the "they" -- yet unidentified...
...Not the "we"
I hope the kid goes to Tennessee. Derek Dooley will build a powerhouse there.
Geeze. I did not know all this about pervert Spanier. Obama’s got a gay man/boy activist as his gay schools czar! They are moving in and moving on out of that closet they once used to molest little boys.
Conservatives need to write about this.
“Why were there riots in favor of a child rapist enabler?”
That’s the point...they remind me of those now-unemployed new grads who voted for hopeychangey back in 07’. Brainless and idiotic. Paterno knew. Period.
You might not survive the lawsuits.
You still haven’t even gotten rid of the corrupt coaching staff!
One of my first posts—days ago on this matter—was that Penn State should end their football program for five years and then start again. I believe they will have no choice.
Step up to the plate.
Cancel Penn State’s remaining season before someone is killed by a formerly abused individual seeking revenge.
Announce that this is a non-season for all Penn State football players. They will all be allowed to replay this year’s eligibility. They will also be allowed to transfer to another college (if they so choose) without any loss in eligibility.
It is very difficult to see this as the crime of ‘one’ perpetrator.
Even better...Spanier wrote his Ph. D. thesis on wife swapping.
“Penn State is a community of good and strong people of all faiths and creeds.”
News to me. Covering up for a child rapist for YEARS, cultish hero worship culminating in rioting over a man-god’s firing puts the lie to your claim.
In a generation, maybe.
For now, Penn State is toxic. Between the lawsuits, the loss of revenue and difficulty attracting top talent, (sports and elsewhere) State has a long recovery ahead.
You also better pray that "Michel (Hockey Stick) Mann" and "Penn State" don't appear together in too many news stories.
So, what do my kids do with all their Penn State logo gear?
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, Penn, goo-ood bye!
Of course, Penn could offer some courses taught by NAMBLA and even masters and doctorates in
pedophilia boy rape. That would cover at least some of their losses.
I suspect that a majority of the posters here, even the most sanctimonious ones, have at one time or another belonged to an organization or institution in which a tiny minority of members sought to cover up some awful offense. The immoral or unethical behavior of a tiny minority cannot serve as a reflection upon an entire community of good people.
Spanier. If all of this stuff is OK, he surely wouldn’t ming a bit of boy-rape.
Good luck with that...even Rush Limbaugh on air admitted he didn't dare use the word 'homosexual' in connection with this 'scandal'...
A tiny minority?
Just to be clear - YOUR community engaged in civil disturbances because their cult leader got canned for covering up child abuse. Not because kids were harmed but because "Joe Pa" (sheesh how you PSU folks never found that creepy is beyond me) looked the other way to protect his buddy.
Celebrate diversity...that's what got us in this mess in the first place...
The people posting to this forum will be long dead before that happens...
Yes, let’s be clear. How many people actually turned over that truck? Let’s be generous and say 100. How many students on the various PSU campuses? Let’s be conservative and say 50,000. Now do the math.
Have you ever lived in a city where people rioted? Any friends or family? Would any of you like to share the blame for it?
Only if they plan on dying in the next couple of years.
Most people, when faced with the discovery that they live in a city where folks see fit to tear the place apart over a child rapist protector getting fired, tend to move away. Fast. As a rule of thumb I try to avoid living in communities that engage in cult hero worship. If one has young sons, that would have been good foresight no?
Am willing to bet that your “tiny minority” of rioters will be VASTLY bigger in numbers than any sort of damage control rallies that take place in its aftermath. Perhaps PSU should start distributing “walking around” money to boost attendance?
One would laugh if this news wasn’t so sickening:
Penn Alumni are now raising defense funds for the rapist as well as organizing a rally for him. You PSU folks are a disgrace!
Christ it gets worse:
“Nebraska fans warned of possible violence against them”
Remind me to stay far way from that Valley of yours. Sickos.
After some effectively break the egg of political correctness in blogs and in other venues the Left does not control, the guts will spill out. Rush needs to help out on this like he did when it was totally politically incorrect to mention liberal racism and discrimination against white men.
Firing McQueary would be a good first step. He walked in on a man raping a 10 year-old boy and walked out. He was attending fundraisers with the man he knew as a child rapist within a month. I wonder what ran through his mind each time he witnessed Sandusky at school charity functions and such with young boys in tow. Same for Paterno and everyone else involved. Sick, sick, sick.
You couldn’t be more wrong. Unless, I suppose, you’ve moved away from every community you’ve ever lived in which there was crime, bigotry, social unrest, etc., in search of utopia. Hell, by your logic, you need to move away from the United States, a place marked over the years by various episodes of crime, bigotry, social unrest, etc.
Go Penn State!