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Acknowledgments I have been fortunate to be associated with Penn State University since the late 1960s, when I took a position in sport history with its top-rated Physical Education Department. After my retirement in 1996, it has remained the highest rated Kinesiology Department in the nation, if not the world. I have seen the Penn State Library become one of the premier libraries in America, and that includes its superior Archives, where a century and a half of materials relating to Penn State and its athletics have been preserved. Following the Jerry Sandusky Scandal revelation, I spent the better part of two years in the Penn State Archives with its staff of first-rate individuals bringing its expertise, service, and boxes upon boxes of material to “my” table to be examined. For the number of archivists who have helped me in my pursuit of Penn State athletic history, I salute you, including the head of Archives, Jackie Esposito. I would also like to thank the many undergraduates and graduate students in my classes who produced some notable term papers and several masters and doctoral dissertations—a number of them cited in this volume specifically looking at how Penn State has administered athletics over a century and a half. A good number of the term papers have been preserved in the Penn State Archives. I have been fortunate to have conducted research in more than eighty university libraries and other archives with material that has contributed to six volumes dealing with athletics in higher education. This book includes data from university and conference archives including Alabama, Cornell, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Kentucky, NCAA Headquarters, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The preponderance of material has come from the Penn State University Archives. During the writing, I have had a number of individuals read and comment on parts of the manuscript. I am indebted to those who made comments for the betterment of the volume. Of the more than fifty individuals who were involved in the process, I want to specially thank Bob Downs, Jackie Esposito, Mary Gage, Betz Hanley, Drew Hyman, Nadine Kofman, Scott Kretchmar, Dan Nathan, Joan Nessler, Paul Silvis, and Dave Zang. Specifically, I greatly appreciated three individuals who read and critiqued the entire manuscript—Jim Anderson, Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State; Michael Bezilla, author of a history of Penn State; and John Swisher, Professor Emeritus of Education at Penn State. I salute one of Smith_text.indd 9 12/7/15 11:11 AM x Acknowledgments the University of Illinois Press readers of the manuscript, Joseph Crawley, former history professor and president of the University of Nevada, Reno, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and author of a history of the NCAA. No one, however, spent more time reading and critiquing the manuscript than my wife of over a half-century, Susan Catherine Bard McFarland Fernald Smith. I had the pleasure in early 2015 of presenting a multi-session course offered through the Penn State–connected Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). I chose six topics based on my research for this book that I felt would be interesting to an audience in Happy Valley. The five dozen participants raised important questions and offered a variety of comments from admirers of Joe Paterno and the athletic program at Penn State to those who questioned the place of athletics in higher education and the negative role of the National Collegiate Athletic Association . It also included several lawyers who spoke out more about the Sandusky Scandal than any of the seven lawyers on the Penn State Board of Trustees who have questioned little. And there were critics, including long-time admirers of the Penn State women’s basketball team, wondering why I even brought up its deposed coach, Rene Portland, in context with her sexual-orientation policies and the athletic administration isolating her legally challenged actions in violation of university, state, and federal law. I acknowledge all of the participants for helping me rethink several issues that are discussed in this book. I recognize that what I have said in these pages will certainly not be the last in the volatile situation surrounding the Jerry Sandusky Scandal at Penn State. Lastly, I want to acknowledge several individuals associated with the University of Illinois Press. Bill Regier, longtime head of the Press, has attended many conferences of the best history of sport society, the North American Society for Sport History. His presence at...



Subject Headings

  • Pennsylvania State University -- Sports.
  • Pennsylvania State University -- Football.
  • Paterno, Joe, 1926-2012.
  • Sandusky, Jerry.
  • Pennsylvania State University -- Sports -- Administration.
  • College sports -- Corrupt practices -- Pennsylvania -- University Park.
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