Sandusky and the Media: Our Take
January 10, 2012
This morning, CNN contributor Sara Ganim reported that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's autobiography "Touched" helped investigators identify his sex abuse victims, and that police may have evidence of hundreds of criminal charges that will not be prosecuted against him. Yesterday, the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Berkeley Media Studies Group issued a major report praising the national media's coverage of the events involving Sandusky for these revelations, but still holding a critical eye to journalists' failure to address more solutions for preventing future crimes from happening.
Futures Without Violence aims to source, identify and share such solutions among our global community of voices against physical and sexual abuse.
Over the last couple of months, the role of coaching has taken on increased significance, and coaches have been put under a microscope. The fundamentals of leading a team to victory have come to mean so much more than diagramming offensive and defensive plays, running drills to ensure goals are scored on the field, and points made on the court. It's become abundantly clear that what happens off-sides requires every bit as much attention and focus as what happens on-sides.
We will delve deeper into the question, "What makes a great coach?' in the coming weeks. Through our Coaching Boys into Men program, we'll turn to our community to help us define what true coaching really is all about. We're now asking you to take part in this discussion on Twitter, Facebook and among each other offline. In light of recent events in the university sport arena, this discussion is needed now more than ever. Join the conversation by continuing it. We look forward to hearing from you.
The old adage, practice makes perfect, now has an entirely new and profound meaning.