West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck spent part of Thursday as many across the country: reading the Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case as it relates to Penn State.
From this viewpoint, education administrators who haven't or won't check it out are derelict in their duties. This is a serious matter that demands serious attention.
Luck, for one, is paying attention.
"Within any institution or organization you have to create a culture of honesty and openness, doing the right thing," Luck said. "What struck me was the janitors being fearful of reporting for fear of losing their jobs. ... You have to have an open, honest culture."
Among other things, the report shined a light on the Clery Act. It claimed Penn State president Graham Spanier and vice-president Gary Schultz "should have ensured that the university was compliant with the Clery Act with regard to this incident." It went on to explain the Clery Act requires the school to collect crime statistics on university property and report crime to police. There is also "whistleblower" protection for those who report the crimes.
Let's hope this tragedy at least spurs administrators to educate or refresh the knowledge of the act and the protection therein.
While Luck was on the line, he was asked about a myriad of topics. Among the responses:
"It won't be advertising. We'll just be creating a little color. It should be done by the season."
Luck acknowledged his vision is for a Ring of Honor.