At the very beginning of the 2012 edition of the SEC Media Days, it's clear that the ongoing drama, scandal and tragedy of the Penn State debacle is on the mind of everyone. From the outset, then, it's not surprising that SEC commish Mike Slive took to the podium to open the proceedings of this week with thoughts on Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the rest of the news even without mentioning them by name.
Slive alludes to Penn State and says last week's headlines should remind everyone to be vigilant about integrity.— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) July 17, 2012
Slive: "No one person, no matter how popular, no matter how successful, should be allowed to derail the soul of an institution."— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) July 17, 2012
The SEC has its own coaching legends and figures that seem to be as big as the programs they represent. Yet Paterno stands as an example that no man is greater than the integrity that he holds and that no one is immune to the ramifications of a bad decision. From Bobby Petrino's absence at this year's event to the mention of the Penn State scandal, this will continue to be a theme throughout this week.