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As I read your editorial "Flag on the Plays: The Penn State Scandal Can't Heal for Interference" (Sept. 7) I was reminded of Henry R. Luce's words about the illusory nature of objectivity.

Yet, for some reason, the facts be damned, the anti-Joe Paterno sniping goes on. Let me note that I am a Penn Stater, but these are the facts:

In 16 years as an assistant coach during which time Joe Paterno did much of the recruiting and in the 46 years as head coach, not once was Penn State ever cited by the NCAA for recruiting violations or any other information.

And, as your two esteemed sports columnists, Gene Collier and Ron Cook, have written, in their views, the NCAA had no jurisdiction in what was a criminal matter having nothing to do with how the football program was run.

Then, further compounding the stupidity of the NCAA, acting Penn State President Rodney Erickson, in a fit of childish pique, ordered the Paterno statue removed from outside Beaver Stadium. You stated, "the Penn State scandal can't heal for interference." The chief culprit in interfering was the NCAA, and if the Paterno family's suit against that organization for libel, slander and defamation of character is successful, part of the healing process will have occurred.

ROSS A. MATLACK JR.
Dormont


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