# Penn State, Power and Football | On Point

Penn State, Power and Football

2012 July 13
by Vickie Chachere

USF Sociology Chair Robert Benford had a thought-provoking comment in Insider Higher Ed’s coverage of the Penn State Scandal. The story looked specifically at why so many powerful people would lose their sense of perspective in the face of serious allegations. Benford said:

“They know that these folks have enormous power, and they can rally the power elite in that community or that state to send them packing,” said Robert Benford, chair of the sociology department at the University of South Florida. “At the end of the day, athletics and academics are oil and water. They just don’t go together. And we are constantly running into these kinds of issues. Few people have, I think, the courage or the power to try to take it on.”

Read the full story at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/07/13/freeh-report-faults-penn-state-athletics-culture#ixzz20VaE92vs
Inside Higher Ed

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