Did you hear what Tom Starr, President and CEO of the TicketCity Bowl said about Penn State?
For weeks, Starr had been telling anybody who would listen the same thing: If Penn State was available, the Nittany Lions would be more-than-welcomed in Dallas.
The TicketCity Bowl, being in just its second year, didn’t have some of the political issues to consider that the more-established bowls did. It had a chance to take a stand if it could get over the qualms other bowls had with inviting Penn State.
That was the easiest part of the decision, Starr said.
“We had none. We really didn’t. I say that in all honesty,” Starr said. “All we were focused on is that Penn State has a great football legacy and is a proud academic institution. … This may sound corny, and I obviously can’t answer for the other bowls (that passed over Penn State). But sometimes, in life, you have to be the one to do the right thing. It was important for us not to punish the players. I can’t understand why there should be a mass punishment for the act of one man. And it’s not just the players. It’s the alumni. It’s the faculty. It’s the student body. What did they do? We thought, ‘Why would you want to punish all those people for the horrible acts of one person?‘ “
Doing the right thing, in Starr’s mind, also happened to net Dallas one of the most intriguing matchups of the bowl season.
Only two bowls – the BCS Championship Game and the Fiesta Bowl – feature two teams with fewer combined losses than the four between the Nittany Lions and Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl.
Finally! Someone not only “gets” it, but isn’t afraid of pissing off the politically correct pussies by saying it out loud! Amen!