Terry Pegula releases a statement on Penn State scandal
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • November 10, 2011 @ 4:36pm
Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, a 1973 graduate of Penn State University, has released a statement today regarding the on-going child sex scandal that’s tarnished the university’s reputation and led to the firing of its legendary head football coach. Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year period.
In Sept. 2010, Pegula committed to donating $88 million to “fund a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena and help to establish an NCAA Division I men’s hockey program” at Penn State. Judging from his quotes below, it appears that Pegula will not renege on his plan, even if the university will have a new president and, in all probability, a brand-new athletic director.
Here are Pegula’s comments, courtesy of a Buffalo Sabres press release.
— “The events that are unfolding at Penn State University are deeply troubling and a matter of great concern to me and my wife Kim. As many have expressed, our primary concern is for the individuals and families who may have been victimized.”
— “Penn State’s reputation has been severely tarnished. We are encouraged to see the University trustees have begun the process of restoring integrity and trust in the institution. This process will take a period of time and trust will need to be re-earned as a result of these recent disclosures.”
— “Penn State is supported by millions of students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators. Our own support for Penn State and its hockey program is well known and will continue. We expect the University will carry out its educational mission with high standards and integrity.”