In light of Sandusky case, Tech implements training program for coaches (David Just's blog)

The Texas Tech athletics department implemented a staff training program this spring in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that rocked Penn State.

Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse Friday night.

Tech has taken steps since the scandal broke late last year to prevent such an incident on its campus.

"The Sandusky case probably made every campus take a hard look at themselves to make sure there were procedures and policies in place to make sure children are protected when they're in our hands," said Blayne Beal, Tech's associate athletic director for communications. "They come to us for day camps, overnight camps and a variety of sports and are exposed to a lot of people, and the important thing for us is we don't want this to happen on our campus."

Every Tech coach involved in an athletics camp is required to take a training session in which laws and procedures are outlined.

Coaches are encouraged to remain vigilant, stay in group settings and report suspicious behavior, Beal said.

Several Penn State officials, including football coach Joe Paterno, were fired for not contacting authorities when they heard about Sandusky's abuse. Beal said the expectation at Tech is a coach will make that call to campus or city police immediately.

"That was an issue at Penn State that the autorhorities were not contacted," Beal said. "If you see something you are supposed to make the phone call immediately. ... If we suspect something we are going to make sure we contact the authorities and make sure it's taken care of. No one person should be too powerful when it comes to the law and when it comes to protecting a child."

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Learning from other's mistakes...

is always a good idea. Good job TTU.


Statue of Mike

Got to thinking about the lynch mob taking down Joe Pa's statue and the recent firing of our beloved Coach Leach, why not a statue of Mike. His detractors will soon be gone but the winning-est coach in Tech history will live forever. I went to Tech in the sixty's and only Huffman and Spike come close to the Pirate. All the charges against Mike were orchestrated by UT to clear the way for the phony ESPN TV contract. They could not have sold it with Coach Leach at the helm in little ole Lubbock. People when they say don't mess with Texas they mean it, as in Texas University. Oh and about Joe, I don't think he could even imagine it much less believed it. The other day they released E Mails. But Joe didn't do E Mails. So what do you have. Tk

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