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Barry D. Miller, West Fargo, Published September 06 2012

Letter: NDSU turns blind eye to illegality

Does North Dakota State University have a Joe Paterno problem where the coach overlooks possible illegal activity just to help the football team win games?

While the Paterno incident is far more egregious, nonetheless, like Paterno, coach Craig Bohl, athletic director Gene Taylor, President Dean Bresciani and NDSU seem to be turning a blind eye to illegal activity of those they are in charge of just to pad the statistics of the NDSU Bison football team. NDSU’s reaction to the illegal activity appears to say that as an institution, NDSU will accept illegal activity within their ranks and that they will decide which illegal activity they will publicly scorn and which illegal activity we will accept.

Bohl, Taylor, Bresciani and NDSU must do the right thing and suspend these players immediately or come up with a better excuse than they did in their news conference to justify the double standard.

This latest incident puts a black eye on NDSU and the state of North Dakota. Why do eight get to be on the team until their day in court when one was let go before his day in court? Where is the leadership and transparency Bresciani said he would show as leader of NDSU? Once again, it appears that winning a football game trumps honesty, integrity, ethics and morals.

It’s a sad comment that NDSU is making by allowing these players to continue playing. It shows they care nothing about the rule of law.