The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 11/10/11 at 03:40 PM ET
Just over a year after Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula and his wife Kim donated $88 million to help the university build an ice arena and establish men’s and women’s hockey programs, the Buffalo media is looking for a reaction from the Sabres owner on the child rape scandal that is currently engulfing his alma mater.
To be honest, the expectation for Pegula to come out with definitive or substantial comments (other than, like everyone else, shock and condemnation) so soon after this all became public knowledge isn’t realistic. If he does happen to speak today, great. But let’s be clear about this - folks are interested in much more than the inevitable bland and cliché-filled reaction that we’d expect in this situation.
People want to know if Pegula is going to pull his rug of money out from under the school’s hockey program.
Notwithstanding the horrific grand jury testimony and information that as of now is publicly known about this historic moral failure by Penn State officials, a withdrawal of financial support for the university’s hockey program by Pegula would be a big surprise.
Consider the purpose of the grant in the first place. During the press conference announcing the gift, Pegula hinted that he hoped Penn State would find the next Sidney Crosby. The triple-billionaire wants to help children and young adults reach their ultimate potential.
How paradoxical would it be to shelve the project and shatter so many of those dreams, especially after the future of way too many kids has already been marred by the vile acts of a predator?
What good would come out of depriving the hockey program, especially considering how much more valuable it will become in light of the likelihood that football, even after removal of the negligent parties by the board of trustees, is going to take a major hit?
If Pegula believes that he needs to take a serious look at the worthiness of his donation, it can’t be a decision that he will arrive at lightly. There is still way too much that is still unknown. Did anyone in the hockey department withhold any information? Allegedly, who are the lowlifes that share the same sickness as Jerry Sandusky? With the shock of this newly unfolded scandal still present, there is no intelligent reason to make a story out of Pegula’s silence this soon.
But when the Sabres owner is ready to talk, it’s a good bet that his words will afford the benefactors of the enhanced hockey program at Penn State a big sigh of relief.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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