Why did it take so long to surface?
And now it is Ohio State University that will have to explain away why the school did nothing about Dr. Richard Strauss who may have sexually abused as many as 177 student-athletes during his time as physician overseeing Ohio State’s sports programs from 1979 through 1997. Strauss committed suicide at the age of 67 in 2005. Apparently Ohio State University officials were aware of rumors swirling around Strauss during that time and did nothing. An apology has finally come from the Ohio State University President Michael Drake who said, “We are so sorry that this has happened.” Drake added that there was “consistent institutional failure” and Ohio State “fell short of its responsibility to its students and that’s regrettable and inexcusable.” It was kept quiet just like the Larry Nasser sexual assault of USA gymnasts, just like Jerry Sandusky’s predatory behavior at Penn State. It seems the schools and sports governing bodies were quite content to either play totally stupid or turn the other way because if the alleged crimes made it beyond the doctor’s office, the sports money gravy train might be derailed. Although nothing really impacted the money train at Penn State or at Nasser’s Michigan State employer other than paying off victims. The schools are still getting millions upon millions of dollars from TV, from marketing partners, from alumni, from people buying luxury boxes and club seats and from people who want to see games.
Stories from Ohio State victims began appearing in media reports last year. Strauss was let go by the university following a student complaint in 1996. Apparently, Ohio State thought by firing Strauss but allowing him to retain his tenured faculty position that would end the problem. More than two decades later, Ohio State has a problem. Just where is the NCAA? Seemingly nowhere as always. It is not an NCAA concern.