Penn State graduate Phil Davis 'sad' over Jerry Sandusky child abuse sex scandal

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Penn State graduate Phil Davis knows a thing or two about the Nittany Lions.

That's because the UFC light heavyweight racked up a 116-17 record during his collegiate wrestling career, capped off by an NCAA Division I title in 2008.

Oh, and he also delivered fruits and veggies to former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Not surprisingly, Davis hasn't felt very "wonderful" in the wake of his alma mater's sex abuse scandal, which made national headlines following a grand jury report that indicted former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of child sexual abuse.

Davis shares his feelings with MMA Weekly (after the jump):

"At the end of the day it’s just sad for the children involved and I hate to see Joe Pa (Joe Paterno) removed because of this, he’s had such a long career and to have someone like him, ultimately, I suspect he’s going to be remembered for the way he left, under these circumstances and that’s really not fair. I think he did what he could. In jobs, we have protocol, and I think he followed protocol. Whether he agreed with decisions that were made, especially in a university job, you really don’t have control over what goes on. If you’re in a law enforcement position and your superior says let so and so go, you’ve got to follow your protocol. You can’t just go ‘this is the law and I want to play this the way I want to play it.’ I feel sorry because justice was not done. Was it at the hands of Joe Paterno? No. Some of the other parties involved, I know them, and they’ve always been good to me, and it’s a shame that they were involved in whatever their involvement was. I feel bad for that situation, but whatever happens kind of happens. I would hate for Joe Paterno to be remembered in such a bad way."

Paterno, who is not expected to face criminal charges for his role in the Sandusky scandal, was fired by the Penn State board of trustees for failing to go above and beyond the call of duty.

The winningest coach in college football history reported the wrongdoing to his superiors, but failed to alert police and took no action when Sandusky was seen on campus following his initial removal.

In short, Penn State is a mess, both from an athletics perspective and from a moral perspective. Heads have started to roll as the University tries desperately to right the ship.

Anyone out there agree with Davis? Or did Penn State finally do the right thing?

Thoughts?

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