Bob Mulcahy and the Star Ledger. Write down on paper your first thought when you read this next sentence. Star Ledger writer Mark DiIonno (yes, the same guy who gave Rutgers the black eye over the Navy game) will write a lengthy article praising Bob Mulcahy, extolling his virtues and favorably reviewing his career. My thoughts ran to flying pigs and hell freezing over.
Well it's happened. Mulcahy was honored by a council of the Boy Scouts of America with their award for "Distinguished Citizen of 2009" at the Baltusrol County Club. In attendance? Former Governors Tom Kean, Brendan Byrne, Senator Dick Codey, Greg Schiano, Vivian Stringer and many more. Was this banquet surprising? Not if you knew Bob Mulcahy and what he's done for New Jersey, the Meadowlands, and Rutgers University.
Former Gov. Tom Kean called him one of the most "decent, honest, ethical people I have ever met in my life."
Sen. Dick Codey called him, "the finest man I have met in public service."
Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano said three men had shaped his life. "First, my father, second, Joe Paterno, and third, Bob Mulcahy. (Please don't start with the Schiano to Penn State effluvium again. He's not going.)
So what's shocking? That someone at the Star Ledger recognizes this. Yes, the paper that actually caused Mulcahy's downfall due to their baseless witch hunt, prodded along by a person whose surname begins with the last letter of the alphabet. (No, not Zorro, he had personal honor and integrity). Now the SL did manage to hook links to their shameless "investigative" reporting to the article. Still, it was a decent article nonetheless and a fitting salute to Mulcahy.
So maybe closure is at hand as the article notes. Maybe Bob is ready to move on. If so, Godspeed Bob Mulcahy and thank you for all that you did for Rutgers.
And perhaps, the Star Ledger is ready to move on. Their crack investigative reporters can't ride this non-story any longer. They must search for a new muckraking target. May I suggest one?
Alright, alright Star Ledger lawyers, here's the link. http://blog.nj.com/njv_mark_diionno