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After losing institutional control, Penn State deserved a ban.
The president fired, the coach dead, and the perp in prison. What good would it do to punish the student athletes who were not to blame?
I disagree. The NCAA had no business even getting involved, and even when they did, they broke their own rules on due process. This is a criminal situation, not a sports situation. The criminal and civil courts will be exacting their tons of flesh soon enough. Would the NCAA be involved if a history professor was the convicted party? I think not.
Lets look at the facts, this was not a crime against any student at Penn State. The crime was committed by a retired, assistant coach outside of his normal duties. Don't be too smug Trib, should we shut you down if any of your former employees commits a crime? The fact is that this ruling is political correctness run amok.
As kids we were told "don't take candy from strangers". Access to the Penn State football program was the "candy" Sandusky gave his victims.
Just what did these kids do that justifies the punishment? Nothing! Throw the administration/coaches in jail....The kids didn't do anything!
Penn State would have been at a temporary competitive recruiting disadvantage had the scandal broke in 1998. To avoid that, they covered for a child abuser and let him continue his demented behavior. I'm glad they will now be at a disadvantage for several years.
And I'd like to ask Jay Paterno if his dad ever let him go hang out with Uncle Jerry.
NCAA bylaws call for the death penalty only for repeat offenders. However severe, longstanding and egregious these infactions were, they were only the first offense. The NCAA's own bylaws would now allow for the death penalty, as the NCAA presidents stated this morning.
Agree with the editorial. Symbolically, shutting the program down for a year would have been the best thing to do--as in, YOU, Penn State, messed things up so badly that we don't even want to see you for the next year. (And really, who truly wants to watch Penn State football in the coming year?) Plus, it would've given current players a ready out for skipping to programs elsewhere. Now, the players who do leave Penn State will likely be labeled "turncoats" by Penn State boosters.
I completely disagree. The punishment was plenty harsh. The PSU football program will be reeling for years to come. They have already lost a couple of their top commitments for next season due to the ruling. The objective was punishment, not retribution. That has been done.
All large football programs control the universities. As sickening as it is, Penn State just happened to get caught.
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