The NCAA came out with a laundry list of sanctions today against Penn State for the role of 4 administrators, including coach Joe Paterno, in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The penalties include a $60 million fine, a 4 year bowl ban, 20 fewer scholarships per year for 4 years and the elinination of all wins from 1998 through 2011, dropping Joe Paterno from the winningest Division 1 coach of all time to 12th with 298.
The penalties come in a case that has no NCAA violations involved. Although the NCAA "lack of institutional control" was cited by NCAA president Mark Emmert, that penalty is always used to cite multiple violations of NCAA rules over a period of years...and there were none in this case.
Most experts agree the NCAA acted because it felt it had to do something. But the fact is, it stepped beyond its boundaries and acted in a criminal case, something it has never done before.
I can't think of anyone who is not appalled by what went on at Penn State...but the NCAA is treading on dangerous grounds when it dreams up extreme penalties for violations that are not related to NCAA governance.
It will be a long road back for Penn State. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the school's fan base and alumni to what transpired today.
Posted at 10:57am on July 23, 2012 by Big Don Voltz
You know Don, I see a lot the removal of the statue and all the sanctions, etc., as more emotional reaction as opposed to well thought-out constructive pragmatism. I think five years down the road they may realize that they went over the top.
A parallel analogy would be Richard Nixon. Now unlike JoePA, Nixon was able to live long enough to reinvent and redefine himself, where as Joe Paterno, having already died naturally, is being posthumously crucified. But the American people have not removed Nixon's picture from the presidential gallery, and we haven't "vacated" any of the legislation that he signed into law. So a few years down the road, the present emotions may well mellow out and hopefully the memory of Joe Paterno will be based on all the things he did right rather than the blunder he made in the case of Sandusky, who betrayed Joe as much as he betrayed Penn State and those children and their families.
I should also add that even if Joe had done everything his accusers said he should have done, the same people probably would have dismissed him as a senile old fool, much as the British did with Winston Churchill when he warned the world about Stalin.
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