Re: Penn State / Jerry Sandusky Pt. II
I wouldn't have minded seeing the death penalty enforced but, as others have said, this is really going to mess up their program for at least a decade, maybe even a generation. I may be wrong but I believe that the 100K people who have shown up at Beaver Stadium all these years may decide not to come to the games after all to watch a doormat. They are going to lose 90 scholarships over 5 years. I'd be surprised if they get one blue chip recruit outside Pennsylvania during this time. They are essentially going to be a 1-AA school. As a fan of a 1-AA school I know that they can beat the 1-A schools from time to time but when you are playing 11-12 games against a 1-A school you are going to have problems competing over the long haul. This is much worse than suspending the program for a year or two.
What I worry about is that every player and coach is now going to be subject to sanctions by the NCAA for breaking the law. If a coach has too much to drink and he's pulled over, is he going to be suspended? Same thing goes for a player.