This doesn't necessarily apply to you, but I've noticed more than one person in here who would normally want government to stay out of business and the private sector and let nature take it's course. Then why are we advocating letting Penn State get off free because we're afraid of how it will affect the surrounding private sector businesses?
That seems to me as if it's treating a sympton but not its cause.
Penn State, as an institution (and Happy Valley as a town) has chosen to put football above the welfare of its children. Children!
Football and the cult of personality behind Joe Paterno continues, as seen with present-day administration, alumni, and students, continues to be the primary focus of the university and its people.
Therefore, IMO, the best policy is that football shouldn't exist, in that such a time as it becomes less important to all.
It's the very definition of a university (and town) that's lost its way. That way needs to be righted by whatever means the NCAA has.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
I'm fine with the university continuing to exist. But the football program should be killed.
If a program doesn't get the death penalty for looking the other way when kids were getting molested then good god, what is the point in even having an NCAA?
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
Penn State University trustee Steve Garban, the chairman of the board during the Jerry Sandusky scandal, has stepped down, chairwoman Karen Peetz said Thursday. The investigators of the Freeh report blamed the trustees' culture of secrecy and deference for university leaders to allow the crisis to do more to harm Penn State's reputation than any other event in its 156-year history.
The only way to change the culture away from the "Football *is* Penn State" is to eliminate the program entirely and allow the university to function without it.
24 Years and Counting...
The NCAA saw this with SMU and it is why it (death penalty) hasn't been used since the mid 80s. It affects WAY too many other schools to issue the death penalty. Its disgusting what occured there but A) Paterno is dead and his legacy is crumbling, B) Sandusky won't see the light of freedom the rest of his life, C) The administration has been changed, D) I figure were not done with the changes to the BOT.
And really, you CAN minimize the damage to non-guilty parties by allowing free transfers and granting an extra year of eligibility to everyone who leaves.
24 Years and Counting...
I think the goal here is to show other institutions - be they football, basketball or baseball powers - that wrongdoing and cover-ups will not be tolerated. It's not necessarily to punish Penn State - but it's so someone at State U who learns of something going on that is illegal - either as far as the NCAA is concerned or the criminal justice system - reports that activity and the guilty party pays the consequences. These coaches and administrators should be made to realize that covering up criminal - and rulebook - activity is eventually going to cost them their jobs, their legacies, a lot of money and - quite possibly - their freedom.
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