The Penn State “Sanctions” came as a mixed bag of good, not good, and plain ridiculous. Please make no misconceptions, I was all for the stiffest penalty that could be given. The Penn State University football program should have received the “death” penalty.
I agree with the $60 million fine, the taking away of scholarships and the four year hiatus from bowl games. But to take away the wins from 1998 to 2011 was totally ridiculous. Let’s take away Pete Rose’s hitting record because he bet on baseball. Let’s take some sacks away from Lawrence Taylor for he is a convicted child molester. The rape of little boys and the cover up had nothing to do with wins and loses.
Let’s face it, the Penn State Football program is a cash cow for the NCAA. A two year “death” penalty would have people not watching their games, no sponsors, the networks don’t want. It was okay for the NCAA to impose the death penalty on SMU in the 1980’s. If SMU received the “death” penalty for their part in cheating, why can’t Penn State receive it for allowing little boys to get raped?
I agree with Penn State removing the Joe Paterno statue. The Paterno family should be mortified of how their father covered up the raping of little boys to protect the all mighty Penn State football program.
If I were in charge the following would have happened:
• Two years without football
• All records stay in tact
• Four Year Hiatus from Bowl Games
• No Football Scholarships for Four Years
• Stiff Fines
The NCAA needs to let all athletic programs beware that sports does not supersede human beings.