Indianapolis; Yahoo News – The NCAA took unprecedented actions against Penn State on Monday in response to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual molestation scandal, fining the school $60 million, cutting scholarships for four years, and imposing a four-year postseason ban and vacating all wins from 1998-2011.
Vacating the wins means the late Joe Paterno no longer is the winningest major college football coach in history.
The actions, according to Yahoo News, were unprecedented both for their severity and how they unfolded. The normal NCAA enforcement process did not take place. Instead, NCAA president Mark Emmert gained approval from the board of directors for the penalties. The board is made up of 22 college presidents and chancellors.
Edward J. Ray, NCAA executive committee chairman and president of Oregon State, said “Not only does the NCAA have the authority to act in this case, we also have the responsibility. He cited the Sandusky criminal investigation and the recently released Freeh Commission report as reasons for the NCAA actions. He noted that Penn State commissioned the Freeh report and agreed with the findings.
I agree that no price or any action can cure the damage inflicted by Sandusky on his victims. However, the severity of punishment toward Penn State cause me to wonder who is on trial here. The imposition of a $60 million fine is appropriate, and the declaration of what those monies will be used for is appropriate as well. Imposing a four-year post season ban on all wins is proper as well. No argument there. However, vacating all wins from 1998 through 2011 is, in my opinion over-kill.
Now, I know, there are those who would advocate eliminating Penn State from all future competition in college football. But, I disagree. The idea that it is proper to impose such a penalty on team members who gave their all, and take that credit away from them is unfair. To tell a hard-working player of a major college team that all he did, all the wins he was a part of, are no longer recognized because of the stupid, irresponsible actions of other people, coaches as well as members of the college administration just seems out-of-order.
I am not going to try to justify the actions of Joe Paterno. Sure he should have taken the matter further. He should have stepped up to the Administration and said “Look! if you clowns don’t do something here to get the ball rolling, then I will.” He did not. And later before he died, he said he wished he had.
Now the University will pay. Hopefully this will serve notice to all University officials in the Big 10 and elsewhere that when something like this is going on they have an obligation and responsibility to act, and report it to the proper authorities. However, even now, former as well as current Penn State officials are reacting to the survival mode. It’s a CYA situation, dot the “I’s”, and make sure you are in no way connected to this scandal. Let the heads roll, and chips fall where they may, as long as it ain’t mine.
That’s the sad thing about this mess. The people who should be held responsible at Penn State are getting away while others including former team members, who had absolutely nothing to do with this sordid sick affair, suffer at the hands of NCAA. That, in itself, is a sad commentary.
That’s my point of view. As usual, I look forward to your insight as well, until then…..Have a great day and as usual………..God Bless America!