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    Penn State penalties (Reader Poll)

    Penn State penalties (Reader Poll)

    The NCAA has imposed the following penalties on Penn State, via WaPo:

    Penn State was socked with a four-year postseason ban, the loss of 40 scholarships over four years and a $60 million fine stemming from its coverup in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

    In addition, all victories from 1998-2011 have been vacated, a huge blow to the coaching legacy of Joe Paterno, now formerly the winningest coach in college football history.

    NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the penalties, saying that “one of the dangers in our love of sports is that sports themselves can become too big to fail, too big to challenge.”

    The $60 million fine, which amounts fo one year’s gross revenue from the football program, will be used to endow a fund for victims of abuse and to prevent future abuse, Emmert said. Athletes will be free to transfer and retain immediate eligibility, prompting the possibility of a mass exodus.

    What do you think?

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    WarEagle82 | July 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I get everything except vacating the wins. Mind you I don’t feel strongly about it but it does seem a bit strange to pretend the coach and team didn’t win those 112 games over a decade after the fact.

    Do the “losing” teams now get to re-write their records for those years? How much football history does this “make-believe” alternate reality re-write?

    I would have been happy if the penalties were tougher but this one sanction just seems strange to me…

      AndyN in reply to WarEagle82. | July 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

      A commenter on another blog pointed out that the opponent in at least one of those games (Ohio St I think) was sanctioned at some point in the past and already had to retroactively pretend that game never happened. Strange indeed.

    WarEagle82 | July 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    BTW, I have always jokingly begged for more college football coverage on this web site. This is not exactly what I was hoping for…

    kobayashi | July 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

    My initial reaction to the Penn State reaction was borderline “Not Enough”.

    Friday morning and then again with the Penn State announcement.

    Focus, but I can find myself distracted from the future of both this country and as well Israel [the Bulgaria Hezbollah attack]

    Six months ago there was one extreme Penn State attack that the football program was ….and a less extreme report on “The Sandusky Cone”.

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