I strongly disagree with the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State football

The $60 million fine Penn State will pay is supposed to go to “an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims.” That sounds unassailable—except why is the NCAA setting up such an endowment? Shouldn’t this be part of the settlement the university will surely have to reach with Sandusky’s victims? I’m not sure what the NCAA is doing in preempting that process. It makes more sense for a judge overseeing all this litigation to approve one global resolution, after the parties have hammered it out. I’m all for setting aside money for prevention along with compensation. But I don’t see why the governing body of college sports should butt in to the judicial system here.

via The NCAA’s sanctimonious sanctions against Penn State football.

Don’t get me wrong – I am completely against sexual predators, but Joe Paterno is dead. His statue has been removed.

Sandusky is going to go to jail for a very short time – he’ll die there, and soon I would guess.

But the fine is not against those who committed the crimes, but against an institution that is predominantly innocent. Further, the wins invalidated today not only remove the record of JoePa but the team players who did nothing wrong. There are a lot of programs that could use that money instead.

Frankly, I find a lot of college football appalling… but this is nuts. This is the same mentality that allowed Sandusky to commit his crimes – “Don’t worry, we’ll handle this internally.”

We tend to think justice comes down to money and retribution. It is not. This is not justice, but people trying to make themselves feel good.

Lovely.

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8 Replies to “I strongly disagree with the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State football”

  1. I’d rather see the $60 million spent on the victims of sexual abuse than on university sports (especially an obscure sport that’s played hardly anywhere else in the world).

      1. True! Now it makes more sense to me why Penn St. fired JoePa right away… they knew all along that he knew. Just too bad the self-policing didn’t happen sooner.

  2. I have had similar thoughts about these sanctions. Very unfair to the vast majority of innocents they effect. On the other hand, you wouldn’t want there to be no penalty at all either. I have struggled to come up with a disciplinary action that would be suitable.

  3. Joe Paterno and the other individuals involved in the cover-up sacrificed the innocence of countless little boys in order to prop up a winning legacy. Neither Paterno nor Penn State is entitled to a record achieved while children were being raped and top-ranking officials actively concealed it. Paterno made the choice to sacrifice not only his own future, but that of his team(s) when he failed to exhibit the basic humanity required to put an end to Sandusky’s systematic reign of terror. If people are going to be angry with anyone for whatever penalties the uninvolved players may face, be angry at Joe Paterno. This is his fault. He made the choice.

    Now the Paterno family is saying that the NCAA’s fines/penalties “defame the legacy” of Joe Paterno. Ummmmm… Maybe it was the whole hiding child rape thing that did that. For [hecks] sake, people need to keep their eye on the ball here… Seriously, I’m APPALLED at the complete lack of perspective.

  4. I agree with Joel I think. The penalty should be directed against the guilty as much as possible. It seems this broad stroke hurts far too many innocent who are not even closely related to the problem. This is probably more about the NCAA wielding power and feeling good about that.

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