Penn State Sanctions - Fair or Not?

PSU hit with four-year postseason ban and $60 million penalty. Are these sanctions fair?

The NCAA levied numerous sanctions against Pennsylvania State University Monday morning, including a ban that will keep its football team from competing in any postseason play for the next four seasons and a $60 million fine.

The NCAA will also strip the program of 112 wins – all but one of which came under Joe Paterno – dating back to 1998. The vacated victories mean that Paterno will no longer hold the title of winningest coach in college football history.

Penn State will also be required to reduce its number of football scholarships from 25 to 15 over the next four seasons. In addition, players currently attending the university will keep their scholarships, regardless of whether or not they continue to play football, NCAA resident Mark Emmert said at a press conference.

Current team members and new recruits will be able to transfer to another university and forego any standard period of ineligibility.

Finally, Emmert said the NCAA would continue to investigate the action of university personnel regarding the handling of Jerry Sandusky, and could issue individual sanctions upon the completion of all criminal cases.

Do you think this is a just punishment for the University's role in the Sandusky scandal?

Vanzetta Evans (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I went to a big sports school, and we used to be Penn State's rivals. I had many friends who were student athletes and I first thought of them when this news broke. Yeah, they're taking away the wins from Paterno, but they're also taking away all the touchdowns and sacks of these kids who had nothing to do with what Sandusky did. Could they keep the students records? And what about them being student-athletes? Yeah, they can transfer to another college immediately, their credits might not transfer and they may have to be in school another year. And if they were a star player, it may be hard for them to find a spot on a school's roster at a time when many of the teams are already in practice.
Athens Mama July 24, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I feel for the players, but everyone involved knew that they were going to take a lot of innocent people down with them when they used a PUBLIC university, PUBLIC funds, a PUBLIC building, and a PUBLIC football program to protect a man with repeated evidence of child molestation. This will set the tone for the rest of the nation. Amen.
Dave Ballard July 25, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I think the penalty should have come with a caveat: all the penalties (other than perhaps Paterno's wins) should be suspended provided the school president, athletic director, and everyone on the Board of Trustees steps down immediately, without further compensation, and without possibility of reinstatement. As it stands, current and near-future Penn State players (who had nothing to do with this tragedy) are suffering the penalty that should have been aimed at the ones who held supervisory positions -- in other words, at the people with the power (and resultant responsibility) to do something about it, but who instead decided their "school image" (and resultant paycheck) was worth more than the lives ruined by this predator.
Bill Palmer July 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Perhaps these "student-athletes" ought to awaken to the fact that they are "students", in college for an education, like the remaining 99.99% who are not there to demonstrate physical prowess.
Ed Varn July 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The "vacating" of wins is meaningless except in a symbolic sense--everyone knows State Pen didn't go winless since 1998. And the football players don't have to transfer--they can stay. In fact, they get to keep their scholarships regardless of whether they play or not, so the issue of credits not transferring isn't a problem either. If the school had been caught paying players, there would still have been sanctions that hurt the kids who weren't paid, so there's always going to be some collateral damage involved. This is what happens when we put people on a pedestal--especially in college athletics. I went to State Pen's Rivals.com website after JoePa's statue was taken down, and the only word I can think of to describe the posts there is "delusional". They were actually comparing it to Christ's crucifixion. I know that site may not represent the majority of their fan base, but still...I'm just sayin'. And for God's sake, someone get the Paterno family a PR specialist. Someone needs to make those folks understand that JoePa's image is the lowest rung on the totem pole in all this mess.
Brian Crawford July 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I'm a college football fan and I've followed Paterno's career since he became a head coach in 1966. Although I'm a Georgia fan, Penn State is one of those teams I've always pulled for (except for that time they pounded us in the 1983 Sugar Bowl) largely because of Joe Pa. Joe became larger than life and in the end that was his, and his schools, undoing. It's important to remember the real victims here, the young boys that Jerry Sandusky molested and had access to only because of his association with Penn State. It's also important to remember that many of those crimes occurred long after Paterno and others had the opportunity to stop them. I think the penalties were fair. They will allow Penn State the opportunity to recalibrate their football program without disbanding it altogether. This should be a lesson to coaches, administrators, alumni and fans of every school that while athletics are an important part of the college experience they should always be kept in the proper perspective.
Elizabeth July 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Brian, I agree with your statement that, "while athletics are an important part of the college experience they should always be kept in the proper perspective"; however, that mind set should begin much earlier than college level. Promotion of athletics programs (and the gate receipts they generate) seem to drive some high schools.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I understand they can stay at Penn State and finish their education, but to be a student athlete, let's say a senior looking forward to your last year on the field, what's there to play for? Yeah, they'll still play games, but they're not playing for anything now. Would a senior give up his dream of playing football a year early or transfer to another school?
Ed Varn July 26, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Brian, for the first time in history, you and I agree on something. Somehow, State Pen fans have got to get past the whining about how they're being mistreated, and how "our poor players are getting shafted", etc. Hey, put on your big boy pants and suck it up. Life isn't always fair. Go out there and win all your games and shut up already. It isn't always about you.
Ed Varn July 26, 2012 at 01:26 AM
And if these poor babies feel like their senior season is for nothing, they should consider we now know that they're lucky to HAVE a senior season. They should crawl to the new Prez there and thank him for the plea bargain. Four year death penalty? Wow. That wouldn've put PSU at the level of Rice in football. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/penn-state-faced-four-years-no-football-had-231629377--ncaaf.html
James McNamara July 27, 2012 at 01:21 AM
The sad thing to me is that the horrible stories that came out in Sandusky's trial could have been at any major football college in the US. Head coaches and athletic directors have been positioned on such high pedestals for so long, that there is an aura of infallibility about them. Take, for instance, the Harrick scandal at UGA. Both Coach Harrick and his son were sent packing, but the Athletic Director, to whom Harrick reported, wore teflon armor and nothing would stick. That is not to say that Vince Dooley had done anything wrong himself, but if he didn't know Harrick Junior was padding the report cards of players, he wasn't doing his job. If Joe Paterno had done his job when Sandusky's actions were first reported, he'd be the winningest coach ever, his star would shine brighter than it ever had, and Jerry Sandusky would already be serving time as a pedophile.
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What on earth does that have to do with Penn State? I'm going to assume you posted on the wrong thread?
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