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?

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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Ed Varn September 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
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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