The NCAA weighed in to provide a punishment for Penn State’s cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s abusing children. In the end $60 million, plus $13 million, plus 10 scholarships a year for four years, and no post-season games during that time means very little. For one, the four men at the heart of this crime are gone from Penn State and one of them is gone from this earth.
All of Joe Paterno’s wins from 1998 on were vacated. Big deal. He’s dead. His family is still trying to defend his legacy, whatever is left of it, but do you think this matters to anyone? Bobby Bowden, maybe?
The powers that be at the NCAA realize this, too. They gave any current player the option of transferring without having to sit out the usual year. I don’t think m/any of them will take it, and I think that will surprise a lot of people. The NCAA wouldn’t be so bold (nor stupid) as to give the program the death penalty, for which a lot of people were clamoring. If you read the “repeat offender” rule, it’s clear that Penn State did not qualify, so better to go with something that will stick than screw this up even further.
The money that’s being redistributed to charities – hopefully that will help somehow.
The absence from bowl games actually hurts the bowls themselves. Penn State fans go to bowl games. They travel and they spend money – more than virtually any other schools’ supporters do. I’m sure the likes of the Outback Bowl and cities like Tampa will miss that.
As for PSU fans – they’re not going anywhere. They most likely will have a lot to say to the trustees, but they weren’t supporting the team because of Joe Paterno. In fact, some were doing so in spite of him. They were supporting the team because it represented Penn State. It will be up to Bill O’Brien, and the current players, to show their mettle. It will be up to them to demonstrate what “Success with Honor” really means.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits