JoseR21, on 23 July 2012 - 10:42 AM, said:
Well according to what the punishment is, none of the players are really being hurt, they're free to go as they please and play immediately. The one truly hurt is Penn State University.
As stated before, that's simply ignorance. They will go from being starters to probably backups who won't get much playing time. What's this say for players that want to play in the NFL? It says that they can see their stock fall big time. What's this say for guys who play football but attend the school for academic purposes?
You can easily separate the football program from the school and individuals involved. Yes, the program makes up much of what Penn State stands for - but you can say that for nearly every NCAA sanctioned school with a football program. When you say that they are the same thing, you are (maybe not intentionally) blaming the fans for making the school this way.
So the question is what do you do to punish the school and individuals involved but not the football program, it's tough, but there are ways.
- Fine the school some big money for allowing these massively large issues of integrity to get through the vines in the hiring process, no matter how long ago these hiring were.
- Put a ban on these individuals from working with any NCAA sanctioned programs which include all sports.
I know maybe it seems like I'm trying to defend Paterno and the people involved, but I'm not. Simply just trying to defend the legacy of Penn State in general. The school is so important to the history of the NCAA and now you are going to stand a chance to destroy the football program for an extremely long time.
The NCAA crumbled under the pressure of the general public. How is that fair? Do you see judges basing decisions in criminal matters on the pressure of the public? Not typically, and rarely ever. So why is the NCAA doing so? As a sanctioning body as large as they are, one would believe that they would hold themselves to a high standard. I believe that these sanctions on Penn State were more to appease the general public because they wanted to gain even more fan support, rather than to look at what is fair with the situation. Maybe that is seen as a little close minded to say, but is it really?