Posted by: coastcontact | July 23, 2012

Senseless Penalty of Penn State

At the outset let me say that I left Pennsylvania at the age of 10.  I rarely watch any football games.  The penalties against Penn State will not effect me one tiny bit. 

 The NCAA “erased 14 years of victories, wiping out 111 of Paterno’s wins and stripping him of his standing as the most successful coach in the history of big-time college football.” This was part of an Associated Press report today.

It makes no sense.  I am not defending the behavior of Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno or anyone else at Penn State.  I am defending the players on the Penn State football squad.  There is no evidence that Few of those players were involved or even knew about the child abuse.  Those players were on football fields and they won the games fairly.  No one disputes this fact.  The $60 million fines are debatable.  The four-year ban from postseason play will send a message to all universities.  Removing the success records of the 111 wins is a penalty against the players not the school.

Unfortunately the NCAA wants to show that it has the power to manage the behavior of everyone associated with amateur sports.  If only the NCAA was as concerned about on field football injuries.


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