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Penn State Sanction: Cruel and Hypocritical

Finally, some thoughts on the Penn State NCAA sanctions.

To surmise, I don’t have a problem with the NCAA giving Penn State a penalty. What I do have a problem with is the NCAA fining Penn State $600 and then telling their fans they have to fill Beaver Stadium seven Saturdays a year for the next ten years, at the same ticket prices they’ve been paying (and even higher as the years go on).

The NCAA knew the death penalty could obliterate PSU football (and decimate their non-revenue sports). So they decided, let’s keep the program going and force them to play with a lesser team. But even though fans just root for the clothes, they won’t root for these clothes if the product in them is struggling to be on par with Purdue.

Penn State has to do something financially for the victims of sexual abuse and Jerry Sandusky, no question. But you cannot send the program to the doldrums. PSU drew just under 98,000 fans for their game against Illinois, 10,000 under capacity, when the team was 7-1. How many people are going to show up when Bill O’Brien is going 3-9?

The NCAA set a heavy precedent with the USC sanction for the Reggie Bush’s trangression, and by the looks of things, they were trying to double up here. But just giving Penn State the same penalty as USC (2 year bowl ban, 10 scholarships a year over 3 years, for a total of 30 lost) would have been greater, given how much deeper USC’s talent base is and how much more “well adjusted” USC. But we shouldn’t expect the NCAA to understand situational punishment or spirit of the law over letter of the law.

I have asked several people who aren’t college football fans if they think Penn State football should be given the death penalty, and all of them have said no (many of these people work in education). Really, NCAA, if you wanted to give PSU the death penalty, you should just do it. Don’t try to save the money.

4 responses to “Penn State Sanction: Cruel and Hypocritical

  1. Phil Westinghouse August 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I love your thoughts on sports. I think it would be a great idea to VLOG about dating and relationships. Maybe tell your story?!? I’m sure it would help ppl like me. ;)

  2. Eric Epson August 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Your thoughts on the Penn State situation are spot on. I do agree with Phil’s idea as well. I have an awful time dealing with potential love interests… It seems like you have a keen awareness of yourself, and therefore how you handle relationships. I’d be interested in hearing more about your experiences and thoughts on the topics, especially since I’m likely dealing with the same things you are.

  3. Kenny Lasko August 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Can I say yes? I too like the idea of this blog going toward an avenue that can discuss dating.

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