The NCAA brought the hammer down on Penn State yesterday. The school’s football program, and potentially the school itself will look like a shell of its former self as it begins the tough task of rebuilding brick by brick. The set of pentalties issued by the NCAA against the school for their apathy in the face of years of child molestation at the hands of one of their own, is the first of its kind.
Facing fines of $60 million dollars,as reported by NBC Sports, Penn State and Coach Bill O’Brien must now face a football season fully aware that they will be sitting out the post season for the next four years. Their scholarships are capped 20 below the normal limit and the Big Ten says they won’t be sharing any revenue with them during the length of the ban. This could cost the school roughly an additional $13 million dollars. It could also be costly when it comes to their current players and recruits for 2013 – as they are now eligible to transfer without penalties to other schools. According to the New York Times, the rush to grab those with commitments to the Nittany Lion is ON.
Additionally, 112 of the school’s previous wins have been vacated, removing Joe Paterno from his top spot in the NCAA record book.
For the current students, players and alumni of what was once a prestigious University, this is devastating. What did THEY do? As an outsider, I wasn’t surprised. Their hands are being slapped for the egregious mistakes of the adults in authority who knew better – who should have protected children and didn’t.
And Paterno’s family? Well, they had something to say about it. Though the Freeh report points to evidence that Paterno was aware of the accusations against Sandusky for years and did nothing about it, they apparently question its validity and are disappointed the NCAA leveled sanctions based upon it and that the University accepted them.
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