I’m pretty much sure the majority of people that heard about Penn State’s football scandal thought the NCAA wouldn’t do much because of the school being a powerhouse football program. Initially the scandal erupted when it first came out, then coldly died down with very few notifications to the public as far as the happenings of the scandal behind the scenes.
With the passing of the late great Joe Paterno, the sports world thought the NCAA will have some kind of sympathy on the Nittany Lions program. But this was not the case as the NCAA have hammered the Nittany Lions football program on Monday for its role in concealing Jerry Sandusky’s sexual molestation acts. Below are the stiff penalties and unprecedented fines that will hurt the program for many years to come.
They penalty and fines include:
• A $60 million fine, with the money going to an endowment to benefit the welfare of children.
• A four-year ban on postseason play, including the Big Ten championship game, bowls or the playoffs coming in 2014.
• A reduction in the maximum allowance of scholarships offered to incoming players from 25 to 15 a year for the next four years.
• Any entering or returning player is free to transfer without restriction (such as sitting out one season). Others can maintain their scholarship at Penn State and choose not to play.
• The vacating of all victories from 1998-2011, which strips Paterno of his title as the winningest coach in college football history (now Grambling’s Eddie Robinson) and Division I-A (now Bobby Bowden). Paterno, for the record, loses 111 wins and now ranks fifth with 298.
We can all sit here and discuss how unfair some of these fines are, especially to the late Joe Paterno, however the Nittany Lions was built on a program and not solely based on one individual. Therefore this punishment is a result of the program being penalized and anyone with a little bit of common sense will agree. Let’s have a discussion about this spitters and let your voice be heard.