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Penn State Players Loyal to a Fault

First, let me commend the football players at Penn State for vowing not to renege on their commitment and staying with the university.  They maintained that not one person built Penn State, and not one person is going to tear it down.

You have to respect those young men for wanting to finish what they started.  I know I sure as hell do.

That said, I’ve got some advice for those young men: get out, and get the hell out NOW.

Here’s the deal, those young men will not play in a bowl game at least this season (four-year bowl ban).  That means the incoming freshman will not only not get to participate in a bowl, they won’t even get to play in the Big Ten championship game during their four-year run.

Again, I admire and respect the hell out of those young men for their commitment to Penn State.  But fellas, c’mon ya’ll!  Get out while the getting is good…

NCAA Is Headed Down a Slippery Slope

The NCAA is expected to make a ruling on Penn State at a press conference tomorrow morning at 9 AM.  NCAA president Mark Emmert made the announcement earlier today that he will announce penalties levied against Penn State in relation to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation crimes – and the school’s unwillingness to do anything to stop it.

Now while I agree that a statement must be made for other schools to take notice of what happens when they value football over the safety of children (and anyone else for that matter), I think the NCAA is headed down a slippery slope.

First of all, Emmert is asserting his authority without the enforcement process that takes weeks and sometimes months.  He is doing it without any notice of allegations.  There has not been a Committee on Infractions hearing, which gives schools the chance to respond to allegations from the NCAA.

In short, he is turning into college sports equivalent of Roger Goodell.

The NCAA is so by the book.  It’s hard to believe to see someone, let alone its president, go outside of the box like that.

The NCAA has also opened itself up for criticism from colleges, fans, and the media.  How would it be taken seriously when it investigates other athletic programs?  It would risk itself being branded as inconsistent in its future investigations at best.

Is this the beginning of the NCAA acting in cases where the primary issue does not center around athletics?  Would the NCAA act in the same manner pertaining to sexual harassment cases?

I am not saying the NCAA is beyond reproach in handling violations and its perpetrators.  If anything, the NCAA are in most cases lacking in that regard.  But at least I could say the process it takes along the way has been consistently bad.

Again, I am not against Emmert and the NCAA using Penn State to send other schools a message.  I just think it will make us wonder even more of makes the NCAA tick – even if it would be a more painful endeavor.

JoePa’s Statue Had to Go

Penn State’s president decided to remove Joe Paterno’s statue early this morning.  I’ve got one thing to say to this gentleman.

“Bravo”.

Good for the president in making the right, albeit courageous decision.  And congrats to the Board of Trustees in backing him.

Simply put, Penn State had to remove that statue because it has become a lightning rod of so much controversy.  After all, Paterno enabled a child predator in Jerry Sandusky for so long.  Paterno is lucky that he is not alive to face charges of perjury and witness the backlash to his legacy.

As they say, it takes one act of stupidity to erase many acts of good.

Of course, this is not the end for Penn State.  You better believe there will be civil suits coming in the form of tens – if not hundreds – of millions of dollars.  The state of Pennsylvania may consider pulling its funding from Penn State.  And there is the matter of the NCAA coming down with “unprecedented penalties”.

One more thing: in watching the reaction of the students and alums, it is downright sad to see otherwise intelligent people be so (plucking) delusional.  If that’s not proof as to why the statue had to come down, I don’t know what is…

Joe Paterno Statue Poll

Penn State Board Made the Right – and Tough – Call on Paterno

Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired yesterday by the school’s Board of Trustees.  The Board also fired its  president Graham Spanier.

While the Spanier decision was an easy one to make (the way he bungled the sex abuse allegations against a former assistant coach was sickening), the Paterno decision had to be tough.  I mean, we are talking about a coaching legend in a small college town who was revered.  And judging from the reaction of those college kids, the Board knew that firing Paterno would not be a popular decision.

However, the reaction from the students justified why firing Paterno was the right decision.  The last thing the university needed was Paterno coaching the last home game of his career in front of 100,000 screaming, adoring fans.  It would have been a glorified pep rally for Paterno, despite of what he didn’t do to help that rape victim.  Speaking of the victims, how would they have felt seeing that?

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Paterno did not any thing wrong LEGALLY, but did so MORALLY.  Why Paterno never confronted that pedophile over the allegation was beyond me.

Paterno seems to be a really good old dude who made a terrible decision, and must suffer the consequences.

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