Posted by: JDM..... | July 23, 2012

Maybe the NCAA should be disbanded….

…and its officials castrated because they didn’t stop Sandusky.…..

The sanctions imposed on Penn State because of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse of children scandal are above and beyond Draconian. I don’t cut Mr. Sandusky any slack whatsoever for his actions, and he has been held accountable in a court of law, as he should have been. The deceased Joe Paterno, the hundreds of young athletes who played top notch football as part of the Nittany Lions team, and the quarter of a million or so students who have studied at an historically excellent university since 1998 have not been accorded the same civilized treatment.

In what can only be described as a Taliban inspired tantrum, the NCAA has taken it upon itself to self-righteously defecate on Joe Paterno’s grave and tear down the edifices of an entire institution, globally splattering their theatrical rage on any and all who can be associated with the existence of Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky perpetrated unspeakable crimes, of which he was convicted. A handful of PSU officials may or may not have responded appropriately. The entire University has been convicted by the NCAA and to some extent by the press.

The actions of the NCAA are unspeakable in their own right, at least in the context of the nation and culture of which the organization is privileged to operate. The consequences do not fit the crime. If a member of one’s family utters a profanity, few would consider it just to cut the tongues from the mouths of his or her siblings, remove the father from his job, and brand the mother’s forehead with some symbol because none of them prevented the offender from spewing potty mouth.

I’m proud to have attended Penn State. I’m proud to have had the privilege of tossing my Freshman “dink” (beanie) in the air at Beaver Stadium when “we” won our first game that season……that was many years ago, it was the last year of “Freshman Hazing”; Rip Engle and his assistant, Joe Paterno, led the team.

The NCAA needs to back up, rethink their edict, and construct an appropriate response to the terrible behavior of an assistant coach at a large school that just happens to have a great history in the sport of football.

This time, the NCAA is dead wrong.

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Responses

  1. I could not agree more with the author. Yet another example of the NCAA punishing those who’re the furthest from blame and covering it’s own ass. Dump the NCAA!

  2. I guess I’m on the fence here. I’ve been reading opinions on both sides. And I do agree that some of the sanctions hurt more than help. Those responsible are no longer with the university, so they are not the ones affected by all of this. But I still think that the elitism that is prevalent in college football programs, not just at PSU, fosters an environment that allows for such things as turning away and “not seeing” things they don’t want to see; all in the name of protecting a sports program. I don’t believe Paterno, or his memory deserves the full brunt of the blame; but he was the man that built that program, he had an enormous amount of pull and say-so. At the very least he could have insisted that Sandusky’s privlages be revoked. He made a choice not to believe his coach could do that. He deserves the responsibility for that. The administrators involved covered things up, ignored disturbing allegations, found nothing wrong with a grown man having naked contact with little boys. I can’t get past that, I feel that law will probably not punish them enough.
    But I also think there are a lot of college sports programs out there with people in charge that will still try and get away with things. College sports are extremely important to so many schools, I get that they bring in a lot of money that helps those schools provide top notch education. I think there are a lot of people willing to ignore henous things to protect all of that, without ever considering the widespread ramifications of their choices.
    Yes, there would have been a scandal if the original reports of Sandusky’s actions had been reported. It would have been all over the news way back then. But the fallout would have been much less and the school and the football program could have walked away from it as those that stopped a monster.
    I think that there needs to be some sort of example for others to know just how much is at risk, how big the fallout is, if they choose the glory of their sports over the welfare of the community.
    But I do agree that I don’t see how losing bowl games for 4 years and losing scholarships helps anyone. And removing Paterno’s win record for those years is like the catholic church annulling a marriage and not thinking about how it will effect the children. Paterno coached the games, but the players on the field won the games. How do you erase their accomplishments. Like i said, im on the fence. On the one hand i feel something had to be done to break that bubble around college sports programs. On the other hand i believe some of these sanctions have done nothing more than create more victims.
    One of the things I read in the Freeh report mentioned The Clay Act, and that some departments can choose to opt out of it. That is a corrective action that should be made immediately. No university or it’s many departments should have the right to opt out of reporting crimes to the local community.
    And couldn’t it be argued that disbanding the NCAA is over the top as well?

  3. Well, goddessofglitter, I don’t think the “responsible” individuals will really give a crap or feel the wrath intended for them. Those who will feel it are “everyone else”. It was a reactionary, politically flavored (“appearances”), theatrical response that is unlikely to result in any palpable “corrective action” or changes that wouldn’t have been achieved with a rational, focused penalty that would impact those responsible and lead to positive changes. I stand by my Taliban analogy…..that group also believes in killing a village because they are pissed off at one person.

    It really does hearken back to the age of disemboweling an “example” in the town square. Over the top. Inappropriate. Unnecessary . Overly broad impact field with little or no thought about splash back and “collateral damage”, as you put it.

    One has to ask how the NCAA response will help. In my opinion, it doesn’t wipe the egg off the face of football………..it encases it in a omelet….

  4. I’m not sure I completely agree with you. It does in some ways feel like a whole hellava lot of people are being punished, but isn’t that the case with “ripple affects”? Paterno preached playing and living with integrity, honor, and honesty; yet he appears to have dropped the ball when it came to the allegations against Sandusky. Not just him, from what I read in the actual Freeh report, many in the administration of the school did nothing, or not enough. It may be cliche, but evil prevails when good men do nothing, keeps going through my head. They didn’t WANT to see it even when it was brought to their attention. How they ever justified in their minds Sandusky having naked physical contact with minor boys in the showers, I will never understand. Paterno had a large amount of pull and influence; for me, it seems at the very least, he could have revoked sandusky’s privileges at the school and in the football facilities.
    I don’t mean to put it all on his shoulders, there are a lot of people there who share the blame for fostering an environment for sandusky’s crimes. But they did nothing and unfortunately the entire PSU community, past and present, are now collateral victims of their inactions.
    Maybe it is draconian and overboard of the NCAA, but maybe the severity of this fall out will be an example and reminder to our society as a whole that sometimes there are more important things than sports, revenues, and glory on the field. And in the end, and this is just my opinion, there is nothing that can be done to that school or community that will ever equal the legacy that Sandusky left his victims. The school will eventually move past this; those men will carry those horrific scars and memories with them to the grave.


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