Okay -- I admit: I have a hard time wrapping by brain around this entire situation. Anyone got insights?
I have issues with the sanctions only because I'm tired of programs that get punished hurt people that had nothing to do with whatever it was that happened and those that are at fault are not punished. However, it's also too easy then for programs to ignore things and claim innocence.
Do not attempt rewrite history. The exception would be that if they are able to positively prove that cheating was occurring on the field of play that could affect the outcome of a game. Otherwise, leave the records as they are. Taking away wins, championships, etc is stupid and not only bad for the team being punished, but bad for the teams that played against them. They are pretending like those games didn't happen. Just leave it alone.
Punish the programs financially. That's usually what gets the top brass in the biggest shit fit. You take their money. And instead of preventing them from current/future championships, remove appropriate personnel/players and have a reduction of scholarships. That way, existing players can still play for championships. Imagine if someone at school or your work murdered someone and the school/company tried to hide it and as a result, every student/employee was sent to jail. Stupid right?
But,, it is not the players program. And, one could argue that Paterno did nothing in an attempt to save/grow the program. This was not only Paterno,, so the entire system in place needed suffer the repercussions.
I fail to see this decision to sue the NCAA as a positive..
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
A shark of an Attorney General was elected in PA, Kathleen Kane, who is a Democrat. Gov Corbett is a Republican. Corbett was AG previously & for 3 years stagnated any investigation into the PSU scandal. He also sat on the PSU board of trustees, a bit of a conflict of interest. It wasn't until Corbett became Governor the investigation & case went forward under his successor.
It's all political, a derailment of the investigation so the new AG (and Democrat) will look bad in Pennsylvanians eyes for 1. Not aggressively pursuing the NCAA & helping out Penn St, and 2. Spending unknown amounts of time researching stuff from 3-5 years ago.
It's a ploy, and this Governors a one term Governor for sure. He may even be found guilty of crimes.
I think they got away easy! S.M.U. was given the death penalty for players getting paid. P.S.U. failed to protect kids from being raped and if the stories are correct, the top brass knew about it. I guess the NCAA believes that players getting paid is worse than children getting raped!
Andy Durazo wrote: I think they got away easy! S.M.U. was given the death penalty for players getting paid. P.S.U. failed to protect kids from being raped and if the stories are correct, the top brass knew about it. I guess the NCAA believes that players getting paid is worse than children getting raped!
The difference -- In SMU's case, the restrictions punished the team for stuff the team did. In PSU's case, the team got punished for what some admins didn't do (and of course, for what one sicko did). I don't have any problem with these admins (including the head coach) being punished, but the team & it's players did nothing wrong, and yet they are the ones being punished.