Was Penn State Penalized Enough? 4

  • Sixty million dollars – equivalent to one year’s revenue from the football program
  • No bowl games for four years – football program once again slammed
  • Reducing football scholarships from 25 per year to 15 per year
  • Probation for five years
  • All football wins from 1998 to 2011 vacated

These are the fines and sanctions levied against Pennsylvania State University as announced this morning by Mark Emmert, President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

In a Sports Illustrated article, the writer says that Emmert overstepped his authority. It seems to me that if the NCAA doesn’t have the authority to punish an institution, who does? Do you leave it up to the students, faculty, or administration? Do you leave it up to the state legislature?

I am trying to decide in my mind if Penn State was punished enough. How do you get a young man’s life back after being abused by a famous man at a powerful university? Nobody wants to listen to you because there is so much money at stake in a football program like Penn State’s. There were at least ten of these young men who were inflicted with Jerry Sandusky’s attention multiple times.

Joe Paterno, famous and respected  head coach, knew about it. The university president knew about it. How many others in the university administration knew about it?

Many people don’t like the idea that the current students at the university will bear the brunt of the penalties. So what? Should not the students in former years have taken some of the shame when these crimes should have been reported?

I think it is a case of compounding guilt, similar to compound interest for money. The longer the crime goes unreported, the greater the guilt should grow. No, the students, today don’t deserve what they are getting. But they have alternatives.

The press has not gotten wind of another scandal that reveals the culture of corruption that Penn State has become. The famous Climate Gate email scandal in 2009 implicated Michael Mann, a Penn State climate studies professor in acts of academic malfeasance. This was an international scandal, and academics all  over the world were seen as scientists who had trashed the principles of science, and had published studies based on bad science, bad mathematics, and just plain lies.

Mann’s name was at the center of this scandal, and Penn State chose to investigate one of its own. There was no sign that anyone among the investigators was from anywhere other than Penn State,  and most of the outside scientists interviewed were friends of Dr Mann.  None of the complainants were interviewed. This is like having a trial without a prosecutor, jury, or judge. Penn State whitewashed the whole affair,

Dr Mann’s whitewash is just another cover up by Penn State’s president, Graham Spanier, who was ultimately responsible for the Sandusky cover up. How many other cover ups have been perpetrated by Penn State and its administration?

What do you think?

4 comments

  1. I believe the penalties were just, but it is a shame that the students are paying for it also. As a parent, I would be pulling my kid out and my funding from that school.

    The administration allowed these young boys to be scarred for life. And no amount of punishment will ever bring back their innocence.

    Breaks my heart.

  2. Leticia, I just saw an interview with some Penn State students, and they are crushed. I am sorry for that. On the other hand, if these crimes would have been outed a decade ago, Penn State would be a fine place to be, and there would be no current problems with the football program. Now, a lot of people have to suffer. After all, when you penalize an institution, it’s the people of that institution that have to pay.

  3. It seems that even with investigations criminals still walk. It is almost like the banking crisis where almost nobody involved was convicted. In case after case the guilty walk free. Thanks, Jim.

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