Penalizing Penn State

The NCAA verdict is in: $60 million fine; no bowl games for four years; a loss of 40 scholarships (ten per year over the next four years); and the school must vacate all wins from 1998–2011.

I didn’t predict the fine or the wins, but I was spot-on with the scholarships and bowl ban.

Personally, I think it’s fair and the $60 million goes to help sexual-abuse victims. Penn State football will be damaged, but that’s the point, no? They’ll be back within eight years. Can the same be said for all of Sandusky’s victims?

Other views:

USA Today: Penn State trustee: School ‘rolled over and played dead’ to NCAA

Sporting News: Penn State sees first recruiting casualty from NCAA penalties

Dan Wetzel: Penn State’s NCAA sanctions worse than ‘death’ because the program will be crippled for years

Gregg Doyel: There’s no fixing horrid past at Penn State, but NCAA’s harsh penalty fits the crimes

Gene Wojciechowski: A new standard of misconduct warranted a new standard of punishment

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