NCAA Penn State Scandal Aftermath

The NCAA Division 1 board of directors have announced the punishment that will happen to Penn State University following the actions that took place under Coach Joe Paterno concerning the actions of Jerry Sandusky.

Penn State will be fined for 60 Million Dollars (roughly 1 years revenue provided by the football team) as well as 10 initial and 20 total scholarships over the next four years they would have been able to offer potential new recruits.

To go along with the fines and scholarship reduction, Penn State is also banned from any and all bowl games for the next four years beginning in the 2012/2013 season.  There were also actions taken against Joe Paterno himself in that his all time leading wins record has now been reduced.  Joe Paterno stood at 409 total career victories and the NCAA has taken it upon themselves to remove all wins dating back to the 1998 season to 2011 dropping him to now 12th place all time with 298 victories.
Penn State University will also be put on a 5 year full athletic probation period of which they will be monitored closely by the NCAA for any and all athletic decisions following the acts of Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno as well as the Penn State Athletics Board of Directors.

Although the actions of Penn State, Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno were utterly appalling, as a journalist, I feel taking such action against the school, it’s students and Joe Paterno as a whole was a bit unjust.   There were reports of Joe Paterno attempting to notify the proper authorities including the Athletic Directors of Penn State as well as the State College Police force.  Any and all actions Coach Paterno made seemed to be swept under the rug to prevent any further annoyance.  If anyone is truly at fault other than Jerry Sandusky himself (whose serving punishment for his crimes in state prison) it is the Penn State Board of Directors themselves.  They knew that this was going on and should have done everything in their power to prevent this tradegy.   If actions needs to be taken (I believe it should) it should be against the Board, not one man.

But hey, I’m Luch and I know nothing.


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