Stating The Obvious
Some are calling it absolutely necessary while some say it is too harsh. No matter what your view is, when it is all said and done, numerous victims will never forget the affliction suffered thanks to one man who will hopefully rot away in a dark cell somewhere far, far away. All that can truly help these victims and a university move forward, recover and hopefully heal, will be time and a lot of prayer.
Anyone who follows the world of sports knows by now, that the NCAA dropped what the S.A. Express News considered a “hammer” on Penn State University Monday morning. After years of sexually abusing young boys, Jerry Sandusky’s arrest was just the beginning of things to come for a University which was once thought to be one of the best in the country. Now, it is known as one who will forever be known as one who allowed these horrendous acts to occur.
The NCAA came out first and fined the University $60 million dollars, which equals to a year’s gross from the football program. This money will be donated to an abused children’s home. (Wonderful)
Next, Penn State will have to vacate 112 wins that date back to 1998 which will remove Joe Paterno from the winningest college coach in the history of football, down to # 12.
The Nittany Lions will then be placed on a four year bowl game ban until 2016 and will also lose 10 scholarships for the next four years.
In closing, aside from the suffering and shame this university will feel, all football athletes have the option to transfer immediately and will be eligible to play at a university of their choice which would have to accept them.
The domino affect of respect for this highly touted university has begin to occur in a downward spiral. State Farm announced on press day they are dropping their financial backing of the university. GM is another large corporate sponsor who is considering the same thing.
Are the penalties strident enough, just right or too harsh? Sports writers, columnist, bloggers and sports casters across the country have varied assesments of the issue at hand. I think they are right on the money.
On press night, over 150,000 votes had been cast on ESPN when asked if the sanctions against Penn State were justified. 74% agreed they were justified while 26% stated they were not.
I enjoyed a column in the Austin American Statesman where Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden entered into a discussion. Bohls on one hand felt it was a bit too harsh, while Golden stated it was necessary. Go online and read this commentary if you get a chance.
On ESPN you have diversified opinions, but I wonder how many are scripted and how many are honest heart felt ones?
Joe Paterno was a true legend on the field and was one that almost every athlete in America looked up to. Numerous young boys only wish that he would have given them the same respect once he was aware of the atrocious acts by a man who led his defense.
Paterno is six feet under, but regrettably, the anguish won’t end for the numerous young men.
Pray for Penn State.
God knows they need it.