Last Thursday's Freeh Report confirmed sickening allegations that Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials helped conceal the horrendous crimes of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Despite knowing the charges of sexual assault against Sandusky in 1998, head coach Joe Paterno, PSU President Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley allowed him to continue bringing boys to Penn State after his 1999 retirement.
I remember reading, watching all the info I could this past year (thanks to ESPN’s “30 for 30″) on SMU’s death penalty situation. With a program to actually pay their student-athletes, that led to the football team rising to the top of the college ranks.
Obviously in college sports, paying the athletes is against the rules. Plus, SMU did this in hopes of taking their program to the top. That’s what happened. And when they got caught, the rightful punishment was the death penalty.
But with Penn State, the cry for a death penalty doesn’t make sense. At least the way I see it, it’s two totally different situations. What happened at SMU was done to gain an advantage on the football field. So the proper punishment was to take away football. But what happened at Penn State had nothing to do with what went on the football field, so why should we take away that?
Wishful thinking? Maybe. But it’s not out of the question. Because of Nike’s takeover of the NFL uniforms, there were a lot of rules and regulations that had to be put in place for teams to submit throwback uniforms.
The reason why the 1994 throwbacks won’t be used this season is because the 49ers did not submit it to the league in time. In fact, the earliest they would be able to use it (if they choose to do so) would be next year. But I don’t think the team has any plans to bring them back.
Unless the team decides to hold a fan vote, there might be a chance that the vote might convince the team to bring it back. Or maybe for nostalgia’s sake, they do it for the 20th anniversary.