On-Field Annihilation for Off-Field Crimes? Why Penn State Football Should Not Receive the “Death Penalty”

Another blog post from a reader that highlights the same thoughts I have on the death penalty.

The Crossing Route

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.

The outrage over these crimes is understandable; in a post Thursday, I advocated the removal of Paterno’s statue from Penn State’s campus (http://globalchillingsports.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/remove-the-statue-why-joe-paterno-is-no-hero/). While it’s difficult to determine the proper punishment for these awful, sickening crimes, I know what isn’t the correct course of action; the so-called “death penalty” of the NCAA (for those unfamiliar with the term, the “death penalty” refers to the forced cessation of a collegiate sport for at least one season, as well as lost scholarships and…

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