I’m still digesting the NCAA’s decision on the punishments on Penn State. It wasn’t the death penalty, which is what I was hoping for, but it still is very severe.
Here are the sanctions the NCAA imposed on Penn State.
- Fines: $60 million
- 4-year postseason ban
- Wins from 1998-2011 vacated
- 5-year probation
- Total scholarships capped at 65
Some have said that this is worse than the death penalty and in a sense, it is. But at least they are keeping football. But in reality, this will likely hurt any kind of hope for this program to be successful in the future.
Players can transfer immediately but regardless of what happens, so much of this program is now on a respirator now with these punishments. Financially, they will now try to survive with so little and that will affect the entire Penn State community, possibly a jump in tuition. Eliminating scholarships also goes along those lines.
The postseason ban isn’t a surprise either. The goal was to not allow Penn State to have any kind of success in the immediate and the bowl ban makes sense. And with all the other punishments, they wouldn’t be good enough for a bowl anyway.
Vacating the wins (111 total) wipes Paterno’s name from the top of the wins list to 11th overall and this is probably one of the biggest things to try to punish a man after his death. In the record books, we will always be reminded of the incident.
This may not have been the best way to approach this by the NCAA. But their goal was to not issue the death penalty, but rather punish the school so much that it makes a mark — and they succeeded. The school now will try to move on from the scandal with so little resources. The program itself will not field any type of competitiveness as they did before. It’s a slow, bleeding death instead a bullet to the head.
I still don’t like the fact that players and coaches, the entire community, that had nothing to do with the scandal are now affected by this punishment. But the NCAA had to make a decision on how to severely punish the school and I feel that right now, they did right. I don’t agree with some of it, but in order to send a message and to try to move on, these punishments fit the agenda.
I’m saddened by this. I wish this entire mess never happened. But it has and this is part of the step of moving forward. It’s a tough thing to see those who had nothing to do with it get punished. We’ll move on hopefully and heal through all of this.