The NCAA had to issue sanctions against Penn State University due to the elaborate cover-up of the heinous crimes committed by former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.
Joe Paterno and other highly ranked institution members looked the other way for almost a decade, and allowed a child predator to run rampant throughout the football facilities.
The NCAA had a right to impose these sanctions because the cover-up and inaction created a competitive advantage on the football field. Choosing to keep quiet, allowed Penn State Football to recruit the top players in the country and amass victory after victory. The football culture superseded the welfare of innocent young children.
I truly understand that going forward players, coaches, and fans of Penn State will face the brunt of this punishment and they had nothing to do with these crimes. However, these individuals have the choice to transfer to any school without penalty. Something had to be done.
This latest effort, by the Paterno Family, is an uninspiring attempt to clear Joe Pa's name. Do we really think if this "independent" investigation found any incriminating evidence against Paterno, it would have been published in this latest report?
Paterno could have done more. He simply chose not to.
The NCAA cannot allow institutions to display this type of negligence. This university deserved the death penalty. Penn State University is very fortunate that a football program still exists.
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