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Penn State penalty unfair, but the right thing

USA veteran Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 8:04 AM
Two last comments. At most major sports universities, there is somewhat of a tension between the academics and the sports programs, with a minority of the academics just waiting for the sports programs to screw up so they can pounce on them (see the Duke lacrosse case). I wonder if the selling out of the football program and JoePa had some of this background tension behind it. Second thought - don't have the Penn State lawyers be your defense attorneys. They rolled over on this like real wusses.
Bill1895 Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 8:30 AM
Penn State got of lucky with the NCAA: I would have expelled Penn State from the NCAA: who wants to associated with a school that allows its football team to be bait for child rape victims and facilitites o conduct the rape? All the while, the Head Coach sets himself up with another power that crime witnesses feel that he will fire them for talking with the police and a Vice President of Student Affairs was forced out for doing her job?
Joe Paterno was an uncaring thug and bully. He died an old cowering failure.
USA veteran Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 8:49 AM
Read the report. There were failures, but the failures were the administrators, law enforcement and investigators. And they didn't "allow" things to happen in a "give permission" sense - their bungled investigation "allowed" in an incompetence sense.
Bill1895 Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 9:51 AM
They (Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Spanier) also continued to allow Sandusky access to the football facilities,
Paul218 Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 1:08 PM
Even if every person here agreed with every word you said: There's still no justification for punishing the thousands of people who had NOTHING to do with any of this. Jail and fine the guilty; force restitution for the victims; leave the innocent alone. haven't enough innocents been harmed through this atrocity??
Bill1895 Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 8:19 AM
Have you read about Vicky Triponey? Joe Paterno wanted his players exempt from school discipline including an assualt in 2007.
Joe was willing to cover up and threaten whoever got in his way: he was like a mobster in some ways.
USA veteran Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 8:43 AM
Yes. Separate issue, and certainly up for discussion, but has nothing to do with Sandusky. However, JoePa has a record of disciplining his players, and player after player has sung praises about how JoePa helped them to become men of integrity. He stressed academics and discipline to his players, and PSU always was at or near the top in graduation rates.
Bill1895 Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 9:20 AM
He stressed discipline but his standards of discipline were lower than the rest of the student body: read about Vicky Triponey.

Every parent worth his or her salt at one time or another has done what the NCAA did this week when sanctioning Penn State University.

Confronted with the misdeeds of our children, we parents often are forced to act in a manner that quickly and emphatically sends a message: Your actions have consequences, not only for yourself, but also for those whom you selfishly neglected to consider.

The goal is to teach an invaluable life lesson: Innocent people are hurt by your selfish actions. That’s what makes them selfish. That’s what makes them wrong.

This week, the NCAA said as much...