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Penn State penalty unfair, but the right thing

USA veteran Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 8:12 AM
I had a similar reaction listening to the NCAA statement - all this hand-wringing about how important athletics was to Penn State. Well, guess what - it is like that at all of the large university sports programs, and it will continue to be that way. People love NCAA men's football and basketball, and listening to the disciplinary hearing was like listening to the chair of the social sciences department lamenting that he can't get 100,000 people to cheer about his latest research paper.

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...