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‘Death Penalty’ Would Be an Act of Mercy for Penn State Football

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Joe Paterno, former head football coach at Penn State, walks onto the field before a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 11, 2010, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

In a PBS interview broadcast Monday night, NCAA president Mark Emmert refused to take “anything off the table” regarding its possible punishment of Penn State University in the wake of the damning Freeh Report. The results of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigation, released last week, concluded that top Penn State officials — including former president Graham Spanier and former head football coach Joe Paterno — “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities” in order to “avoid the consequences of bad publicity.”

So the so-called death penalty for Penn State football is possible. And though that punishment seems particularly severe — and totally unwarranted, according to Penn State supporters — it’s actually an act of mercy. Plus, the consequences could be very productive, both on and off the field.

The death penalty sounds much worse than it is. It’s actually a temporary shutdown of a college football program. In the 1980s, Southern Methodist University’s football team got a one-year sentence and took another year off to regroup because players were being paid from a slush fund. (You can certainly argue that SMU should be lauded, not punished, for allowing revenue-producing players to get a piece of the college-football-revenue pie.) If Penn State sat out, say, this upcoming year, the players could retain their eligibility for next season. So a current senior, for example, would be able to play in 2013. An incoming freshman could still play four years of football at Penn State.

(MORE: ‘Every Day Was a Mistake’: How Should Penn State Deal with Joe Paterno)

The NCAA could give players the option to transfer without having to sit out a year. Some might take this option, but with practices fast approaching this summer, they might not have time to flee Penn State.

So what would be the fallout from a one-year ban? Yes, the university and its athletic department would take a financial hit. But the players, a year older and stronger, might return next season in better shape. And they’d have more time to soak up the college experience, away from the football facilities. Penn State might win more games than they otherwise would have, and the players, hopefully, would be more mature intellectually.

During a year of healing, the university could actually prove that it doesn’t center on football. That it can survive, and even thrive, on its own.

Penn State football, and the entire university, is facing a toxic environment this season. In the wake of the Sandusky verdict and an investigation that pinned the failure to report child sex abuse to authorities, in part, on the “culture of reverence for football,” questions will be following the football team all season: What do you think of how your late coach acted? Will recruits bother coming to State College and dealing with the aftermath? Why are you guys playing?

Why go through with this, when you can temporarily escape the toxic atmosphere and return to a healthier place?

If the NCAA takes the typical route and limits scholarships and postseason play for Penn State, the current football players — innocent in the entire Sandusky scandal — may suffer more than under a death penalty. If you gut the team while still putting one on the field, the on-field experience is entirely compromised. With a sabbatical, the entire operation should be refreshed.

For Penn State football, there are many fates worse than death.

MORE: Penn State Cover-Up: Groupthink in Action

191 comments
BBukley
BBukley

what punishment?the gutless ncaa,gives back everything to penn state,no more barred from bowl games,paternos wins are given back,its like it never happened, the ncaa should be put out of business,penn state should be ashamed forever,instead there back in business,and the children have been forgotten.what a cowardly country this has become...

Brimo309
Brimo309

Yeah so Hitler gassed a few people, what about all the hard working innocent people in Germany. Where was the institutional control ? In Jo Pa.s hand that's where. So the statue comes down as should the 2012 season and a 3 year bowl and television ban. Life is not a Rose Bowl Parade, and because of the tortured lives the University has spawned, it's now time for some HIGHER LEARNING to take place.

Nita Taefi
Nita Taefi

Too many excuses for criminal behavior.  So a football player takes cash under the table.  Or, his grades are somehow enhanced to get a scholorship to play for the college  football program.  These are minor infractions to those who see this behavior as part of the program to enhance the sports program.  But the Joe Paternos and the Sanduskys kept this alive for years and there is no excuse for it.  College sports has become more than sports.  It seems to be the source of those fat checks at the top down to the bottom feeders as well as their egos. 

Nita Taefi
Nita Taefi

When students look for an education, they get more that just that.  They're thrust into the fever of sports as a source of pride and bragadocio(sp).  And the money flows in as a result.  From the top governing bodies down to the lowest in the sports department, they all dismissed what was suspected or known in this case.  But their victims grew up and refused to allow the damages done to them keep them from seeking justice.  It's too bad this entire system of cover-up came this far after all the years it was going on.  The penalty should be severe to serve as a warning to those other who might be tempted to abuse children and those who cover it up.

Steven-Garrick Archibald-McGre
Steven-Garrick Archibald-McGre

Witch hunt.Freeh ,actually lost his job because he could not tell the diference between what is the truth,and what is an out-right lie,and he became a bitter individual when he applied for a job with the CIA and was turned down because of his ethics,..

Pjsplayroom
Pjsplayroom

And the ignorant commits ! All of you should be a shamed ! Penn State did not give Sandusky kids ! Child services and the second mile did ! Fact 1998 the police and DA`s office had victims and had sandusky on tape admitting to the crimes and the Da`s office dropped the charges!!!! Tom Corbett was the Attorney General 1996-97 when all the allegations started and admitted he was good friends with the Sanduskys ! Corbett recieved 641000 dollars from the second mile over the last 15 years 200000 thousand while he was investigating sandusky 2009-10 ! It all on record !! you want the death penalty ? Give to the state agencies and governor the real enablers!!!! Theres your facts!!!!cowards!!!

Pjsplayroom
Pjsplayroom

Maybe we should give this writer the death penalty for being a coward ! Conspiracy yep ! A political one from the Governor to the second mile ,police , judges ,child services ,  Dept of welfare they all knew and gave this monster kids for 17 yrs ! 17 years what a f`ing joke all media people are ! Not one has the balls to tell the truth !

Psufan40
Psufan40

I've been and always will be a PSU fan and yes I'm saddened by what happened and feel horrible for those who were molested. Yes something should have been done in 98 why not ask our Govonor why he didn't do more and why didn't McQuearry who actually witnessed it do more yet they're both getting away with what I feel is worse than what Joe didn't do!!! Death Penalty? Really people that is meant for universities that are already on probation for NCAA violations which PSU has none so let the legal system do it's job and let the NCAA stay out of it. You're talking about kids that were in elementary school when this happened and now you want to take a life long dream away from them because you're a PSU hater and the only punishment good enough for you is the DP. What about all of the businesses the rely soly on those weekends to make a living can they survive a year how about you haters, can you survive a year without a steady income? Think about it!!!

Soulcheese
Soulcheese

I don't understand how a few men(less than 10) can be representative of a penn state culture of hundreds of thousands. They may be in a position of power, but are not representative of penn state. Punish them and punish them hard, but do not punish the masses for the acts of a few.

Cpjohnsonjr
Cpjohnsonjr

The football players shouldn't be punished. Lets play football!!

D_00
D_00

Capitalism is wonderful, but it is a system without morality. In this case, powerful men blinded by money, put that above the welfare of children.

This is a case where capitalism needs to be punished, along with the men who used it as a justification to protect their selfishness. However, men come and go, institutions stay - without a momentary punishment, nothing will really be learned, memories are short.

Give them the "death penalty", the loss of revenue from it will hit home - as nothing else will - as to how great the consequences are for what they did.  Penn State has tens of millions of dollars, they can preserve the scholarships of their athletes, compensate businesses for loss and donate to children charities - and still have millions left over to pay themselves.

Genedrum
Genedrum

There is no logic in imposing penalties on innocent people who had no part in the failings of the leadership including the board of trustees and governor. Those who are guilty of coverup or not doing their job should be punished. The students, football players, fans, and alumni would be victims by being punished for something they did not do. The idea of telling football players they can transfer to another university is stupid. They don't want to go somewhere else orthey would not have picked penn state in the first place. Whether you realize it or not, the victims will receive huge financial judgments and there will be no money to pay them without tapping the football revenue. Governor Corbett slashed the penn state budget several months ago and the victims will find there is virtually no money to pay them. Cash donations will drop suddenly because alumni will not want give freely if the funds are not used for the intended purpose of the donor.

Why does anyone want the NCAA to punish innocent people ? Sanctions can be used just as effectively and thereby make a strong statement. Destroying the football program and others associated with the university is not the common sense anwer.   

uktennfan
uktennfan

I'm a Glasgow Rangers fan and if you want to take a look at a death penalty. Take a look at this:-

               Relegated 3 divisions where the ave att is 650. GRFC is 52000.

               Transfer embargo imposed, starting league with 13 players.

               The team had to be liquidated and set up as Rangers newco.

               

All because the previous owner evaded tax (as well he used his own company to build stadium:- Murray Steel and paid himself a fortune). The subsequent owner was a thief and a fraud who sold future revenue on ticket sales and pocketed the money himself. 

All punishment that has taken place has been directed at Rangers and there fans. While these two continue to live well off.

Spank
Spank

"Groupthink in action".  Boy, isn't that irony?

uktennfan
uktennfan

As a college football fan from the UK. I think there is a bit of over reaction to this, Michael Jackson had accusations of the same thing but everyone thinks he was some sort of musical genius as well as the RC church, do people stop going to church because of the priest scandal that popped up everywhere and where covered up by the Vatican itself.

    Don't get me wrong this is a terrible crime but I don't see why Penn State fans should have to pay for this. I think that most of you are envious of a successful school and are just kicking it while its down. It's just the same as fining these banks where as the people running them should be in jail. People should be held accountable for there decisions not hiding behind organisations. Anyone responsible for this should be fired and thrown in prison.           

Username
Username

The Death Penalty is a non issue in this case.  This scandal had nothing to do with recruiting violations or anything to do with NCAA at all.  It dealt with a college, who's head men covered up sexual abuse.  The courts took care of it.  Nothing to see here.  PSU will live with this forever, that is a death penalty in it's self.

pannich
pannich

Everyone seems so concerned for the townsfolk, the vendors, the players who had no part of this.   Here's what you are missing.  All of those people benefited from the Paterno reputation and power.  They blindly adored and still have unwavering loyalty to the man who we now know was more concerned about win 409 than doing the right thing.  Yes, they will now take a hit.  That's how life works. Blame Paterno and crew for the hardships - they are the leaders who let you down. 

pannich
pannich

I love how people at Penn State are NOW worried about poor innocent people who had nothing to do with this.  Never mind that the blind loyalty and adoration still displayed is what gave those in power the ability cover up their mis-deeds.

Jake Garrett
Jake Garrett

I was abhorred by the things that went on at Penn State , that being said, everyone that screwed up has been canned or arrested. When you use the Death Penalty it isn't just the football program and fans that get screwed. At a place like Penn State football pays for pretty much all the other sports, especially women's sports (exception being basketball) that usually end up losing universities money. So when you give the death penalty you're not really just effecting the football program you are affecting the ability of the University to make money.

A
A

My issue with the death penalty, as other have noted is it will punish the innocent as much or more than those involved.

The local stores, food astablishments, motels ect. Hard working people that rely on those revenues.

The University would be ok, deep pockets, athletes you give another year or the transfer.

But Mr store owner go's under.

The acts are deploreable and all that are guilty should pay, but a broad sweep is not the right thing to do. Focus on those that are culpable.

Grant
Grant

Does Sean Gregory do any research before he writes such a ridiculous post?

It's called the death penalty because it killed SMU football for decades.  Mr. Gregory calls it a sabbatical.  Go watch the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Pony Excess".  There's a reason why the NCAA president fainted immediately after issuing the decision.  There's a reason it's only been handed down to a single football program in the history of NCAA enforcement.  In short, there's a reason it's called the death penalty. 

A year off is a deathblow for a NCAA football program.  All your players, present and future, leave for other schools.  Then you can't recruit because who wants to play for some talentless team?  Not to mention the fact that the Big 10 likely isn't going to be so wild about keeping Penn State around when they have no football team and there are plenty of big football programs without the stained name that they could bring in to replace them.  So now you have a talentless team, playing in a small conference, with a reputation that is lower than dirt.  Does that sound like a recipe for success?

I'm not arguing that Penn State shouldn't get the death penalty.  I would just like us to be clear as to what we're talking about when we discuss whether they should get it.  I personally think they should.  A school built around a football program is exactly the problem.  If the university can't stand without it's football program, it deserves to fall. 

jj
jj

how can turning in a pedophile hurt your image? The Boosters, Alum, and the Public in general would have said Jeez, who would of thought that of Jerry? But Joe did the right thing. Did it the Penn State way. He’d a been a hero. No here’s the reason below.

 

The Daily (http://bit.ly/vwE2vC) reported Monday that Paterno and three fellow investors, including longtime Second Mile board Chairman Robert Poole, secured financing to build a $125 million luxury retirement community around 2002, according to public records.

The publication also reported that Paterno was partnered with the same team of investors in developing a golf resort and nearby restaurant and inn.

Paterno also joined with other current and former Second Mile board members on a bottled water company, a coaching website and a chain of convenience stores.

Pinnacle Development, one-half of the developer team that built The Village at Penn State, included Paterno, Poole, William Schreyer - a Penn State trustee whose daughter is a longtime board member of The Second Mile - and local developer Philip Sieg.

Each partner stood to make an estimated $590,000 in fees and 15 percent annual interest on a $125,000 initial investment if the project was successful enough to get funding for a second phase, according to The Daily. But the project did not flourish, and The Village's nonprofit owner filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday.

 

No Jerry no Second Mile.

 

Sandusky was asked to retire in 99 after the police and child services investigated and dropped the charges. All of the people your buddy mentioned knew what was going on. Also Sandusky had lost his touch as far back as 94. After Bradley was introduced, Joe read off stats that painted the “D” in a bad way. I sure he was worried about football but money drove this.

Dannyward
Dannyward

It has been over a week now since the report, and President Cover-Up is still a Tenured Professor at PSU. The denial continues. Fire the BOT , let the NCAA handle the Football Program.

PSUdisgustsME
PSUdisgustsME

You bring up a good point about a one year ban not being the end of the world for PSU.... and that's exactly why they need to get a multi year band form of the death penalty. PSU needs to be crippled to point where it will take at least 10+ years to recover.

Synsitter
Synsitter

As long as we are contemplating "the death penalty" why limit it to the uninvolved people at Penn State? Members of the police department and some prosecutors in Pennsylvania were apparently aware of the situation. Let's shut down those organizations as well. It is apparently irrelevant to many that the problem was just a few. In our "zeal for justice" lets just give Penn State, PA State Police Department and all PA District attorneys the death penalty. After all we have determined that several people in each of these categories had some knowledge of this situation long ago. I am sure that the innocent State Troopers and prosecutors will be able to "transfer" to jobs elsewhere.

Matt Mitchell
Matt Mitchell

PSU88 - Seriously, don't bring other schools in to this conversation...  I agree with you that the culture at Big time D1 programs is to win..and win..and win...and rules are broken.  However, if you want to include schools like Ohio St in this conversation, then you should certainly support the "death penalty," for Penn State.  Ohio St is serving a one year ban from all postseason play for a FEW PLAYERS selling memorabilia for tattoo's.  THOSE players are gone, yet the current team/coaching staff has to pay the price.  The NCAA cited, "lack of institutional control," because JT knew about it and covered it up.

I can't stand hearing the argument here that their is "no rule," written in the book about this...  What a joke.  The institution will be penalized in civil court, and should be penalized by the NCAA.  

Md
Md

This is idiotic, everyone would leave no doubt. Smu still hasn't recovered. And that's in a metropolitan area, not rural where the community depends on the school, ask all the local business owners if

They believe going bankrupt is merciful...

Gwberg
Gwberg

Just allow the state to hold the guilty accountable.  Why should innocent, future football players, who were never involved, be bathed in sleeze?   Don't make more mistakes.  The football program needs to continue at Penn State, period.

Johnny 5
Johnny 5

Three questions Joe Paterno never bothered to ask Mike M. about victim # 2. What's the boys name? Where's he right now? Do you think he's in danger? Truth is Joe never wanted to know the name, he just wanted to know how to cover his ass. They have a mural downtown with him wearing a blue ribbon they painted recently on his jacket. He doesn't deserve to wear that ribbon that stands for the protection against child sex abuse. I used to want his statue torn down, but what a slap in the face to those kids and that foundation. The whole town seems screwed up.

-PSU Alum '00'

Jmm350z1989
Jmm350z1989

Think for one moment if it was your son getting raped by Sandusky, are we even having this conversation? Death penalty, statue torn down, and thats not even close to what these boys have to go through. Quit being selfish and recognize the pain that this university inflicted on these poor children.

Pennstate1988
Pennstate1988

Two facts:

1) The University you speak of is consistently a TOP TIER institution...not to mention one of the world's top 100 Universities.  (Feel free to check rankings)

2) The football culture is no different from that of Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Texas, USC. etc, etc, etc.  Not to mention most communities with high school teams across the country.

Let's be fair in how we tell the story....

Douglas Dooling
Douglas Dooling

As a Catholic, I cannot support mercy-killing.

Furthermore you claim, "During a year of healing, the university could actually prove that it doesn’t center on football. That it can survive, and even thrive, on its own." There are two things wrong with this assessment. 

First, to whom will Penn State prove it has been rescued. I know you mean the nation, but the problem is that the nation is not even paying attention. Our university has made strides in seeking cures for pediatric cancer and breast cancer, but the loudest the national media has ever reported on these areas is a whimper. If our program took a year off, the media would only discuss the Sandusky Scandal upon our return.

Second, the community cannot survive. Football supplies major revenue to Central Pennsylvania that its loss would negatively impact hundreds of thousands of Keystone State residents. People who weren't affiliated with the university by any means would feel the wrath of the NCAA. 

Andy
Andy

Really good article with a perspective I never thought of.

Pittpantherfn
Pittpantherfn

Let Penn State Play On !!!   take all the revenues from football for te next 2 years and devide it up between all the victims !!!!  Also give sanduskys pention to them as well....   What do the victims get out of this death penalty for either...

Emily
Emily

Thank you for explaining the death penalty! I read several other articles that referred to it without actually explaining it.

Sams
Sams

Don't punish the kids who haven't done anything.   Go after the $$$$ (civil court) from the idiots who are responsible.   This Scandal isn't about a football program, its about one sick man (who happens to be an ex coach) taking advantage of children.  Then four stupid individuals thinking that they were protecting the school.   Calling for the DP doesn't make any sense at all.   

Jj
Jj

First of all the NCAA should not even be involved in this.  This is a legal issue, period the end, no matter what the media ones to say in order to "sell papers".

Jonnyb
Jonnyb

i thought someone was dying. lol 

Patrick Joyce
Patrick Joyce

How could this have gone on for so long ? What happened at psu  was outrageous, and I believe a cover up took place, from the coaches, to the athlectic director all the way  to the board of trustees (trustees what a joke). How could something like this happen in America let alone one of the best educatioal instutions in the world?

How could coach perterno allow a monster to operate on his watch right under his nose? Its unbelievable to me that the psu football programs hasn't already been suspended from this years football season, and then make a final decision as to the furture of the program(s). The decision that will be made,  just doesn't affect the penn state community, but our entire country as well. The horror, trauma and fear,  that these kids went through, will  leave psu scarred forever. They don't deserve to have a football team at this time!

Stillooking
Stillooking

Since this went far beyond footballand even sports in general (school administration), ban all sports fr at least 2 years, cancel all sports scholarships.  Thisis drastic but would undoubtedly stop not only prolems like this but with real penlties involved for breaking the rules would probably elimiate cllege sports cheating.

Bobrx12
Bobrx12

Ohio state fan here.. Our team is suffering because of a few players breaking rules..though not happy I understand that, because rules are rules..BUT NO Football players at Penn State were involved. WHY punish them because of something they knew nothing about.  PUNISH those involved..strip Paterno of his statue  if you must but don't punish innocent players. 

Baner918
Baner918

Do you want to punish the current players whom had nothing to do with this. That is what will happen.  I would have the NCAA say to all of the Penn State players, if you want to transfer, OK no waiting on the sidelines for a year. Transfer now no penalty.  I would tell the Big 10 if you want Penn State out of your conference OK. Kick them out. Make them become an independent.  Jo Pa will be spinning in his grave.  Then I would tell Penn state that, you will loose 10 scholarships this year, say 8 the next, 5 the year after, so on for at least 5 to six years.  After that they may join a conference. As for a death penalty it killed SMU for almost 2 decades.  Remember that a football death penalty  will mess up other sports as well. The school will close. Do you want that to happen to student athletes whom had nothing to do with this.

Donwalters96
Donwalters96

Penn State football should be be given the death penalty after what has happened. That would go a long way towards the healing process for football fans and the boys that were molested by Jerry Sandusky

Oklahoma Sooner Fan
Oklahoma Sooner Fan

It has been argued that the NCAA death penalty has had no effect of college football.

The same crap keeps happening and happening. However, I bet you SMU now runs a squeaky clean program. Any takers? If the molestation had been promulgated by a custodian in the liberal arts building, things might be different. But this sordid mess went all the way to the top.

 

NCAA death penalty for two years, followed by twelve years' probation, with no football scholarships allowed, no bowl games, and no television.  If this were to happen,

wanna bet the Penn State  Board of trustees will make good and sure that the next head football coach, athletic director and university president will have some morals?

Randy Swank
Randy Swank

As they Say, never knew one bad apple ruins the Rest. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Delcieloelsenor
Delcieloelsenor

Yes Penn State should Get The Death Penalty, for all the Wrong they have done.  Death To Penn. State.

Drew
Drew

The death penalty would do absolutely nothing.  What happened was obviously horrible and I pray for the victims every day, but what would the death penalty prove?  The men that were involved in all of this are already getting punished legally and are out of the football program... the death penalty would only be punishing innocent people that had absolutely nothing to do with this.  I don't even see why the death penalty is an option because this did not even affect the football program.  People try to say that if this had come out earlier penn state would not have been able to get any recruits, but look what's happening right now!  We are having one of our best recruiting years in a while, and we have an incoming freshman class this year that is one of the largest in our school's history so don't even use that argument because it's not coherent with reality.  But this article loses all credibility when it says "the university can prove that it's not centered around football. That it can survive, and even thrive, on its own."  Are you kidding me?  Penn State is ranked number ONE among corporate recruiters, has one the largest alumni associations in the world, and is home to THON which raises millions of dollars toward finding a cure for cancer every year... I don't understand why people say Penn State is just a football school because we're one of the best colleges in the country.  Everyone thinks that Penn State students and alumni are all of a sudden horrible people, but this scandal has broken our hearts just as much as it has broken everyone else's.  And just like everyone else, we had nothing to do with it and there is nothing we can do to change it. 

Marti Chapman
Marti Chapman

The death penalty is an absolutely absurd thing for the NCAA to even consider.

First, who get's penalized by giving PSU the death penalty for football? Jerry Sandusky? Nope, he is getting his punishment already. Joe Pa? Already met his maker. The former administrators? They get their day in court?

Giving PSU the death penalty will only hurt people who had no invovlement in the actions of those guilty individuals at PSU. I'm not talking about the football program only.

The revenue from football does much more than just fund football at PSU. The revenue from football pays the way for the entire athletic department at PSU. Why should the women's track team be punished for actions in another sport and another gender? What about the soccer, softball,. swimming and diving, and wrestling teams? They all use money that comes from the football program to fund their sports. If you give PSU the death penalty you cut the revenue that supports these programs as well. They would be forced to limit recruiting of athletes to the school, limit travel to competition and make other cuts, all for something they had no control over, that occurred when most of the people affected weren't even at PSU in the first place.

The death penalty would hurt much more than just the athletic department. It would hurt the school as a group, including students who had nothing to do with what happened. Many students get work study jobs that are related to athletic events on the campus, including football games. Cutting the football program via the death penalty would only hurt those students who use that work study money to support themselves during school. Why should they be penalized for actions that they had nothing to do with and that occurred before most, if not all of them arrived on the PSU campus.

Cutting the PSU football program via the death penalty would not just affect the school. Many businesses in the area are heavily impacted by game day sales. Penalizing PSU via the death penalty would hurt those businesses who had absolutely nothing to do with the scandal. For many business, a substantial chunk of money comes from the game day periods. Getting rid of even 7 or 8 games days during the season would serious hurt them, forcing them to make staff reductions. This also means those companies would pay less in taxes and so would the employees working for them. All of this would hurt the local economy and government.

Finally, the death penalty has a massive impact not just for PSU, but also for every other school that PSU would play.

College football is a big money sport. PSU gets 100K plus into Beaver Stadium for each game. Those games are mostly against Big Ten opponents, but also include games with smaller schools who fund their athletic departments substantially from these money games.

In 2013 (the first possible season of a death penalty) PSU is scheduled to play non-conference games with  Syracuse, Kent St, Virginia, and Eastern Michigan in 2013. Of those games, only Syracuse is not in Beaver Stadium. EMU and Kent St are both programs that play these big money games for paychecks that can be up to 800K per game. That money goes a long way to fund the athletic department at those schools. Killing PSU football with the death penalty hurts those schools who may or may not be able to make up the game with another money opponent. Since I know EMU fairly well, living 25 minutes from there, I will say replacing that game with a home game against a small school opponent would hammer EMU athletics. EMU is lucky to get 20K per game attendance with tickets under 10 bucks each. That's 200K  total revenue compared with 600-8000K from playing at PSU. What about the Big Ten opponents who would have a giant hole in the schedule that they might not be able o fill?

The simple fact is too many people who had nothing to do with PSU's actions get hurt if the NCAA is stupid enough to give PSU the death penalty.

If the NCAA really wants to punish PSU there is a way to do so without hurting as many other individuals who had nothing to do with what happened. PSU could be required to set aside a portion of their ticket revenue from each football ticket sold to pay for a few things 1) money to support the victims of these events 2) money to support work to stop child sexual abuse. Changes like this would allow some benefit to come from a terrible situation.

JOE PA'S SCROTEM
JOE PA'S SCROTEM

jerry sandusky was a great recruiter he gave all recruits a blow job and reach around while joepa wated and beat his meat GO PENIS STATE

Wisconsin Badger Fan
Wisconsin Badger Fan

How can you give the death penalty to the kids on the football team who never had anything to do with this?   Y0u want to penalize those who came here to play football and get an education and never hurt anyone!   Therefore you want to make more victims out of this whole situation, because who cares its only a year for these kids who got a scholarship!!  Anyone who suggests this option should be ashamed of themselves, ncluding the NCAA for leaving this on the table as an option. 

We all feel sorry for the victims of Jerry Sandusky and the adminstration of Penn State who did not act appropriately to help prevent more of the attrocities that happened to the victims.  That is the crime of Jerry Sandusky and the administration who let it happen.  However, it is not the problem of the current athletes who play football there now and the students who support the football team currently.  They have their own lives and it is their time to move forward and enjoy their time as students and athletes.  I laugh at how some people suggested that they can transfer to another school or wait a year.   Are you really serious!!  If they transfer, some other person might not get a scholarship so now that person is a victim of the situation because they might have had a scholarship if not for the transfer.  These athletes and students did nothing wrong other than decided to attend Penn State University.  For that decision you want to punish these student athletes because of an ex-coach and a failed administration.  If you want to shut down football, why wouldn't you shut down the whole instituation instead.  Why stop at football when the college president was just as guilty as other adminstrative members of the faculty or those who knew on the board.  Why give the death penalty to just football, when the whole campus should get it???

The reason is that you would not penalize the whole student body for indiscretions of coaches and faculty members, because that would be an unjust punishment to the entire student body.  If you use the rationale of some that it is only a year, then our next doctors, teachers, and other productive members of our society would just have to wait one year or transfer.  No big deal - right!!!  Of course not because not all credits will tranfer nor can student wait another year to rack up more student loan interest or loans.  The students have done nothing wrong other than make a decision to attend this institution.  This is totally different than SMU where the players participated in the violations by being paid to play.  In this situation they only chose to play football at Penn State, and that is not a crime.

What we need is leadership to understand that current students and athletes at Penn State have the right to a normal college experience - or at least as normal as they can make it with the current circumstances and political environment.  They have the right to have their day in the sun and live out their college experience as any other college student would like to have happen to them.  The NCAA needs to make sure there are no additional victims of this terrible crime, and make sure that these student athetes currenlty attending Penn State have the opportunity to be student athletes and enjoy their college experience free of the cloud that hangs over this institution currently.  The deserve the right to be college students and not victims. 

I hope that fans can cheer for Penn State football this year, not because it is what  I would like to see, but because it is the right thing to do for the students and athletes of Penn State.  I say that even though I am a Wisconsin Badger Fan, the death penalty would be  serious miscarriage of justice. 

May God bring wisdom to those who might act in this case and balance the scales of justice, but please do do not punish those unjustly as some have suggested.  

   

 

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