NCAA RUINS ATHLETES CAREERS, LIVES WITH MASSIVE PUNISHMENT AGAINST PENN STATE
July 23 2011
University Park, PA – Everyone knew it was coming, punishment against Penn State, but few could have predicted how harsh it would be. The NCAA has finally stepped up and issued a series of punishments against the shamed school and once legendary football program in response to the many illicit and criminal activities that took place there.
Amongst other things, the school will be fined $60 million, will be left out of the Bowl championships for four years, will have all wins from the last 13 years stripped, and will have its scholarships reduced all in an effort to punish a dead man and another who is prison for the rest of his life.
Recognizing that the punishments really impact the students more than anyone else, the NCAA will allow football players to transfer to other schools effective immediately, provided any other schools want players from the molesting schools. The NCAA made it clear that the moves are designed to change the culture at the school and presumably release them from any and all criticism levied had they been a little more lenient and sensible about punishment.
“It's important to separate this from a traditional enforcement case. This is an unprecedented, painful chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert upon handing down the punishment.
Emmert also said that the organization declined to issue the ‘death penalty’ against the school by suspending the football program for a season for reasons that made some sense to him.
Despite the scandal, Penn State still remains one of the elite and most popular college football programs in the country.
“This is certainly a harsh punishment but one has to wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to also shut down the program entirely, perhaps even take away all the scholarships maybe even academic ones. I mean clearly the school needs to be punished and the best way to do that is to punish the kids trying to make it in the world which they have so clearly done,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “All these athletes are now going to have their futures compromised. True, most of them would never have made it to the NFL and will end up selling used cars anyway but they should have the shot, one would think, at actually making something of their lives. Of course Penn State has already ruined so many children’s lives there really isn’t a point to stopping now.”
It’s believed that Jerry Sandusky doesn’t care about what happened. Joe Paterno, being dead, also likely doesn’t care all that much.
“Look, the school is going to field a team but these players are not going to get to go into the national spotlight. It’s bad enough that they have to play for the rape school but also being put in a spot where they don’t have a chance at a real career, well, that’s a little harsh,” continued Marvins. “Of course you could argue that players have supported the school, and the school supported sex abuse so athletes supported sex abuse and that actually makes it all alright. No harm done then I guess. Clean hands now.”
The NCAA likely won’t be punished for enabling the program that eventually led to the sex abuse which is lucky for them
Alexi Orton, Sports Correspondent