jtomasik wrote: Penn State football isn't the problem here. It's the staff.
Press criminal charges to the ones who deserve it. Clean house from anyone who was involved. Go after school policy and the administration who polices it...clean it up.
It's stupid to remove the program. It was dumb at SMU. There's way too much money that sport brings in, which the college uses in many, many ways. Leverage that money to do some good.
I dont disagree with you necessarily.
If giving SMU the death penalty was a mistake back then, then this is a prime example of when "past precedence" is not enough of excuse to hand out a equal punishment. Im also not in favor of knee-jerk reactions. Im aware of my flaws from my earlier logic.
But to say that Penn State football isnt part of the problem is misleading. It's the football culture that is almost as guilty as Sandusky. I can agree with you in saying that everyone who was involved be removed and blackballed. But I believe that all that will accomplish is that the next time around, the enablers will do a better job of not getting caught enabling.
The culture of football in that region is the root issue here. That culture needs to have its cage rattled. Firings wont do that IMO. By putting the economics of football more important than the severity of this issue, we are once again re-enforcing the insane notion that football is more important than real life.
And lets not forget, PSU committed much worse "sins" than SMU did. Far worse. "Past precedence" or not. The penalty to the University needs to be stiff.
Im not set in my ways on this debate. I dont know what the proper direction to go is. Im just here for some healthy discussion on the matter. JT, make a convincing enough argument and I'll easily see things your way.
Maybe I'm a lil bent over the fact that at one time in this process, I stuck up for the University and Paterno because at the time and based on the evidence, it seemed to me like they were being punished even though they never actually hurt anyone. Well, as this story unfolded it later became crystal-clear that they were all accomplices in these acts of horror so I had to change my opinion on them.
The more this story gets uncovered, the worse it gets that is for sure. And now that the enablers are being looked into by authorities, expect even more shitty news to be uncovered.
Who would have thought it would end so ugly for JoePa? 10 years ago you would have been crazy to think it come to this. Wild.