The President of Penn State? The Board of Directors? The athletic director? Sandusky? The ghost of Joe Paterno?
No, the NCAA reacted to Sandusky’s horrifying crimes dating back to 1998 by levying a $60 million fine against today’s Penn State: the current teachers, the current students, the current athletes, the current community.
Let’s see … stripping scholarships, taking away bowl games and a $60 million fine for “educational purposes” to be paid by the students of a public university to a national sporting organization with no financial accountability.
Doesn’t that make sense?
In an act of extraordinary courage, the beneficiaries of today’s college football monopoly, i.e. coaches and athletic directors making million-dollar salaries (including the new coach of Penn State), rushed forward to praise the NCAA decision and thoughfully discuss the need for “better priorities.”
Some of these heroes even agreed to a voluntary salary cap to show their new-found sincerity. (In related news, hell froze over).
The decision from the NCAA was handed down with out any hearing or opportunity for due process. Unlike the defendants in the Nuremberg trials in 1945, the culpability of today’s Penn State students was clear!
Of course, the NCAA itself had no role in creating the culture that accepted the Sandusky crimes: a culture that subordinates other scholastic sports to the football team, even if it’s no good. See Maryland, University of.
I mean, the NCAA would never accept a football program being above the law! (Unless it was Ohio State, Auburn, “the U,” Southern Cal, maybe a couple others …)
Going forward, we stand safe in the knowledge that the NCAA stands ready to act, but only when public outrage requires it to do so. And only in the most arbitrary fashion.
For what it’s worth, Penn State plays UVa on September 8th. Go Cavs.