Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State Will "PAY"

Whether you agree, or not, Penn State is going to "pay" in more ways than one for the decisions that were made by top administrators between 1998 and 2011.

A $60-million fine from the NCAA, the loss of 20 scholarships per year for four years, five years' probation, and a four-year ban on post-season games is serious.

And, you would think, a deterrent to other colleges and universities from similar mistakes and indiscretions.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said, "Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people."

Sadly, I doubt it will be a wake-up call to very many presidents of colleges and universities, their athletic directors and some coaches who believe they are above the standards that everyone else is expected to meet.

When athletic programs bring in millions of dollars, and feed the egos of the coaches and the people that depend on them, it becomes much easier to believe that you can get away with it, or that what you are doing is really justified.

For the rest of the world, this is a reminder that doing the right thing is almost always the right thing to do, and when something still goes terribly wrong, doing the right thing to fix it, is the second best thing to do.

1 comment:

  1. It's evident by your comments here, Larry, that you aren't real well versed in the field of college athletics. This is a somber wake up call to college presidents and athletic directors everywhere, and they've been saying so in the news for the past couple days. College presidents at large D-I schools drove these severe penalties and have given Mark Emmert unprecedented power to intervene in areas where they traditionally do not. I predict that the NCAA will stick to this course and start assessing large penalties to schools in areas that are way outside the area of traditional compliance. Emmert came in on that platform and I fully expect he'll carry it through. As someone who's worked in college athletics for years, I can assure you this is a wake-up call for everyone. The NCAA and college presidents have decided that athletics has lost its way, and they are going to take drastic measures to fix it. No coach or AD at any university will be able to pull off the kind of abuses of power that happened at Penn State anymore. I think you're off the mark here.