The NCAA has announced its penalties against Penn State. The goal was to reflect the magnitude of the “terrible acts” and allow Penn State to re-establish a proper football culture at the University. The penalties are severe, but reflect the Confidential’s twin desires that (a) something be done to address abuse generally; and (b) avoid the death penalty.
The following sanctions were handed down (for the NCAA’s explanation–see link):
- $60,000,000 fine, with the funds used to support an endowment for child abuse victims. 1 year’s gross revenue of the football program.
- Bowl ban for 4 years
- 10 less scholarships per year for four years. Maximum of 65 scholarship players on team for four years, beginning in 2014-2015.
- Current players may transfer
- Vacated all wins from 1998 to 2011.
- Athletic department–5 years probation, with an athletic integrity monitor.
The Confidential believes that the NCAA’s punishments are strong, but appropriate. As evidenced by the comments by Penn State fans, they just do not “get” how backwards the culture is there (or at least WAS). This should serve to restore the proper balance between football and school.