People are making the argument that these punishments are too steep, that it does nothing to punish the people that were actually involved.
First of all, the main players that were involved are either dead (Joe Paterno), or in jail (Jerry Sandusky). There isn’t a heck of a lot more that you can do to those guys. Vacating the wins DOES affect one of the major players, since it means that Joe Paterno is no longer the winningest coach in college football history. That affects him greatly.
And whether the principals are affected or not, that’s not the point. The point is the culture that was created at Penn State University.
When you hear the Freeh report, and look at the evidence, it’s clear. This university buried a lot. They buried the fact that children were getting abused on their facilities. They knew it, they knew it for sure, and they buried it. Why? Because they valued their precious football program rather than the lives of children.
Understand that. They valued their football program over the lives of children.
Hitting that program hard was the only thing that the NCAA could do. No, it doesn’t give anything back to the victims and it doesn’t do a lot to the principal players. What it DOES do, is says that a culture where football is more important than people’s lives is unacceptable.
So, why not the “death penalty”? Turn the page.