"Groups with guitars are on the way out, Mr. Epstein"
Dick Rowe, A & R man
Before he announced the punishments....he said they were harsh and the intention is to send a message that FOOTBALL does not come before education and the safety of our children...and for that I support every single sanction....football shouldnt be and cant be more important than a schools mission of education.
I just got a text message from a friend, and I have to steal his line for here:
"NCAA where we punish kid ****ers by ****ing kids"
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Drugs are bad, prohibition is worse
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I'm fine with all this as long as they are allowing the current players to transfer without penalty. Seems like a fitting punishment to me.
Some need to get a grip. This is the NCAA which has ZERO criminal prosecution ability. The DA can still file charges and the victims can still sue the University for some of the profit in covering up the rapes. This is nowhere near done. Prison time and heavy civil fines are still in bound.
Loss of bowl money is a heavy fine all by itself.
This is most likely not the beginning of the end to this matter but rather the end of the beginning. Penn State has not begun to feel pain. Those who think to this point has been too much, take some Midol, it ain't gonna get better anytime soon.
Child rape, long time cover-up, athletic program over child welfare... I find the whine over the 'poor athletes' instead of damn Paterno and the University for allowing YEARS of child abuse rather disgusting. You don't think the poor athletes knew what the rumors were????
I was born at night, but not last night!
I'm fine with the penalties, and I especially like the warning to other schools to be wary of "hero worship". This is a big problem at many schools where some coaches enjoy a virtually god-like position on campus.
However, the hypocrisy of these rulings coming from such a corrupt organization like the NCAA is disgusting, too.
Sports has become thugged up, or more so, in the last 10 years. Much of it, maybe all of it, is related to the "win at all costs" attitude and the emphasis on players rather than teams. An old coach once told us that there is no "me" in "team". We're forgetting that as a nation maybe.
The pressure to win at college level is enormous. Penn State is but one example. It is a horrible example, but it isn't alone. In Penn State's case the football program became the university. Joe Paterno became God. Nothing was more important than football, even little kids. It borders evil when the head coach, athletic director, and the president of the university turn a blind eye to child rape. In fact, they enabled it. At Penn State thuggery became pervasive and extended to the very top of the university.
The penalties were appropriate. Hopefully, other universities will do a gut check. Athletes, their coaches and the universities are not special people, they are not immune from the law, their moral missteps are not excusable. Universities have a duty to teach that to its athletes and students. Sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape are not program perks. Those acts are wrong and they are always wrong. All people who commit such acts are wrong. People and institutions who ignore these acts are wrong. The NCAA made that point this morning. Let's hope all institutions of higher learning "get it."