Found July 19, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
There has been a lot of discussion about what the NCAA should do about the tragic situation that happened at Penn State University. Years and years of child sex crimes committed by former football coach Jerry Sandusky and the alleged cover up of those crimes by former head coach Joe Paterno (among others) have rocked an institution once known for nothing but good things. Some people think Penn State should get the "death penalty" from the NCAA, which means the football program would be shut down for a while. Personally, I don't think the death penalty would make things any better. In fact, it would make an already volatile situation worse in my opinion. Let's start with the obvious things. Remember that we're talking about the NCAA here. They aren't used to dealing with child sex crimes. They deal with things such as improper dealings with an agent and recruiting violations. Even when dealing with those things, they take forever to come up with a punishment that fits the crime. Look at how long it took for them to lay the hammer down on USC for the violations committed by former football star Reggie Bush and former basketball standout O.J. Mayo. That was an investigation that took about four years to finally lay a punishment down. How long do you think it would take for them to investigate this tragic mess at Penn State? This situation just isn't what the NCAA deals with. We're talking about FBI stuff here. I think we would be talking about years before the NCAA would be done conducting their investigation on things, especially when you consider all of the lawsuits that will be coming from the fallout of all this. The Penn State situation goes way beyond anything that would be in the NCAA's jurisdiction. With all of that said, we all know the NCAA will eventually conduct their own investigation. So let's say for the sake of argument that the death penalty does come down on Penn State. This wouldn't solve anything because all of the people who had anything to do with this tragic situation should have been removed from the school altogether. Paterno was fired and later died. Sandusky will be prison for the rest of his life. The athletic director, Tim Curely, and president, Graham Spanier, have also been removed from their positions and are awaiting separate trials. I also feel some of the people from the PSU Board of Trustees will get removed as well. It's hard to imagine none of those board members didn't know what was going on with this situation. Here's another reason why the death penalty would not work. There are a lot of student athletes who had absolutely nothing to do with this mess. These same students are doing the right things, excelling in both the classroom and their respective sport. If the death penalty comes down on Penn State, you're punishing all of those students that had absolutely nothing to do with this situation. I don't feel it's right that people who had nothing to do with a crime should get punished just because they're students in that school. To sum everything up, the NCAA has their hands tied with this situation. Any punishment that comes down on Penn State from the NCAA after this point is overkill in my eyes. I believe this university has suffered a lot in the last few months and more suffering is coming. From here on out the Sandusky crimes is what we will associate Penn State with. That in itself is suffering that may not go away for the rest of most of our lives. By Charles Taylor
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