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Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Penn State decided to honor the 2012 football team alongside many of the other best squads in the program’s history with some special recognition inside Beaver Stadium. Prior to Saturday’s season finale against Wisconsin, “2012″ was unveiled as the latest edition to the strip below the luxury boxes at Beaver Stadium. Only teams that have gone undefeated or won national or conference championships get a spot on the facade, but an exception was made for the 2012 team. Penn State was punished by the NCAA prior to the season for its role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and all the players in the program had the option to transfer schools. Many of them stayed and, despite starting the season 0-2, they battled to finish 8-4. “There have been some great teams in this program’s history — the 1982 and 1986 National Championship teams, the 1994 undefeated team — on the field,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “But no team has gone through more than this team. That’s why this senior class will go down as one of the greatest in Penn State history.” It’s understandable why Penn State was looking to give special recognition to this team for its perseverance, but I still disagree with their decision to honor anything that has to do with the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Nothing about it should be celebrated, not even the way the current team responded. Photo via Penn State/Twitter H/T Game On!

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12 Comments:
  • Good job Penn State!!! Punishment by the NCAA should be limited to the school officials not the students and players.
  • I completely agree. This team should be recognized for even showing up! The NCAA, which has gotten many things wrong before this, got this one completely wrong. They punished kids coming into the program who had absolutely nothing to do with Sandusky's actions, and that was dead-ass wrong!
  • One of the few times, when the kids have it RIGHT, and not the Adults! Kudos to Coach Bill O'Brien for making a season for those young MEN!You've given them a valuable lesson in LIFE! There are Educated IDIOTS out there,and Don't let them STOP YA!
  • This is a matter that has been handled completely wrong.
    The NCAA had no reason to step in and punish the football team. It was a matter of one person committing a crime and a few others trying to cover it up. None of the football team was involve and should not have been punished in any way.
    Also the fine that was given to the school is enough to make a lot of people upset. Sixty million dollars to go to charities. Isn't Penn State a state run school, then who is paying the fine, of course the Tax Payer is.
    The NCAA is corrupt and should have stayed out of it.
  • I think the Universities need to take a stand against the NCAA. I mean what they did to Penn State is down right INSANE. Punish the kids..wtf? If the NCAA really wanted to do something, they could make the Board of trustees resign! Since they were the ones in charge. But to strip past accomplishments and to do all the other things they did to the program is really WRONG.
  • WHY was the college and players fined for any amount. as far as I can see none of them should be fined except the guilty ones....those students didn't have anything to do with what happened. YES they should be honored for showing up. YOU and I would not have been that brave....I don't even watch football, but I can tell right from wrong....
  • I'm not sure what it is the kids "Got Right"! They played football for a school that bragged of its moral superiority (incessantly), while it corrupted its ideals for the fame and fortune of a successfull football program!

    The school should have cancelled the unplayed games last year, and all of this season, and started fresh next year. This story was never about football! It was about how a major university can twist itself out of shape over the fame and fortune of having a winning football program! They didn't keep the program going for the players' benefit! (Good players would have no trouble playing elsewhere, and the others were wasting their time, as far as anything productive for their lives anyway!) The U kept playing to try to recoup some of the money that a few PSU backers, and fans, disgusted by the actions of PSU, had taken away. The university learned nothing, except that when your backers withdraw money, you gotta scramble to get it back. The players just played for a "football factory" school. Nothing at all new, or remarkable here!
  • "A football factory", I hope all "football factories" graduate as many student athletes as PSU. With real degrees, an offensive lineman that graduated with a degree in mathematics in only three years. Get your head out of your anal cavity and do just a little research before commenting.
  • Penn State deserves every accolade it earns. It is unnecessary, cruel and unusual punishment to criminalize an entire University for the actions of a pervert and those who were aware of crimes but chose to keep their mouths’ shut. Good job, Penn State football---keep doing what you do, how you do.
  • FUQU NCAA
  • Dont forget one thing. Punishing the innocent to control the guilty is a purely a Communistic tactic. We are becoming communists and dont even realize it.
  • Penn State is still in denial and probably always will be. They should honor someone in the math or science dept which is why the school is there in the first place but they have to continue to slobber all over the all important football program.
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