Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/27/12
Penn State's trustees, football team, alumni and fans are not at all happy with the NCAA's tougher-than-tough sanctions against Penn State's football program. How could it have gotten much worse except that the NCAA would  have banned football all together?
 
On Monday the University was slapped with a $60 million fine, a 4-year bowl ban, reduced football scholarships down to 65 and forced to vacate all wins from 1998-2011, which is a whopping 112 wins, which takes Joe Paterno out of the top spot as being college football's coach with the most career wins.


This type of penalty has not been enforced since Southern Methodist University was suspended back in 1987 and then they opted out for the 1988 season. That hurt the program immeasurably and their football program has still not totally rebounded from that. Hopefully this won’t have the same effect on Penn State but only time will tell.
 
As reported by Sports Illustrated on 7/26/2012:
"If the death penalty were to be imposed, I'm quite sure that the executive committee and I ... would not have agreed to just the death penalty. It would have included other penalties as well," Emmert said, as the sanctions were unveiled.
  
Another major issue for The Penn State football program is that the NCAA will allow any player to transfer to play for another school without penalty. If sophomore and freshmen ( or any player for that matter) decide that they want to go elsewhere because of the fact they will not be eligible to ever play in a bowl game, much less play for a national championship, they are free to do so. Other college programs have reported that they are not going to solicit these players but at the end of the day, there is more than one way to skin a cat, if you get my drift.
 
It really is unfortunate that this has to happen (especially to the victims) to the student body and Penn State alumni and it's thousands of fans that had nothing to do with this.Yet they lie in the wake of this ugly and unfortunate event. However, when coaches and football programs think that they are above accountability and scrutiny and that they can  do whatever they please, things can and will get out of control. I am sure that this is a lesson learned by all of the great programs out there; you can never allow your program directors to go un-checked. It is all about checks and balances and keeping an eye on the checkers and balancers.
 
The bottom line is that it happened, the law has been laid and now, as new head coach O'Brien says..."I take this as an opportunity to overcome adversity". It is time to move forward and try as best as you can to leave this disgraceful and unnecessary tragedy behind. As you see by the video above, these guys are not giving up and are fueled with this adversity. Good luck guys....I, for one, will be pulling for you.


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