The NCAA has delivered a number of penalties to Penn State for the University’s management of pedophiles (Link).
- $60,000,000 fine, representing approximately one year of football profits to be used to fund an “endowment for programs preventing child sexual abuse and/or assisting the victims of child sexual abuse”.
- 4-year bowl game ban with a 5 year probationary period.
- Scholarship reduction from 25 to 15 for football athletes lasting four years.
- Paterno loses all games from 1998 thru 2011, the time he covered for Sandusky.
- Any entering, returning football student athlete can transfer and play immediately elsewhere.
Corrective measures including:
Everything in the Freeh Report
- Athletics Integrity Agreement
- Compliance Officer for Athletics
- Compliance Council
- Disclosure Program
- Internal Accountability and Certifications
- External Compliance Review/Certification Process
- Athletics Code of Conduct
- Training and Education
- Appointment of an independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for a five-year period
Comments from the NCAA related that economic ripple effects were taken into account when creating this punitive sentence.
- Isn’t the NCAA a business group for colleges that have banded together to form a more perfect monopoly?
- If the NCAA’s effect on local economies is large enough they feared crashing local economies if they gave Penn State the Death Penalty, is the NCAA too big?
- Instead of earmarking the monies for their social agenda, why doesn’t the NCAA force Penn State to give $60,000,000 in tuition refunds to current students (not just the student athletes – the real live students whose tuition is supporting this operation)?
- If we live in a “Capitalist” economic system, what “right” does the NCAA have to tell student athletes who they may play for and when they may play for them?
- Why can’t these “Athletes” make decisions themselves as far as whom to hone their services with, whenever they want to change jobs?
- How is this not the “Communism” or “Socialism” feared by so many Americans?
- If Penn State wants to be a viable place to send your kid for an education, would it be wise of them to implement all of these elements – without having the NCAA making them do it?
- Is it ‘ethical’ to make an institution ‘ethical’ by financial force?
- As far as having policies in place to handle sexual abuse, what right does the NCAA have usurping the role of the government?
- Hasn’t the law caught up with this problem with laws now in place to handle pedophile situations? (The wheels of justice are moving, albeit slowly.)
- If the NCAA is the organization who is dictating policy at a public university, will their books be opened for public audit?
- Since the NCAA is profoundly affecting public policy, should the general public begin electing officials to NCAA boards?
- For perspective, if the standard tuition for Penn State is $16,444 per year doesn’t dividing the $60,000,000 result in over 3600 students’ bills?
- If there are about 44,000 students enrolled at Penn State would a tuition increase of $1343.00 cover the cost of the penalty?
- Will the state legislature pass a law prohibiting Penn State from passing the cost of this penalty along to students?
- Why is the State of Pennsylvania ceding control of its educational system to the NCAA?
- Why hasn’t the Pennsylvania State Legislature or Governor Corbett put this same fear of God into the Penn State community?
- If Penn State is a public institution, who is the NCAA to impose fines on a public institution.
- How can I impose fines on my local government?