Reacting to Penn State's NCAA Penalties

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We already know the immediate impact recent NCAA penalties will have on the Penn State football program: a $60 million fine, a four-year post season ban, the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, and the loss of many scholarships, too. But what we don’t know is how these sanctions will affect the spirit of the Penn State community at large, and those who have spent their lives as dedicated Nittany Lions fans.

While some, like Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, have already come out in favor of the sanctions, others, like Penn State alumna Sarah Jean Burton, feels the sanctions are misplaced.


Sarah Jean Burton

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Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The sanctions fit the crime...
Students and alumni need to meet the kids who were attacked and have a conversation with them

Jul. 24 2012 09:58 PM

Sarah Jane Burton appears to not know what she is talking about. She referenced "taking away scholarships from student-athletes." She suggested that the athletes themselves were being punished by that. She's wrong. No current Penn State football player is losing his scholarship. Any current Penn State player who wishes to go elsewhere to play, can do so, on his full scholarship. The NCAA has given special dispensation, so that such transfers can do so without sitting out a year as with most scholarship athlete-transfers. In addition, current Penn State players who no longer wish to play football but who would like to continue in school can also do so. In other words, current PSU players are completely taken care of. The only thing that Penn State is limited in, is the number of scholarships that they can offer in future years.

I got the impression that Ms. Burton didn't understand any of that.

Gary Belsky, the ESPN editor, made two plainly wrong statements in the precedeing segment. He is like most sportswriters who love to complain about college football (which they complain about being "a big business," while they personally help to make it a big business). People like Gary Belsky, who never played collegiate sports, didn't coach it, and didn't take responsibility for running such a program, mean less than nothing to me.

Belsky was flat-out wrong in suggesting that "most of the athletes don't graduate" and that student athletes vey often later find out that lots of classes that they had taken while in school "didn't count." Those are plainly wrong, unsupportable, counter-factual statements. For a reporter to have uttered them, beggars belief.

Get right back to me if you can prove either of those things to be true, Mr. Belsky.

Jul. 24 2012 02:46 PM

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