WOW, what a week-end the family of Joe Paterno went through; first Penn State removes the statue of JoePa into storage, then Monday the NCAA slammed the University with a $60 million fine, the loss of all the school’s victories from 1998-2011, a four-year ban on postseason games that will prevent Penn State from playing for the Big Ten Title, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years’ probation. WOW again.
By vacation 112 Penn State victories over a 14-year period, the sanctions cost Paterno 111 wins and drops Paterno from the no. 1 position as the winningest coach to somewhere as the 24th winningest coach at 298. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will now hold the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377 wins.
Aside from the hurt of the victims and families resulting from the Jerry Sandusky sex status for which he has been imprisoned, and given the fact that Paterno knew more than he claimed; Paterno was only mentioned in two emails in the Freeh investigation; Paterno of course died before the trial and investigation and never had a chance to defend himself.
I place more blame on the colleges top officials who had the power, not Paterno, to change the course of action and put the clamps down on Sandusky.
Penn State has already agreed to not fight the sanctions.
What do you think; too harsh, not harsh enough?