The NCAA is currently looking into the Penn State scandal to see if any NCAA rules have been broken. The fact that the NCAA wants to add to the mounting sanctions and punishments, on top of the already ongoing criminal investigation is ludicrous. There are plenty of people in the Penn State community to blame for the actions of Jerry Sandusky including Sandusky himself, but the NCAA sees it necessary to punish the current program. John Gonzalez of CSN Philly believes the same of the NCAA investigation.
Blame whomever you like. Just don’t blame the current Penn State football players. They didn’t have anything to do with this. They didn’t sexually assault anyone that we know of, and it doesn’t appear they were complicit in a cover-up. There are plenty of people who should be punished as a result of the scandal. The players shouldn’t be among them.
And yet, now that the NCAA has announced it will investigate Penn State for a lack of “institutional control,” you get the sense that the players and the program will be disciplined.
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The NCAA shouldn’t punish the current Penn State team for the sins of the past. The scandal has rocked this community enough as it is and to take away the current program’s success is unacceptable. The success of this team is holding this town together and as long as it continues to play well, the town will heal and rally around these current Nittany Lions. It’s food for thought for the NCAA that maybe taking football away from State College could be the straw that breaks the camels back.