Well before Penn State got the hammer lowered on it Thor-style this morning they tried to save face by taking Joe Pa's statue down over the weekend. Kind of like if you know a relationship is ending and you buy her a dozen roses to make up for lying, cheating, forgetting her birthday, saying you don't care about Valentine's Day and 'losing cell service' when you were out with the boys. Deck chair off the Titanic kind of thing. Not to mention about 6 months too late but who's counting.
But today the NCAA fell one step shy of the death penalty. If you turn over (no pun intended) Penn State's violation football card you'll see:
1. $60 million dollar fine
2. 4 years of no bowls (which I think they'll handle on their own without that penalty)
3. Losing 10 scholarships per year for four years
4. Vacating all wins from 1998-2011
Now I'm on board with all of this minus the vacating wins. At the end of the day it's the players who win and lose games and 'assuming' they knew nothing of what was going on they don't deserve to be penalized, but i think the move is more to make sure Joe Pa is not technically the winningest coach of all time anymore. Sneaky a big day for Eddie Robinson and Bobby Bowden! Now these sanctions are all well and good but overall are just icing on the cake. I think the penalty is just that it happened and was covered up. Like what blue chip high school prospect is going to want to go to Penn State ever again? What do you even say as a Penn State recruiter? 'Welp we made the Kraft Hunger Bowl last year AND we stopped being a haven for child rape!' Just brutal. You know what they should do is donate every single dollar made from home games for the next decade to a child sex abuse charity. That would make sense. But then again common sense doesn't really appear to be a part of the Nittany Lion way.
PS: Hey Penn State; how are you going to pay that fine? Straight cash homey!