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NCAA rains down punishment on Penn State football, the house that Paterno destroyed

After the Freeh Report showed failures by Penn State to effectively stop a known pedophile, putting their football program ahead of the welfare of children, the NCAA has left that football program a shadow of its former self. The NCAA handed down a litany of punishments that include:

  • A $60 million fine.
  • A 4-year ban from postseason play, including the Big Ten championship and Bowl games.
  • Vacation of all wins from 1998 to 2011, dropping Joe Paterno from the ranks of coaches with the most wins.
  • Loss of 20 total scholarships for each of the next four years.

Penn State over the weekend took down the famed statue of Joe Paterno, who enabled Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys, and whose reputation is deservedly being tarnished even after his death.

Thankfully, Penn State football players, who had no role in the scandal that led to this, are allowed to transfer without penalty. The school itself, not the athletes, should be punished, and that's how this will unfold.

To their credit, the university president, athletic director and head football coach have all publicly accepted the punishments.