NCAA Piling On Penn State

I am upset about the child abuse committed by Sandusky and the cover up by Paterno, Curley, Schulz and Spanier.  The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by these men.

And that is my point.  The five individuals were involved with these tragic events, not the assistant football coaches, not the football players, not the faculty and not the student body.

I believe the NCAA president and executive board overstepped their authority by imposing very harsh penalties on the Penn State football program and by extension on the entire university.  The penalties will needlessly decimate one of the premier athletic programs in the country and could debilitate the entire university.

If the leaders of a corporation, e.g. president, vice president, commit a crime, are the junior level managers and hourly workers punished?  If a parent commits a crime, are his/her children punished for the crime?

The NCAA decided to use Penn State as a scapegoat example to thwart other university leaders from going astray.  I think the NCAA should have stayed out of it and let the criminal and civil proceedings run their courses.  The NCAA is persecuting innocent people.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH
The Pennsylvania State University
Class of 1963

Don Moskowitz is a well known prolific writer on subjects of the nation and the world that spark his interest. Retiring from the US Navy in 1967 as a Lieutenant, he often writes on military and political maters he is very active in the Londonderry American Legion. A long career in corporate management he retired after developing a successful business with multiple locations in southern New Hampshire.

He lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with his wife Betty, they have three children and four grandchildren.


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  1. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Andrea Maley-Roy

    While I respect your view and can understand your frustration, these men covered up a crime FOR THE SAKE of that football program. In doing so, they allowed those crimes to continue to be perpetrated and more victims to be hurt. The only thing on their minds was protecting their lucrative program, and Penn State’s football flourished during this time of silence. Did the university and the students not benefit from all of the dollars brought in by the “winningest coach in history” and the subsequent media coverage?

    It is my opinion that three of those men paid for Penn State’s football record with the abuse of every child AFTER they were made aware of what Jerry Sandusky was doing…and that price was just too high.

    That they are being stripped of those records now is the only way to begin to balance the scales again.

  2. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    These comments are from someone that played college ball. Although at the level just below Penn St at a time when college football was just beginning to acheive “Big Time” status. The NCAA ( I mostly don’t agree with them) have done the right thing with the severity of the penalties imposed upon the program. Not only were they intending to punish Penn St, but they were also “sending a message ” to all the other programs to smarten up. If you place the interests of your athletics above all else (including the law) you will suffer the consequenses. The current players and coaches are collateral damage in a program that they are part of. You ask do employees suffer when the leaders of a company commit crimes? They do if the company has to fold because they can’t pay the fines. Or in cases where it’s a small company and the owner goes to jail with no one left to run it, the company folds. Children are affected all the time when a parent(s) goes to jail. No bread winner could mean loss of the house they live in. When treatment is done to cure cancer perfectly good cells are destroyed with the cancerous ones for the good of the patient. The culture at Penn St needed to change. It was the football program that created that all powerful, we’ll do what we want attitude. It was the entire program that had to suffer.

  3. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Sandy L

    I completely agree with Andrea and Bill above. The punishment truely fit the crime and I was surprised to see the NCAA came through like it did. It’s about time that we see children truely valued above sport or politics or money or power. Actions speak louder then words and this was heard loud and clear. Sorry Don you really missed the boat on this one.

  4. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Minnie

    I agree the penalty needed to be one that set a standard, but what about all the athletes still there? Why should the players that were on that team that knew nothing and were potential victims themselves lose out on their college football dreams? Now even more kids are being punished……

  5. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    The PROGRAM is being punished. They are a part of that program. The NCAA realized that they didn’t have anything to do with the issue. That is why they are allowing any player to transfer to another school. A player would normally have to sit out a year before they could play for their new school. The NCAA will alow them to begin playing immediately for their new school.

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