The governing body of U.S. college sports took sweeping, unprecedented action against Penn State University's revered football program on Monday in response to a child sex abuse scandal, fining the school $60 million and voiding the team's victories for the past 14 seasons. [reuters.com...]
Bobby Bowden (Florida State) now the winningest Division I football coach.
Penalizing the players who won for the actions of one perv coach is just wrong.
The wrong people are being punished here and people are such sheep they won't stand up to right the injustice being done to the innocent students, some of whom may have even been victims get victimized yet again.
I'd have to agree incrediBILL in particular the 60 million dollar fine. Their justification is that's profit from one football season but those funds are used for other sports programs at PSU, scholarships etc. With the other sanctions that revenue is going to drop considerably so it may be 2 or 3 years that PSU football revenue will be used to pay the fine and it will take even longer before that revenue returns fully. In the meantime other sports programs at PSU will suffer and anything else those funds were used for.
It seems like they shot the wrong entity. Take 60M from a university and it seems like the current students are going to be paying that fine in the form of higher tuition. Nail the culprits along with those that stood idly by while it was all happening and maybe ding the University enough to hurt a little bit.
What does this do to the short-term career prospects of current Penn State players? How 'bout other schools in the same league? If the coach specifically told you to run from point A to point B, do the yards get subtracted, while you get to keep the ones you did of your own volition? Do recruiters have to compile two sets of stats, like creative bookkeepers?
"OK, lessee, these wins and losses are from the 2012/13 season so they're legit, but this losing streak was really 7 consecutive wins interrupted by a bona fide loss-- and this other guy's junior-year wins aren't all real wins because some of them were retroactive forfeits by Penn State, so the real totals are..."