Penn State, Vacating Wins and the NCAA

Penn State lost what, 112 wins from 1998 to 2011? I just don’t think that’s right. But it IS right.

Too bad Coach Joe Paterno couldn’t be around to see his precious win title stripped. We at BSP paid a little attention to the Nittany Lions. The problem was, Coach Paterno played the holier than thou role. He made us think he was some kind of benevolent dictator. We thought a lot of Joe Paterno, because he was graduating his kids, players from Penn State seemed to have some character and I liked the fact Penn State was willing to play a lot of out-of-conference opponents.

Unfortunately, Paterno was willing to sacrifice human beings for the football program. He was the driving force behind leaving Sandusky on campus. The one point I make out of the whole mess is, Curley, Schultz and Spanier agreed to report Sandusky. After talking to Paterno, Curley changed his mind. That moment of weakness cost him his job, and quite possibly, his freedom.

If only Curley had executed his plan, Paterno would still have had his statue outside Beaver Stadium.

The vacated wins. They don’t really matter. If you’re a player, you know you won those games. You still have bowl rings. Its as ridiculous as vacating USC as the national champion when they routed Oklahoma.

The NCAA. They exacted their punishment, but what a dismal organization. They are THE PROBLEM. They say they are interested in the welfare of student-athletes, and they want academics over athletics. Sorry. That’s just not true.

The local athlete hater here, Walter Pasacrita wanted the NCAA to stomp Penn State with both feet. He made some statement that academics should be more important than athletics. Sorry, but that’s fantasyland. Its just not true.

Name the head football coach at Alabama. Now name the university president. Name the chancellor at LSU. Texas. USC. Any major college program. Athletics is supremely important. It’s free publicity for the school. Everyone wants to be associated with a winner. That’s how Joe Paterno was able to stick around for so long. He won games, and no one gave a crap.

I believe I mentioned Urban Meyer’s Florida teams had 30 arrests in five years. You have multiple CRIMINALS playing in your program, but it’s okay to play for and win national championships? Meanwhile, you strip these kids at Penn State of wins for something which they weren’t involved…didn’t even know about, by someone who officially left that school when you were 10 years old? Are you kidding me?

I’m not saying Penn State should have avoided sanctions. I’m not saying Sandusky, Curley, Schultz and Spanier shouldn’t suffer for their cover-up. I am saying the kids are going to suffer. What if a kid is playing for Penn State because the school specializes in something the kid wants to do with their life? You know, because of academics? He should stick around and suck because of this Sandusky criminal?


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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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