Early Monday morning, Penn State was hit with a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason bowl ban, loss of scholarships, and a vacation of all wins dating back to 1998. Current football players have the opportunity to transfer immediately and be eligible to play in the upcoming season without penalty.
In my opinion, this is definitely worse than a one- or two-year death sentence. These sanctions will completely cripple the program for a minimum of four years and Bill O'Brien now must persuade his players to stay in the program, which will not be easy. Also, O'Brien will have an extremely tough time convincing recruits and their families to join the Penn State family. The reduction of scholarships may not seem like a big deal now, but a few years down the road, this Penn State football team will largely consist of walk-on student athletes.
I can honestly say I gained some respect for the NCAA after these penalties were announced because they actually set a precedent and let it be known that this kind of behavior will never be tolerated.
Although I don't see how these sanctions help any of the real victims (besides the $60M endowment fund), the NCAA had no choice but to lay down the hammer.
Anybody else find it ironic that the only people refuting the Freeh report are the Paterno's?
P.S. I feel terrible for those kids at Penn State that are being punished for essentially no reason, but that's just how it goes folks. (Ask those kids at USC how they felt.)