Originally Posted by AustinIllini
1. Football is a huge draw for any college. It turns out even really smart young people will choose a school based on other programs in concert with academics.
2. NCAA participation is hugely important for reason 1. Probably more important that you think.
3. By acknowledging 1 and 2, it is not hard to surmise that by severely punishing Penn State, the NCAA has hurt the academic institution in State College. The NCAA does not exist to do that, and in doing so have violated their own commitment to student athletes.
4. A horrible crime was committed. We all understand. The fact is, a man will spend the rest of his life in jail for it, and the people who covered it up are either dead or going to jail. The rest of the school is innocent until proven guilty.
Regarding #3 - The football program at Penn State has hurt the academic institution in State College. Why do you think they covered everything up? So they could continue to rake in money from the NCAA, Boosters, and advertisers. To ignore the financial reasoning behind the coverup is ignoring what is going on in big time college football today.
These men, and that institution, put their football program, and all the benefits that come with it, before the safety and well-being of children. Frankly, the punishment, while severe, is nothing compared to what those children have to live with the rest of their lives. And hopefully this will serve as a warning to other NCAA programs that they aren't above the law.