The NCAA handed down its sentence against Pennsylvania State University Monday. It’s just about the most severe sentence possible short of actually suspending the football program.
$60 million in fines, most of which will go to causes that help victims of child abuse. A four-year ban from postseason play. Forty fewer scholarships over the next four years.
And every win the Nittany Lions recorded between 1998 and 2011. All because of Penn State’s complicity regarding Jerry Sandusky’s pedophilia.
Is it a harsh sentence? Yes.
Does it punish some people — former players, most notably — who honestly had no knowledge this was going on? Yes.
But is the sentence more than Penn State deserves? No. Not in the slightest. This crime is far too heinous to merit anything less.
Had Jerry Sandusky’s crimes remained unhidden until 2011, perhaps the school would’ve deserved more leniency. But the Freeh Report found that these horrors extended far beyond just serial rapist Sandusky — a man who will spend the rest of his life rottng in jail, at the conclusion of which he will immediately begin spending eternity rotting in hell.
School administrators, trustees and football coaches alike knew about Sandusky, yet they allowed it to continue. Why? Because Sandusky helped PSU earn money, and he did so by helping the Nittany Lions win football games.