Complicity Proves Costly for Penn State

NCAA president Mark Emmert’s punishments for Penn State Monday may have been stringent, but the severity of the crimes the school knew of but did nothing to stop absolutely merited them. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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.

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Wisconsin Seeking Payback for 2010 Loss at Michigan State Saturday

The Spartans will need to not only pressure Badger QB Russell Wilson, but also need to keep him in the pocket on Saturday – a tough task for MSU. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisconsin’s only loss last season came in the first week of Big Ten play, when the Michigan State Spartans hung 444 offensive yards – including 175 rushing yards – on the Badgers, beating them 34-24. The No. 6 Badgers return to East Lansing this Saturday seeking payback. The Badgers are an undefeated, explosive, high-scoring offensive juggernaut, but so was Denard Robinson and his Michigan Wolverines. How’d that work out?

Though Wisconsin still has to beat Ohio State on the road and survive two games with surprisingly ranked Penn State and Illinois, this game will in all likelihood be their most challenging. And if the Badgers want to make sure Russell Wilson‘s season as the Badgers’ hired-gun quarterback ends in the Rose Bowl or BCS Championshiop, they’ll have to solve the No. 16 Spartans.

Offensively, It’s No Contest

The Spartans can’t hang with the Badgers on offense. The Badgers average 136 more yards per game (523.2 – eighth-most in the NCAA), including over 100 more yards on the ground (257.5 – seventh-most in the NCAA). Montee Ball leads the Badger ground game, having in six games already compiled 653 yards and 16 touchdown runs, making him the second-best scoring back in the country. Ball’s speed lets him shoot through gaps in the line, then his agility helps him elude tacklers down-field. Although he runs less along the sidelines than up the gut, he’s occasionally been quick enough to round the corner once Wisconsin’s beefy linemen set an edge for him.

The Spartans, meanwhile, don’t even have a top-75 running back. Edwin Baker has been their best, but he’s gained just 419 yards and scored twice on the ground. Le’Veon Bell has six rushing touchdowns, but he’s been used so sparingly that the Badgers defense should know that whenever the Spartans are near the end zone and Bell’s in, it’s a running play.

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