By Eric Zanzucchi (@ericzanzucchi)
Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, has a press conference scheduled for Monday morning to announce the sanctions to be carried out against Penn State. It is being reported that Penn State will receive a “multiple-year” bowl ban and “crippling” scholarship losses.
Does the punishment fit the crime?
All these sanctions are being enforced against the football program, yet this really wasn’t a football issue. It’s more an issue of institutional failure. The president, vice president, and athletic director were the three highest ranking officials involved and they all oversee much more than just the football program. I’m not opposed to the football program receiving sanctions since members of the football program are involved.
But shouldn’t there be university wide sanctions since several high level officials of the school were involved?
I don’t know how this could be done. The NCAA only can enforce issues with the athletic programs at the school. In my opinion this is an overreaction to the Freeh Report and the subsequent outrage. All the school officials involved have been or removed (or will be removed), and those who broke the law are being criminally prosecuted. I feel like the school has done enough to punish those who were involved. These sanctions against the football program are now only going to punish those who weren’t involved simply to send a message that won’t be received. Is a child molesting offensive line coach at UCLA really going to think twice because Penn State got sanctions? Don’t get me wrong I feel bad for the victims, but part of their recovery isn’t watching Penn State win six games instead of nine.