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  •  Not that easy for athletes to go to another school (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially this close to the football season. More likely they would lose one year. Punish the people involved. First take that dawn statue down. We don't punish everybody in an organization because crooks happen to have worked there. Just take care of the crooks. We would have to punish everybody in every job and profession in the country.

    •  Close the program (or - the program has to close - (4+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil, Mannie, 3goldens, glitterscale

      it's too tainted to continue) & then the student/athletes can sue the school for loss of income/football prospects. The school is responsible, after all. The students might get more out of it that way than if the program goes on - only 5%, as it's said, have a ghost shot at the big time NFL anyway.

      I'd chip in to get them lawyered up. If it puts a question on the viability of the whole school, all the better.

      "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

      by greenotron on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 02:25:59 PM PDT

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      •  greenotron - the students have no damages (0+ / 0-)

        For a variety of reasons the students could not successfully sue Penn State if the football program was given the death penalty. The students would not really have any direct damages. If the Penn State football program received the death penalty all of the players who had football scholarships would be able to stay at Penn State on scholarships until their five years was up, or they graduated. Those few who are real NFL prospects would receive offers from other schools to play, even if it was just for one more year.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 03:00:03 PM PDT

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        •  That sounds equitable - no harm, (0+ / 0-)

          no foul, as they say.  A further reason not to support the program.

          Another point, though, is the "spirit" of the players. I would think it would be very hard to be committed to a system that perpetrated such crap. I'd hope most of the players would want to leave, in any case, rather than be attached to such wrong-doing - seems to me it would besmirch all future sports, for them. I can imagine the trash talk they would be subjected to for the rest of their lives. Better to get out, just for their own self respect.

          "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

          by greenotron on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 03:23:35 PM PDT

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          •  greenotron - the players don't want to leave (0+ / 0-)

            and they have a new class of recruits entering as freshman this fall. It's also not for us to decide if they should want to be part of Penn State football, it's for them. The new coaching staff want to make people proud of a new era of Penn State football and I think they should be given every opportunity.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 03:35:42 PM PDT

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