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Penn State will pay one year's gross revenues from their former football program, an estimated $60 million fine, that in part will fund a nation wide child assault recovery program
Penn State is excluded from bowl games for 4 years
NCAA vacated all Penn State wins from 1998 to 2011
Current Penn State football players can switch schools without penalty
Penn States football scholarships are reduced to 15 per year (about a loss of 40 scholarships over 4 years and an annual cap of 65 scholarship players per year)
Penn State must enter into an Athletic Integrity Agreement with the NCAA
Penn State must hire an independent Integrity Monitor (compliance officer) and a compliance administrator
Penn State must implement the Freeh Report recommendations
Penn State is on NCAA probation for 5 years
Penn State at this time is not likely to appeal these sanctions

Is that enough? It depends upon who you talk to. I don't know as if anything can compensate a child for the losses occurred during child rape. Lets be clear here. Jerry Sandusky performed child rape. Penn State officials denied the realities of what Jerry Sandusky was doing and chose to protect their football program over the safety of children. Money trumped innocence.

That's about as ugly as it gets.

I was interested in how the NCAA was going to insert their influence in this regard and I have to admire their choice of using the ethics and integrity sections of the NCAA by laws.

According to the NCAA conclusions and sanctions, the Freeh Report “presents an unprecedented failure of institutional integrity leading to a culture in which a football program was held in higher esteem than the values of the institution, the values of the NCAA, the values of higher education, and most disturbingly the values of human decency.”
Ethics and integrity are sorely lacking just about everywhere we look today. We see a lack of integrity in our banking and financial system. It seems our government is for sale. We have ethics problems in real estate, corporate America...the global corporate plutocracy. Is it any wonder that we have severe ethics problems in our schools?

Good for the NCAA. An organization that many say is as relevant as the UN (an organization I wish was more relevant). Good for them. They took a stand for decency.

UPDATE: I just found the block quote. It says it quite plainly. Football is not more important than preserving child safety.

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  •  Tips for Ethics and Integrity (7+ / 0-)

    I think I got the whole of the ruling. If I missed anything, let me know in the comments and I'll update.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:20:53 AM PDT

  •  And I'm about to be the @$$hole... (1+ / 0-)
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    I understand what you're trying to say, however, in my opinion, the NCAA has overstepped their authority in this matter.  Penn State is still dealing with ongoing criminal investigations, but the important fact is that Penn State did not violate any NCAA regulations, which should not give the NCAA any authority to impose sanctions.  What happened was horrible and justice should be meted out and several people need to see the inside of a prison, but Penn State did not break any NCAA violations and the NCAA has overstepped their authority in this matter.  

    In the future, if the NCAA wants to do something like this against schools that haven't broken any regulations then they should write a regulation supporting that decision.  Something that all colleges and universities could look at and agree that the NCAA has some authority in these matters, but this was out of bounds and sets a very bad presidence, moving forward, on how the NCAA will choose to address future non-violation situations.  And that is what bothers me.  Where does the NCAA draw the line on the kind of sanctions they can impose and for what offences?  Some people will stand up and applaud this decision.  I, for one, will not be standing up with them.  I think this is bad for colleges and universities and that Penn State should tell the NCAA to mind it's own business and allow the criminal justice system to work.

    People shouldn't fear their government. They should fear the corporations that own their government.

    by tdub901 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:41:19 AM PDT

    •  I don't think You're an @$$hole (0+ / 0-)

      I understand. PSU didn't violate any of the concrete, explicit NCAA rules. They simply acted in an unethical way when confronted with what was in Joe Paterno et al's opinion, was an inconvenient truth conveyed to them in 1998. Their cavalier attitude toward the young boy in the showers with Jerry Sandusky in 2001 lacked integrity. The lack of follow up and failure to inform law enforcement was a failure of due diligence. Who knows how many more boys were assaulted because no one acted in an ethical way when they were told children were sexually assaulted.

      No, the NCAA does not have an explicit rule that states thou shall tell law enforcement when you witness or become aware of child rape occurring in your locker room. They don't have an explicit rule that states what to do if one of their coaches is facing allegations of child sexual abuse outside of the school's program. The NCAA probably never envisioned a need for such rules.  I think that's why these over broad integrity and ethics clauses are inserted into these agreements.

      I get what you are saying. It's hard to hold people accountable for doing the right thing when the rule book in this area is mostly unspoken.

       Thanks for commenting.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:57:09 AM PDT

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      •  Character? (1+ / 0-)
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        Is there a sports program anywhere in the country, at any level, that has never claimed a major reason for the program's existence is to build the character of the participants?

        One of the basic principles of character is to recognize when you are wrong, and to apologize. By refusing to report child rape by a coach, on university facilities, the staff of Penn State was displaying a substantial lack of character, and the NCAA is giving a clear signal to other sports programs at the university level that they better start to show real character, or they too can be subject to sanctions.

        This is simply a long-overdue power grab by university presidents to reign in the abuses and excesses of their sports programs. Penn State is just the first to give them sufficient excuse to not ignore the problems any longer.

        If nine year old boys could get pregnant, the Catholic Church would mandate the use of birth control.

        by gilacliff on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 09:10:08 AM PDT

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