We have all heard about the punishment given to Penn State this morning. If you have not heard about it, well read all about here. I do not plan on rehashing what was decided. I just want to give you folks some of my thoughts and feelings about the subject.
Last week when I was at my mom’s house, she asked me what I thought should be the punishment. I told her that I felt that the statue of Joe Paterno needed to be removed. I also said that the school should receive a hefty punishment. I did not think the death penalty was right though. I felt that you could do something positive still. My solution was to make all revenue from football (after paying for all the other sports) go to some kind of abused children fund for the next five years. I felt that you would not be hurting the community by still having football and I had no clue how much money the program actually brings in each year.
Well it turns out that it is somewhere around $60 million (if I understood the press conference correctly). I am actually annoyed that the NCAA is allowing them to break that up over five years ($12 million per year). If they went with my idea, then the Big Ten would not need to exclude PSU from the bowl game revenue, since that money would be used for some charitable fund.
The rest of the punishment does not bother me at all. Yes, I am sad that I will not be able to see Penn State play in a bowl game for a few years, but that is just a small price to pay for being a fan of university that stood by and did nothing while a man molested children.
That is one thing that will not change throughout this whole tragedy. I will continue to be a Penn State fan. I might not be as proud as I once was, but I will never stop loving my school. However, that does not mean that I am one of the PSU fans who feels that Paterno did nothing wrong. I will never see him as anything more than a coward, who only worried about his football program and not the well being of others.
I wish Bill O’Brien the best of luck on the upcoming season. It is up to him to lead us into a new era.