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Penn State's Fate

With Wade Goodwyn in for Tom Ashbrook.

Penn State’s fate, after the scandal. Did the NCAA get it right?

A covering lies on top of the head of the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before it is removed Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP)

A covering lies on top of the head of the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before it is removed Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP)

Yesterday the NCAA slapped Penn State with the most severe sanctions since SMU was given the death penalty in 1986. No bowl games for 4 years, 10 less football scholarships each of those 4 years.  They’ll still play football in Happy Valley, but it won’t be or look anything like the past.

Not surprisingly, Penn State fans are crying foul, saying due process was by-passed by the NCAA and even some other institutions are hoping this was a one-time process. 

This hour, On Point:  What do you think, Penn State penalties, fair or foul?

-Wade Goodwyn

Guests 

Ellen Staurowsky, professor of sports management at Drexel University and author of College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA’s Amateur Myth.

Jason Lanter, outgoing president of the Drake Group, a national organization pushing for the reform of college athletics.

Dan Beebe, NCAA commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference from 1989–2003 and Big 12 Conference from 2007-2011.

Kevin Blackistone, sports journalist and a frequent panelist for ESPN’s Around the Horn. 

From The Reading List

USA Today “Some members of the Penn State Board of Trustees are unhappy that the university’s administration agreed to severe NCAA sanctions announced Monday without first consulting the 32-member group.”

ESPN “The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million sanction, a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins dating to 1998, the organization said Monday morning. The career record of Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records, the NCAA said.”

Philadelphia Inquirer “College sports’ governing body today fined Pennsylvania State University $60 million and vacated more than a decade of its football team’s wins for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.”

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