What's next for Penn State after crippling NCAA sanctions?
'Historic' event in college sports
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- Date Jul 23, 2012
'Historic' event in college sports
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Penn State's late coach Joseph Paterno is no longer the winningest winningest college football coach in history in the eyes of the NCAA.
And -- the association laid down very tough punishments by any assessment today.
-- -- the school responded to the child sex abuse accusations -- surrounding the former assistant football coach Jerry sandusky.
Among the penalties the NCAA vacating all wins.
Essentially none of those victories counts anymore.
Less than two weeks ago an internal investigation found that.
As early as 1998 members of Penn State's top brass including Joseph pop covered up those accusations that coats and does he molested young -- Today the association also find Penn State sixty million dollars reduce the number of -- scholarships available to students.
Did reduce by ten over four years for freshman.
Bay in the school from post game participation for four years.
And plays Penn State and act on probation for five years today the president of the NCAA said he hopes the new punishment will send a message.
Our goal is not to be just punitive.
But to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and daily mindset.
In which football will never again be placed ahead of educating.
Nurturing and protecting young people.
He did not impose the so called death penalty which would have shut down the Penn State football program entirely.
Though many believe this may be worse.
The turn those family blasted the NCAA saying the punishments have defamed the coach's legacy.
Joining us now sports attorney Steve -- nick he's a former adjunct professor teaching sports ethics at Manhattan -- -- -- nice to -- you thank you.
Agree the -- big picture what do you think of this.
Thoughts tragedy yet it's a historical event for college sports and in academia.
That I I think more importantly I mean you have to look at just think about being dominant Penn State.
Penn State as a whole it's a great school and I -- they got hammered and they got hit very hard shot.
It's the very -- -- that I know that and imposing the death penalty requires that the school already be on probation.
But I've heard a lot of people argued today that that this is really worse than the death penalty the death penalty would have shut down the program for a year.
This essentially tells them you will not participate in any thing after the regular season.
You do not get any money now from from the -- the the Big Ten football contract.
Who in the world who wanted to come there beside those who were there already and how many of their people will -- this program could be in in it in in in deep jeopardy.
Oh yeah absolutely right -- I -- Nancy it's a tragedy.
I mean -- for a student athlete now to transfer to another university the end to get into university because you know.
It's very difficult you can't just pick up and leave.
In July and then hope that you're going to be playing football.
Come August so I mean these teams have set.
Depth charts they have their players they have the rotation so for even some of the marquee players of Penn State.
You can't just leave him pick up even if say the University of Florida offers you a scholarship right can be very -- Oh yeah there's there's no doubt I know one of them is talking about going to UNC Chapel Hill Arthur week.
State college the Penn State football program was not anything like it is now when Joseph Paterno got there they -- -- -- 1101000 people.
You wonder if this won't become something much smaller.
Without as much money.
And that will affect the Penn State and that the people of Pennsylvania and that academic institution.
As well as all the rest I don't know how they budget lays out but I mean I know they -- millions and millions and millions make about sixty million dollars and made.
About sixty million dollars and that's how they came up with is fine.
But I don't know -- that goes the athletic programs or are they allowed to use some of that -- Arthur tall athletic OK folks of them.
It's what could be troublesome part shepherd is some kid on the track team he's suffering for what -- Person mr.
A woman on the field hockey team is suffering -- -- and dusty did and I understand what the NCAA president said a message needs to be sense that they ahead.
Need to protect and nurture our children.
Unfortunately there are so many other victims who really had absolutely nothing to do within and that's the part of the punishment that's a little tough to swallow that their.
There are a lot of there are a lot of people being punished except.
They gave -- out to all of those players everybody was there there now wants to go somewhere else can leave.
Normally you transfer you can't play that next you have to wait for the NCAA to rule but you -- believe they -- today.
And start playing somewhere else tomorrow and as for the university itself.
I can't even imagine them being able to fill that place supplement that there's there's nobody more.
More and more hardened and and in more passionate than -- Penn state university in the -- lines football.
You have to wonder if three years from now or five years from now.
When they're not playing in the Big Ten level when there if in fact they're losing every game you you wonder if it can sustain and I'd say decade right that's that's I would I would think.
I don't I don't know but if it if it doesn't take a decade at least some sort of miracle.
All right Steve Arthur thank you both after years in jail the former cop.