I guess I'm a bit confused over the NCAA's punishment. Who are they trying to punish? As the saying goes, "the punishment must fit the crime".
Well, in this case, it doesn't. The punishment was doled out to those who had nothing to do with the rapes, subsequent cover-up, etc. The NCAA punished the students, players, fans, faculty, alumni, and future athletic programs. Heck, they punished future students who still get recess 3 times a day!
I get the fact that they wanted to make a statement, but it's illogical to arbitrarily punish innocent bystanders for the actions of a handful of people who, I might add, will live a life-long battle of public scrutiny, joblessness, and prison rapes (ironic, eh?).
If my neighbor were molesting children and was charged and incarcerated for the crime, should I expect the city to "make a statement" to the remaining, law-abiding homeowners and levy a stiff tax penalty on my neighborhood, restrict new residents from purchasing our homes, or whatever else they could do to ensure the sensationalist media stays off their backs?
The only individuals who deserve to be punished are being punished, and they will be punished to the full extent of the law; I'm sure of it. Let the University move on - why should they continue to live the lingering stigma of "rapists" when we all know that isn't the case.
I'm not trying to minimize what happened, I just can't understand why the NCAA thinks all the good people at Penn St. should pay for it. Penn State already cleaned house. That school needs to be built back up, not kicked while they're down.
Maybe I'm just an insensitive asshole, but that is my opinion.