As the well-deserved firestorm of attention builds surrounding the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal and cover-up, my thoughts turn to the NCAA. We have already seen how a previously well-respected university has failed in its response to the issue.
The indictment passed down from the Pennsylvania grand jury, which I read last night, makes that failure abundantly clear.
The NCAA has long been an institution that majors on the minors and ignores legitimate issues. The NCAA has said that it does not have the authority to deal with Penn State regarding this issue. Really? Give me a break!
The NCAA just does not want to deal with this issue because of the subject matter. If a story broke about a drug scandal within a major football program, you can bet the NCAA would be sticking their nose in it.
When the NCAA makes a huge issue of tattoos (OSU) and Shoes (FSU), why do they not have the moral obligation and authority to make an issue of allegations of abuse of young boys within a major FBS program?
Jim Tressel, perhaps rightfully, lost his job because he did not report issues in a timely manner — issues about tattoos and memorabilia. Issues that the NCAA was deeply concerned about. Yet Joe Paterno still has a job at Penn State despite his less-than-acceptable response to allegations of rape by members of his coaching staff.
The NCAA needs to step up and demand the immediate firing of Joe Paterno and everyone involved. The NCAA also needs to start talking about serious sanctions for both the PSU football program and the PSU athletic program as a whole.
Joe Paterno and Penn State University administrators have failed on many levels; they must now be held accountable. If the NCAA fails, it too should be held accountable or revealed for a sham that cares more about tattoos and shoes than legitimate issues!
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