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Joe Pa was obsessed with becoming the winningest coach in college football and passed Grambling's coach Eddie Robinson's record of 408 victories just weeks before the scandal broke.
The university claims to not be a part of the request and while at first glance it's off putting to think that perhaps they missed the real issue of the scandal it would actually be good justice. Whatever the NCAA decides to do to Penn St they should forfeit wins from the school and Joe Pa. Joe Pa does not deserve to be the winningest coach in NCAA history.
An attorney for the city of Grambling, La., has asked the NCAA infractions committee to vacate some of Joe Paterno's record 409 Division I victories.
What happened at Penn St is beyond bad. I'm not even sure it can be articulated well enough to describe the travesty and neglect that took place up there.
If the NCAA needs to intervene and issue sanctions, OK. They probably need to. Not sure I agree with this though.
Joe Pa and the administration royally }#%^*+ all this up. Not the players who played in those games. Not sure they need to be punished for adults poor decisions.
This post was edited by bigbluemist 21 months ago
Joe Pa and Penn St helped to cover it up because they only cared about two things and that's W's and $$$$. I think whatever penalty the NCAA levies against them should be harsh and absolutely must require that wins be vacated. I'd say vacate all the way back to when the one coach first told Joe Pa and they covered it up. Totally erase him from the record books.
Penn State should definitely be punished (and I would not have a problem if the NCAA imposed the death penalty since there was clearly a lack of institutional control given the power that Paterno wielded) BUT this is ridiculous. Unless the NCAA can establish a definitive link between that lack of institutional control and games won by the team, no games should be forfeited.
Paterno's name will forever be tarnished by his behavior. Nobody will be able to look at his name in the record books without thinking of his actions in the Sandusky affair.
You wonder if a self imposed death penalty wouldn't be a bad idea. What those football players are going to have to endure for at least a year or two will be pretty bad, and they didn't bring any of this on themselves.
I don't think a self-imposed death penalty would be a good idea.
I think most people fail to take into account how many other sports and students depend upon football.
A cleaning of the house (mass firings) would be one thing but the self-flagellation of imposing the death penalty would not only deprive 85 football players of scholarships but the loss of revenue would most likely do the same to countless student athletes in other sports that are supported by football.
It would be kind of like, in order to demonstrate how sorry we (PSU administrators) are for what happened, we (PSU administrators, again) will take our entire body of student athletes, bend them over, and...with a pneumatic powered wire wheel.
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