The title of a Fox News article released on July 23, 2012 is “Penn State FINED $60M, Paterno’s wins VACATED from 1998-2011(Web-site/URL: These are obviously SERIOUS consequences and $60 million is obviously a HUGE amount of money.

According to NCAA President Mark Emmert “as he announced the penalties at a news conference in Indianapolis”, “The sanctions needed to reflect our goals of PROVIDING CULTURAL CHANGEPreviously the “culture” was that people could get away with ALMOST anything. Not anymore…OR SO THEY SAY.

In response, Penn State President Rodney Erickson released the following statement: “AGAINST THIS BACKDROP, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today (July 23, 2012) by the NCAA”. “Penn State accepts” GRUDGINGLY. “With today’s (July 23, 2012) announcement and the action it requires of us, the University TAKES A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD“. This is what Erickson and Penn State would like to BELIEVE (Web-site/URL:

“Paterno’s family said in a statement that the NCAA sanctions DEFAMED THE COACH’S LEGACY and were a PANICKED response to the sex abuse scandalThe family also says that punishing “past, present and future” students because of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes DID NOT SERVE JUSTICE. This is the latest case/example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go”.(Web-site/URL:

Emmert went on: “Football will NEVER AGAIN (?) be placed ahead of EDUCATING, NURTURING and PROTECTING young people“. Well, as the saying goes, NEVER SAY NEVER.

“By vacating 112 Penn State victories from 1998-2011, the sanctions cost Paterno 111 wins. Former Florida State (head) coach Bobby Bowden will now hold the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377 major-college wins. Paterno, who was fired days after Sandusky was charged, will be credited with 298 wins”.

Here’s Bowden’s reaction: I DIDN’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN LIKE THIS“. REALLY? But Bowden is ARROGANT, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: “WISH I COULD HAVE EARNED IT, but that’s the way it is“. Many people really love it when they can get something by DOING NOTHINGOf courseas we know, FSU ISN’T THE MODEL ATHLETIC PROGRAM EITHER as the Seminoles were embroiled in a HUGE academic scandal several years ago (Web-site/URL:;

“Bill O’Brien, who was hired to replace Paterno, now faces the (extre DAUNTING task of building future teams with SEVERE limitations and TRYING to keep current players from FLEEING to other schools“. This IS NOT good, especially for a program as storied as Penn State. “Star players such as tailback Silas Redd and linebacker Gerald Hodges are now essentially FREE AGENTS“free agents?” Wait. Didn’t we say that we COULDN’T talk about COLLEGE athletes using words and phrases that implied MONEY?I knew WHEN I ACCEPTED THE POSITION that THERE WOULD BE TOUGH TIMES AHEAD. But I am COMMITTED FOR THE LONG TERM (?) to Penn State and our student athletes”This is what they all say AND THEN THEY LEAVEPETE CARROLL leaving USC for THE NFL and TOM O’BRIEN leaving BOSTON COLLEGE for NC STATE are famous examples.
“At a student union on campus, several dozen alumni and students GASPED, GROANED and WHISTLED as they watched Emmert’s news conference”. Of course as we know, “gasp” and “groan” are associated with ANGER and DISGUST, two VERY NEGATIVE emotions.
According to Matt Bray, “an 18-year-old freshman from West Chester, Pa.”, “It was kind of just like A HEAD SHAKER. YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING, but IT WAS HARD TO HEAR obviously/certainly.

“Emmert had earlier said he had “never seen anything as egregious” (outrageous) as the HORRIFIC crimes of Sandusky AND THE COVER-UP by Paterno and others at the university, including former Penn State President Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley” as well as Vice President for BUSINESS & FINANCE GARY SCHULTZYes things always get complicated whenever MONEY is involved.

“There had been calls across the nation for Penn State to receive the “death penalty” and Emmert HAD NOT RULED OUT THAT POSSIBILITY as late as last week — though Penn State DID NOT fit the criteria for it. That punishment is for teams that commit a major violation while already being sanctioned. “This case is obviously INCREDIBLY unprecedented in every aspect of it, as are these actions that we’re taking today (July 23, 2012)”.


“Emmertadded that no attempt was made for the sanctions to be more severe than the death penalty”. “That isn’t a comparison I or anyone else needs to make. PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA can make those comparisons“.

Finally, “(Big Ten Commissioner Jim) Delany said he believes Penn State IS CAPABLE OF BOUNCING BACK FROM THE SANCTIONSthat DELANY imposed, oddly enough.I DO HAVE A STRONG SENSE that many of the ingredients of success ARE STILL AT  Penn State and WILL BE THERE IN FUTURE YEARS, only WITHOUT Joe Paterno as the head coach.

So, again, Joe Paterno’s firing was a STUNNING fall from grace for someone who was one of the most beloved figures in college football and indeed all of sports.

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