Five Congressmen to NCAA President Mark Emmert: Tear Down These Sanctions

July 30, 2014 at 11:18a    by DJ Byrnes    
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The NCAA eased some of their sanctions against Penn State last September on account of Penn State's commitment to not covering up systemic child abuse.

For five congressmen, however, that's not enough.

From NFL.com:

Five Pennsylvania Congressmen sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert asking that the organization remove the remaining recruiting restrictions and to erase a $60 million fine against Penn State, punishment that was levied in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

One of the five, U.S. Rep. Charles Dent, R-Lehigh County, told PennLive.com that he'd like to see the last two years of a four-year bowl ban lifted, too.

"The impact of these sanctions directly contradicts your organization's supposed goal of promoting education for student-athletes," the letter said, in part. It also said the sanctions hurt "innocent student-athletes who had nothing to do with Jerry Sandusky's unspeakable crimes."

The student-athletes were given a pass to leave, and their education is still being paid. They're also not the ones on the hook for $60 million.

Good try, good effort, Pennsylvania congressmen.  


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FROMTHE18's picture

…Penn State head's masked child sexual abuse/rape…I can not believe how inhumane some Penn Staters are and how they act like they are some kind of victim. Its a damn sport. 

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Do you know how I know that many Penn State fans just don't get it . . . . .

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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buckifishr's picture

Shocked they didn;t ask to reinstate JoPa's wins.  That always seems to be at the root of the PSU arguments.

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Fatpants's picture

but but but Joe told his boss he did what he was supposed to!!!!

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smokeybandit's picture

PSU is getting more sanction reductions in September.  Everyone knows this.  So these guys (and Jim Delany) are getting out in front of it for some good PR to take "credit" for the reductions.

The sanctions and reduction there of have been the plan all from the start. 

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sharks's picture

Election year for these guys? If so, THAT'S how you pander to the electorate.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

This is why I am in strong support of the death penalty for everyone involved with PSU.

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Patriot4098's picture

NCAA had no business playing a role in any of this. Completely unprecedented. The NCAA bent the rules in its favor just to make it their business.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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Ethos's picture

Uh, the coaches allowed sexual misconduct that could of caused some or many of them to go to jail in athletic departments.  Meaning, coaches that could of been in jail, instead stayed on and helped penn state win games.  That is about as easy a decision as can be made for the NCAA.  For comparison, that is no different then punishing a school for covering up a rape by one of it's football players.  

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Patriot4098's picture

You're right. We should allow the NCAA to take over where the conference and federal law has jurisdiction.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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Furious George 27's picture

The problem I have with the NCAA is that they have never weighed in on legal matters and really have no right to. With the frequency of SEC players being arrested for felony related offenses shouldn't the NCAA step in and say there is a lack of institutional cointrol? LSU is a prime example, how many players have been charged with assaults and Miles lets the team vote on the penalty. If you are going to say that PSU fostered a criminal culture, then so does LSU. Also, if the intent is to punish those responsible, Joe Pa was fired and died and will never get his wins back, Sanusky will never get out of Jail, the AD and President will have their day in court. So now you are punishing players and coaches not even remotely associated with what happened. Its not as if the law is not making the parties involved pay for their sins.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Ethos's picture

Penn State is mad because they were punished for this BS in the one way that really can hurt them, their football team.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Patriot4098's picture

Because football = true consequences?

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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original buckeye's picture

To normal people, no.  To a fanbase that's so out of touch with reality that they make it a fundamental priority to have Paterno's wins restored, at all costs, yes.
 

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Patriot4098's picture

Didn't realize the fan base was to blame.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Ethos's picture

You know what is funny about all of this is that the public largely forgets about it and moved on, then these idiots keep bringing it back into the light and tarnishing the school again and again.  It's hilarious.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Patriot4098's picture

I actually agree with you on this. Though I don't think the NCAA had any business stepping in, PSU is making it worse by constantly rehashing the subject.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

buckeyesean's picture

The NCAA weighed in and provided these harsh punishments to Penn State, not because of anything the current players did, but rather the culture that existed at Penn State that allowed for these horrible actions to continue for way too long.  I think the NCAA, despite "bending" their rules, were well intentioned in their actions and justifiable given the culture existing at Penn State around the football program.  Although the individuals associated with the actions are no longer associated formally with the university, if the NCAA comes in and takes away these sanctions (virtually admitting they were wrong in instituting such strong sanctions), the purpose of their actions will go to the wayside.  

I know a number of Penn State fans/alumni, and the culture at Penn State has not changed.  Obviously, no one associated with Penn State actually believes anything that happened during the Sandusky scandal was acceptable by any means (we can joke about them being irrational, but they don't agree the "cover-up" was OK or the Sandusky actions were acceptable), but the culture of free-range to the football program still reigns strong in State College.  With a strong personality at Penn State in Franklin, removing these sanctions will only encourage the Penn State community to allow Franklin (or anyone else) interested in bending or breaking rules (whether NCAA, society or legal) to do so (I am not accusing Franklin or anyone else of any rule breaking with that last comment).

HilltopHustle's picture

September: They'll get either the bowl ban lifted or the scholarships back (thus why they'll take all 25 scholarships this year), but they won't get both. All sanctions will be reduced for next year.

Patriot4098's picture

This is so hypocritical. Most major programs across the country would be in the same boat. Looking down on PSU, or their fan base? Hypocrite.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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Damonbuckeye's picture

I always wonder what would have happened if this had occured at OSU??? ESPN along with NCAA and the public at large would've tried to ban the bucks from competition along with the death penalty, meaning psu as far as I'm concerned got off light...

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Patriot4098's picture

That's pretty much what they tried to do to PSU. I don't think we are exceptional.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

PAWEST1202's picture

I cannot speak for the entire fan base but I fully disagree with your comment. If this situation happened at Ohio State I would want all university affiliated employees that helped cover it up to be immediately removed from the university. The value of Ohio State not just built on more that Rivalry Wins and Football National Titles. It is built on the Students, Alumni, Professors and Staff and there contributions to the world. Actions like this destroy good will and reputation that takes decades to build.

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Patriot4098's picture

But that's pretty much what PSU did. Everyone was gone. Coaching staff, AD, Pres. All of them were were suspended. Though that really wasn't my point. I was just stating that the major programs across the country would be in similar situations. Our football program is on a huge pedestal. I can only hope no one, especially us, ever finds themselves in that situation. Even TBDBITL is on some shaky ground right now.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

BukFan's picture

Apparently we have our own cultural problems right here at OSU to worry about.  I wonder what Gordon Gee knew about all of our bands "culture" problems? ?