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Wrong approach

January 12, 2013

Hurray and thumbs up to Gov. Tom Corbett for suing the NCAA for the stiff sanctions they put on Penn State. They (NCAA) had no business sticking their nose in where it didn’t belong....

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JerryfromRI

Jan-12-13 7:37 AM

...and if only Joe had called the cops after that time in the shower, then maybe those other kids would not have been molested too.

Right..."poor Joe"

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-12-13 8:01 AM

"They (NCAA) had no business sticking their nose in where it didn't belong. It should have been just PSU going after Jerry Sandusky."

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It is the NCAA's responsibilities to oversee the various universities' programs. However, they seemed to be in a hurry to hand out punishment without going through a process that brought in "balanced" information.

PSU (and the Centre County DA) chose not to prosecute Sandusky; apparently there was insufficient evidence to obtain a guilty verdict. However, layers of management continued to turn their eyes the other way and did nothing to protect the victims from further assault. Some form of punishment is needed. The NCAA verdict seems to have broad-brush, unfocused consequences and many not involved with the incidences feel the repercussions. This appears to be where the state has the problem.

The incident is causing all universities around the US to reexamine their own procedures concerning child abuse and setting

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-12-13 8:03 AM

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up better procedures and accountability. That is good.

At the end of the day, the lawyers will make money, the case will be thrown out, the victims will carry the pain around, the PSU football program will decline and the real root cause will never be dealt with.

As a society, we need to pray for the victims and be on the ever watch that these incidences don't happen. For the perpetrators of these crimes, somehow they need to be helped. Pray for them, maybe set up something similar like an AA 12-step program, eliminate internet por_nography, etc. Traditional family structures and moral behaviors need to be bolstered instead of attacked.

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CMReeder

Jan-12-13 8:33 AM

It was the mishandling by PSU that brought about the NCAA actions. By the way the mishandling by PSU includes Tom Corbett.

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idiottwo

Jan-12-13 9:35 AM

poor Joe Dottie? Joe had the opportunity to be like many of his generation, a true hero, but he failed. He let those children down. Their lives forever changed and many ruined. He was intrusted in students protection. He looked the other way. He didn't do what he could have and he'll be remembered so. Hard to swallow just like hard to imagine what those boys went thru.

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ConcernedMom

Jan-12-13 9:48 AM

The real problem with "poor Joe" or "not poor Joe" mentalities is no one really knows why Paterno knew or didn't know. We only know what the media frenzy wanted us to know which was more than likely embellished reporting to earn ratings. In light of the fact the NCAA looked the other way when the NC program created false classes & false grades for student athletes and looked the other way when a Syracuse coach himself was a pedophile indicates the NCAA itself fails in it's motto to "protect the student athlete" and create a balance between athletics and academics. PSU student athletes didn't violate the NCAA rules, however, they clearly are the big losers of the sanctions. What's done is done but either way the NCAA needs to be investigated because it clearly doesn't treat all schools the same.

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kheSanh68

Jan-12-13 9:51 AM

"Hurrah and thumbs up to Gov. Corbett" You have got to be kidding me! Is this the same Corbett that was the State Attorney General who failed to properly investigate Sandusky when he had the opportunity to stop him before he attacked many other kids?!

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enigma

Jan-12-13 10:39 AM

Poor Joe Pa. He did nothing wrong. He just enabled a child molester to continue molesting children for another 12 years. Poor Joe Pa.

Poor Penn State. That mean NCAA is punishing them for shielding a child molester to protect their football program. Poor Penn State.

I went to Penn State and I hate seeing this, but I can't say that they didn't get what they deserved, and Joe Paterno was right in the middle of it. Get a life people. Football is great, but the wellfare of children is much more important.

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enigma

Jan-12-13 10:46 AM

Let's not try to pin the blame for Jerry Sandusky on Corbett. He's been a bad enough governor, we don't need to make things up. When he was Attorney General, the evidence was not there. There was one complaint and no evidence. If you want to bash Corbett do it for what he's done as governor. That shouldn't be too hard. You could start with this idiotic, politically motivated lawsuit aganst the NCAA.

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ScienceIsKing

Jan-12-13 10:51 AM

I agree with enigma. Joe was a great man, but for him not to speak up to the "proper authorities" really surprised me. I just can't imagine in knowing that a child was abused and nothing was being done. Joe should have gone to the police when he learned that PSU wasn't doing nothing about it. What Joe did, I just don't think I could live with myself knowing I could have done something about it. Shame on this person who posted this.

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wwhickok

Jan-14-13 9:53 AM

I see a lot of interesting points expressed here. To me, the NCAA reprecussions, at this point, have little to do with Sandusky and Joe Paterno (at this point). I do not believe that the $60M fine should be 'nulified' however I do believe it should be 'redirected' to the families and children who suffer from sexual abuse crimes. I do believe that the bowl ban should be reduced and I do not agree at all with the loss in scholarships. I believe a 4 year bowl ban is far too excessive, I believe that it should be reduced to 2 seasons (1 season has already been served). I believe the scholarship reduction should be nulified, and I believe the $60M fine should be redirected, and made to be 'in-state' funding.

However, after that, I also feel that the lawyers prosecuting the NCAA need to redirect their attention to assiting in the prosecution of those who are truly at fault.

I do not believe this case will be thrown and I do believe the players will be vindicated.

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wwhickok

Jan-14-13 9:54 AM

As for the whole "Poor Joe". I don't agree with wins being taken away. I don't agree with that AT ALL. However, I do agree with the firing, I do agree that if he were still alive he would've been prosecuted, and I do not believe it was the NCAA that killed him...as I recall it was lung cancer.

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