Penn State got off light

Let Wikipedia take you back to the 80s, when another college football scandal rocked the NCAA:

The Southern Methodist University football scandal was an incident in which the football program at Southern Methodist University was investigated and punished for massive violations of NCAA rules and regulations. The most serious violation was the maintenance of a slush fund used for “under the table” payments to players from the mid-1970s through 1986. This culminated in the NCAA handing down the so-called “death penalty” by canceling SMU’s entire 1987 schedule.

Yeah.  Southern Methodist had it’s season cancelled for paying players.  I can’t get too excited about this sort of violation because the NCAA makes millions upon millions off their student athletes via television contracts and video games, but whatever, the NCAA handed them their ass because they broke the rules.

We all know what happened at Penn State – that dude is going to prison for it.  So what did the NCCA do this time?

  1. $60 million fine
  2. a four-year postseason ban (so no bowl games)
  3. removed 10 scholarships per year for the next four years
    1. limit of 65 scholarship players on the roster (85 would normally be allowed)
  4. all victories are stripped from 1998 to 2011 (so Joe Paterno is no longer the career leader in football wins)

…and that’s it.

I know a $60 million dollar fine is nothing to sneeze at, but really, that’s just the average amount of profits they make per football season, so basically, that just means they probably won’t make a profit on football this season.  Boo fucking hoo.  The bowl game ban?  Who gives a fuck.  The bowl game post season thing is stupid anyway.  Now the scholarship thing kinda sucks – but it sucks for the kids.  I’d prefer they hadn’t done that.  Taking the victories away is totally meaningless except to Joe Paterno, and not to be indelicate or anything… but… the man is dead, so he’ll never know.

As usual, I’m not impressed with the NCAA.  They took away SMU’s season for violating their rules, but when an actual crime is committed and someone is convicted by a jury, they do less.

Get it together, NCAA – everyone deserves better than this.

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