I'd argue that the only thing PSU is going to understand is sanctions to their precious football program. The problem at PSU is that the cult of PSU football has too much power at that school. There is no counter-balance to keep football in check. Even today with all the evidence about what a horrible person JoePa turned out to be, PSU students and fans are holding vigils at his statue honoring him. That is evidence to me that PSU community still hasn't gotten the message.
I don't think the NCAA should be the ones imposing penalties, it isn't their mission. I am hoping that tremendous negative PR will force some level-headed leader at PSU, if such a person exists, to self-impose some sanctions to drive home a point to the PSU football cult. I don't know what those penalties should be, traditional NCAA penalties or death penalty suggestions are probably not the way to go.
I also disagree with Will and the legions of PSU fans that considerations about collateral damage caused by sanctions against PSU football should be a huge consideration in assessing a penalty. In any punishment, there can always be collateral damage inflicted on people who had nothing to do with the crime. Should murders who have young children have their sentences reduced so their kids aren't punished?
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