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$60M Fine for Penn State and Paterno's Wins Vacated: Is College Football Too Competitive?

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Joe Paterno once held the title as the legendary college football coach with the Division One most wins. Coach Paterno led the Penn State Nittany Lions for nearly 46 years, from 1966 until 2011. Coach Paterno had amassed the most wins in college history with 409 wins. Today, however, that all changed. The NCAA sanctioned Penn State for the football program's failure to stop the child molestation carried out by the Penn State's assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The NCAA sanctioned Penn State 112 victories from 1998-2011 -- taking away 111 victories earned by Coach Paterno. Coach Paterno died in January of 2012 at the age of 85. Paterno now ranks 12th on the college football coach win-chart.

Players, fans and colleagues affectionately referred to Coach Paterno as "Joe Pa" -- the patriarch of college football who created the "Grand Experiment," which encouraged winning with integrity and graduating players ready for life after football.

Penn State commissioned an investigation into the accusations that Coach Paterno and other officials "stayed quiet about accusations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001." The investigation, release July 12, indicted the Hall of Fame coach for his negligence.

What drove Joe Pa to fail reporting the child rape charges against his assistant coach? Football experts expected the highest level of integrity for Coach Paterno. Did the business of college athletics put too much pressure on Paterno? Did Paterno want to compete more than protect children?

FOXNEWS.COM reports:
Penn State football was all but leveled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent uncounted years molesting children, sometimes on university property.


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  • Gregaj7 2012/07/24 01:18:32
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    +1
    College football is no longer "amateur", and is being designed to prepare athletes for the Pros. For me, it's well past time for the entire sports industry to be shut-down, preferably by folk truly deciding to no longer spend their "money" there and doing something else much more worth-while.
  • CHUCK - Liberal in Seattle 2012/07/24 01:08:16
    No
    CHUCK - Liberal in Seattle
    +1
    To crooked. Only the tip of the iceberg if they look hard!
  • Fran-Halen 2012/07/24 00:52:44
    Yes
    Fran-Halen
    +3
    He was more concerned about his "precious" football program than he was about his pedo assistant raping boys....
  • unclepat 2012/07/23 22:53:07
    No
    unclepat
    +2
    That program should have received the death penalty!
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/23 20:08:50
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    IT IS ALWAYS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE PRESENT PLAYERS ON THE TEAM ARE THOSE PUNISHED UNFAIRLY....
  • CHUCK -... MOMMA T... 2012/07/24 01:10:08
    CHUCK - Liberal in Seattle
    That's unfortunate, the worst part of this whole scandal.
  • Lanikai 2012/07/23 19:04:00
    No
    Lanikai
    No, it is not too competitive.

    Football FUNDS a large share of the other sports AND a large chunk of student scholarships, PLUS gives cash for buildings, remodeling and salaries all over the campus.

    So NO, it is a good thing for any school that has a half way decent program.
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/07/23 18:53:01
    No
    Zombie Saddam
    +1
    Penn State pride

    Louder and Prouder. You can't keep a school down by the corrupt actions of the few. A few perverted individuals may have allowed abuse to go on but competitiveness is also what drives spirit and pride.
  • The Sane One 2012/07/23 18:49:39
    Yes
    The Sane One
    +3
    We also pay FAR too much attention to collegiate athletics, and far too little to ETHICS in collegiate athletics.
  • Ken 2012/07/23 18:49:21
    No
    Ken
    +1
    This had nothing to do with competitiveness; morality of a sexual predator was the cause and the political correctness of a sick university and society. This is what happens when your Government starts destroying religion, family structure, morality, promotes youth sexual activity and homosexual activity including same sex marriages. Things like this are only going to get worse.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/23 18:43:42
    No
    HarleyCharley
    +4
    they deserve it....

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