I am compelled to write this post to address some of the overwrought and ill-thought out bluster that has been said and written since the Jerry Sandusky situation broke. Specifically, my concern is with the NCAA taking action and the people who applaud the NCAA’s overreach.
Let me begin by establishing that I have no interest in or connection to the Pennsylvania State University, other than being a fan of college football. I have attended two games at Beaver Stadium, both against the University of Akron, once in 1999 and once in the mid-2000s. I attended as a student and later as an alumnus of Penn State’s opponent. I was a Florida State Seminole as an undergrad until I transferred to Akron during my sophomore year. I am not a fan or alumnus of Penn State and I am not motivated by the fact that the university involved was Penn State. I would feel the same if the school had been Louisiana-Lafayette, Utah, or Florida. The issue is not the school involved but the legal and moral impetus behind the punishment.
I should also dispatch with the unfortunately necessary caveats regarding Jerry Sandusky and the administration of Penn State. The underlying acts were absolutely evil and the administrators that covered for Sandusky and allowed the continuing abuse should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Any disapproval with the NCAA and its response should not be taken as being soft on sexual abusers and those that enable them. Obviously.