The Suicide Penalty
By Dyuce Woodson:
This past Monday, Penn State football was given its sanctions; a four year bowl ban, annual loss of 10 of its scholarships for four years, five years probation, $60 million fine, as well as donating their share of revenue from Big 10 bowl games to charity. There have been a lot of arguments regarding whether or not it is enough, or should the death penalty have been put in place.
I say, it’s enough.
People might say that the $60 million fine doesn’t go far enough. Penn State made that much in revenue last year alone. That is why it’s enough; Penn State made it to a bowl game last year. A large part of the $60 million came from sponsorships (they have already lost State Farm, and I expect them to lose more) and from TicketCity (the sponsor of the bowl they played in). It’s going to take a while for Penn State to pay that off, not to mention that Penn State isn’t allowed to go to any bowl games for the next four years. That means that incoming freshman won’t be able to play in a bowl game unless they redshirt and play as a fifth year senior. Thus making the recruitment process against schools like Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State infinitely harder.
The overall talent level that they will be getting thru recruiting now and in later years will significantly drop. In addition, they will be losing a total of 65 scholarships during the next 4 years. Again making it much harder to recruit. Since the Penn State Football team is going to be much worse, fans are not going to make those Saturday trips to Beaver Stadium in the fall, which will make it much harder to pay back the $60 million.
A lot of people were (and still are) advocating for Penn State’s Football Program to get up to four years suspension. In other words, the infamous death penalty that SMU was placed under during the 1987 football season. Since the time of SMU’s death penalty, their football program has never recovered sufficiently to become the national football powerhouse they once were in the 80’s.
I am not questioning if Penn State will everpl;ay in another Rose Bowl, frankly I can care less if they win again. However, I don’t think it’s fair to say that Penn State shouldn’t get the death penalty simply because the people that it would hurt the most (i.e.: small businesses and the players) had nothing to do with the crime. It’s NOT fair to the players or any of the small businesses that keep running off to see Penn State football every Saturday in the fall.
The Penn State sanctions given by the NCAA are a perfect consequence for Penn State. However, punishment will be felt by many that had nothing to do with Jerry Sandusky. The result will be a slow, painful suicide that the football fans, players and businesses may never recover from.