Ever since the release of the Freeh Report, which found that Joe Paterno and three other top Penn State University officials actively tried to cover up the sickening actions of convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky—you know, to protect the reputation of the school—everyone’s been waiting eagerly to find out what kinds of criminals charges will be brought on those involved in the scandal.
No, I’m totally kidding. Who cares about criminal justice, right? Everyone’s been waiting to find out what the NCAA is going to do to the Penn Statefootball team. Because that’s what really matters, here: football.
Well, as you surely know by now, yesterday the NCAA announced its penalties. And while some people are upset the school didn’t get “the death penalty” (i.e., a ban from playing football altogether), the NCAA made sure that the Nittany Lions won’t be winning many football games in the coming years. So that ought to make the victims of Jerry Sandusky feel a lot better.
Anyway, most news outlets have been labeling the Penn State punishment “severe” and “unprecedented.” So today I thought we’d take a look at where this one actually ranks among other major punishments meted out over the years.
Let’s get started, then, shall we?