Should Penn State Be Given the Death Penalty?

by Junior D on July 14, 2012 · 0 comments

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Since the Freeh report came out and more damning evidence against Joe Paterno, former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz and former president Graham Spanier has come out there has been much talk about what should be done to Penn State as a penalty. I’ve read suggestions from giving PSU the death penalty to no penalties at all.

The way I see this whole situation, Paterno is dead, Sandusky will be getting the broom handle treatment in prison, Spanier, Schultz, and Curley are no longer at Penn State…is there anything that the NCAA can or should do? There will still be some people employed at Penn State that were there during this massive cover up but all of the higher level administrators are gone or will soon be gone.

Penn State has taken a huge public relations hit during this whole scandal. I’m sure there will be potential students and recruits that will not attend PSU because of their sins of the past. That’s fine. That’s their decision to make. There will be people who will make blanket judgements of the university and those who have and will attend. That is unfair.

There are certain things that I believe Penn State needs to do immediately. They have to sever all ties with Paterno and his family.  Any buildings, awards or scholarships with the Paterno name attached need to be changed. The Joe Paterno statue needs to be removed as well.

They need to completely separate the university from this whole situation immediately. Hiring former FBI director Louis Freeh and his law firm to conduct a separate investigation was a step in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong, they didn’t do that to find out what really happened. They did it as a way to show the general public that they were trying. Which has helped public perception of the university in a small way.

To punish the football team or the new coaching staff, in my opinion, would be uncalled for. These kids on the team and the current coaching staff had nothing to do with the Sandusky situation. They have more scrutiny and pressure on them than any other program in the nation because of what happened. To punish them for the sins of others would not be a proper course of action.

If they wanted to punish Penn State University they should fine them and force them to donate to worthwhile charities for exploited children. I’m talking about millions of dollars, not a couple thousand. Not that it would make the situation right but the university should be opening their check books to those kids and their families. I know, money doesn’t solve the problem but since they cannot take back what happened, monetary compensation is the only way that I can think of right now to help the families through this whole thing.

That’s all the NCAA should really do. I know that this whole situation would fall under the “lack of institutional control” penalty but, by all accounts, all the people involved with the crime and cover up have all been removed from the university and its football program.

What the NCAA should do and what the justice system should do are two totally different topics as well. There should be a man hunt for those, still alive, that were involved in the crime and cover up. When they are caught there is no judge, no jury only the executioner. They should be dropped in the center of the most violent prison on the planet and let those prisoners perform unthinkable and unholy acts to them until they die. Is that too harsh? I don’t think so. I actually think that’s a light sentence.

The NCAA should let Penn State continue to clean up their own mess and help those families that were affected by this.  The Paterno family needs to shut up and go away as well. We don’t care what they have to say. As a matter of fact I wish I could talk to them right now. I would let them know that Joe got off light. Death was the easiest way for him to get out of this. If he were still alive, the media circus on his front lawn would be amazing. He might actually be held accountable for his actions. Someone might actually ask him what the fuck was going through his head. Too bad. I would’ve enjoyed seeing that old man watch everything around him crumble as his supporters turned into a lynch mob on his property.

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