Penn State sanctions draw concerns about innocent student-athletes

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 11:39pm

It’s not the “Death Penalty” that many feared. It sounds like worse.

It’s a scandal like no other in the history of college athletics.

"One of the grave dangers - stemming from our love of sports - is that the sports themselves can become too big to fail - indeed too big to even challenge," NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday.

The penalties are unprecedented as well.

“The school will be banned from bowl games and post season for four years,” Emmert explained.

The football team will also vacate all wins from 1998-2011, lose scholarships over the next four years and be fined $60 million dollars.

As the sanctions were slapped down, fans of college football tried to make what they could of the stern blow to Penn State.

"By concentrating on the football program, I didn't really follow that logic. It was really the administration and the officials,” LSU alumnus Rodney Rouse said.

Many saw this coming from a mile away. They still question if innocent student athletes were punished.

“The players themselves have nothing to do with it. A lot of it occurred when they were young. It does hurt them," Rouse said.

A long road to recovery lies ahead for Penn State as the University is in their first stage of picking up.

Even LSU head coach Les Miles, while not associated with Penn State, says college football as a whole must push forward

“I want to heal things. I want to correct things. Let’s get these guys degrees and careers lets let them play football and let’s go,” Miles said.

Like LSU, and most of the college football teams around the nation, Penn State will open their season September 1st. The Nittany Lions have just over a month to get in football mode after eight months of turmoil.

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