Pennsylvania Governor Sues NCAA Over Sandusky Sanctions

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About Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma Stymie, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He lives in Boston, where he works as a public health professional. He is the Sports Editor at The Good Men Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDay7.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Accusing, in effect, a McDonald’s restaurant of contributing to the Sandusky issue is kind of a stretch, don’t you think?
    It could be stretched to any business or any individual anywhere whose revenues or income derive in part from anything later found to have an evil component.
    For example, Div 1 NCAA revenue athletes have a high rate of violent crime, compared to the rest of the student body, or people in general. At all Div 1 schools. Do we blame the local bars, the sweatshirt vendors?
    Nope. Just this case.
    Makes no sense, except as an exercise in released resentment.
    As to whether Corbett should have investigated faster, I’d think he’d want to know what happened to the previous guy who was trying to investigate. Not to mention looking over his shoulder.

    • Richard,

      Blaming McDonald’s IS a stretch…as much of a stretch as blaming the NRA for things its non-members have done. This society clearly picks and chooses its dotted-lines of slight-relation and its solid-lines of full ownership. They make the distinctions between the two modes as political motives will have them chose. But clearly, some think there is this a true discernible margin of separation between the university and Sandusky’s on-campus rape scenes…his in-shower, on campus, NCAA field-house rape scenes. Yeah….tough to see such a connection Mr Corbett!

  2. Does this punish the actual players n students? Or are they tainted for 4 years and won’t be able to advance their careers because of a monster who abused other players?

    • Doreen A Mannion says:

      Advance their careers? You mean the one who might make it as a pro? Not at all; all the players were given the option to transfer to any school they wanted to without having to sit out the usual year. If a pro career was what they were after (and not a PSU education), it shouldn’t matter if they had to transfer.

      • Ah ok. Well that’s something at least, as long as they weren’t unduly affected as well by the sanctions.

        • Gee Archy, Are you really too simple to see that the abuse was enabled by a management infrastructure and culture of cover-up and deliberate ignorance?

          Boy! I can’t wait till the school loses its accreditation as is being considered! That’ll be swell!

          • ? I only give a damn about the players n future players, the management can be fired if it helps. But I do not know exactly how college level football works so I was curious if the players would feel any ill effects from the actions against the college or if they were able to get through fine. If they can transfer to another college it sounds like they’ll probably be fine. I just wouldn’t want to see them unfairly punished for the sins of the college if that makes sense.

  3. So happy I don’t pay taxes to this buffoon anymore.

  4. Well stated Liam. Thank you for writing it.

    IMO though: Gov Corbett is as direct a voice of Penn State as the Chancellor’s office. The objection was routed to the Gov out of political power and appropriateness of source. That is, the University would have looked to be in clear, bad-form if they called for reversal of the sanctions. The Gov is taking all the flack for them. In PA dynamics, the Gov IS Penn State.

    BTW: I’d love to hear about your ball-playing days in Northern Ireland in some future piece.

  5. “Penn State’s fans continue to exhibit a lack of remorse”

    Why should they feel remorse for something they didn’t do?

    “Are you really too simple to see that the abuse was enabled by a management infrastructure and culture of cover-up and deliberate ignorance?”

    The people who committed the cover-up have had criminal charges brought against them. The NCAA exists to punish offenses like cheating – it doesn’t exist to punish criminals. The police exists to punish criminals. Don’t use the NCAA to do what the police are supposed to do.

  6. Jet Airliner says:

    “Are you really too simple to see that the abuse was enabled by a management infrastructure and culture of cover-up and deliberate ignorance?”

    The people involved in the cover up have had criminal charges brought against them. The NCAA doesn’t exist to punish criminals – we have the criminal justice system to do that. The NCAA exists to punish things like cheating, not criminal activity.

    “Penn State’s fans continue to exhibit a lack of remorse, the suit itself is prima facie evidence of a lack of shame or remorse on the part of the Governor”

    Why should they feel remorse for something they didn’t do?

  7. ***Don’t use the NCAA to do what the police are supposed to do. ***

    When the president of a local Lions Club was caught yet again as a child rapist (his real career), the Lions Club eliminated any and all affiliation with him, even though they knew he was a registered offender dating back to 1979 and raping little girls. It was within their right to off the creep, but it was not within their right to enable future rapes of babies by putting him in many many child-rich environments and events.

    When the Boy Scouts cover-up abusers, some people sue the BSA for damages. Others sue to be included as leaders. But the BSA takes their due-rap for being a rape-house. Said “rape houses” supply and harbour enabling environs. They ought to be either torn-down or (or nothing)….they out to be torn down as MANY guys here have stated.

    Don’t I hear wailing and gnashing of teeth for the destruction of the Catholic Church cuz some priests can’t control themselves?

    But OMG! The Lions Club does such wonderful things like the local SUMMER CAMP (God help us).
    But OMG ROB! The Boy Sprouts or America do such amazing things for so many boys.
    But OMG ROB! The Cath Church does so many wonderful things for so many people around the world like feeding the poor and saving souls.

    So Jet, YOU gonna tell me that yer chill with the Boy Scouts harbouring baby rapists, and making them a safe house in which to do it? You don’t think the organization ought not pay? You gonna tell me that Penn Snake is dif?

    Let me save us all an iteration:

    Jet: The BSA and Penn Snake are two entirely different things.
    Rob: No…they are in NO fkg way different! They too are an institution that got a bad sexually transmitted disease. You liberals just can’t seem to bring yourselves to judge evil, call it by its name and damn it to oblivion.

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