There Is Nothing I Love More Than A Good Redemption Story

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  1. Redemption is awesome, but it has to be *real* and it’s much better not to have to be redeemed in the first place. :(

  2. FHIIOFJDSK:LGJ:KLGDJ Whole post deleted and I was typing for half an hour, this is… GAH!


    Okay, I’ll summarize

    1) The punishment was less than ideal. It kept the team out of bowl contention and conference championship contention for a year, and allowed recruiting from other schools. This hurts the Penn State fans, players, and the NFL scouts, none of whom are to blame.
    A) The fans are hurt because we can’t see our guys competing for the championship.
    B) The players are hurt because they can’t compete in the big games, and will likely not have as good of a chance in the NFL if they choose to go.
    C) The teams that wanted a PSU player will be unable to see them when the pressure’s really on.

    2) The NCAA Death Penalty, which would have been preferable, keeps a team out of contention for 4 years, doesn’t allow teams to play at all for one year, and only allows away games for one year, while allowing players to leave, or continue under their current scholarships, as they so choose.
    A) In this case, the fans will still be hurt. Unlike in the current example, however, we don’t still get to watch Penn State play every week, thus dimishing our enthusiasm and excitement about the program, which will harm the administration.
    B) Players are not hurt. Like in the current example, they are allowed to choose to stay, or go. However, those who are at Penn State solely for football will choose to go, rather than just some of them, while those who are at Penn State for an education can stay on and get an education without football.
    C) Players whose career goals include the NFL are likely to leave. Thus, NFL scouts will see them in high-value situations.

    3) The Death Penalty will primarily punish the administration, who are the ones who deserve to be punished.
    A) The new administration has many people uninvolved with the scandal.
    B) The new administration will not be likely to have to deal with a pedophile in their midst, and if they do, I expect them to learn their lesson.
    C) The lesson that needs to be learned is not “Do not hide pedophiles,” which is an extremely specific lesson and will likely not come up again. The lesson that needs to be learned is “Do not place sports above people,” which was not learned.
    D) This would have been learned, and thus, it would have helped the administration develop a new mindset, not simply a new rule.

    That’s the summary, anyway.

    • Good point, the punishments were not applied thoughtfully and ended up punishing the wrong people.

      Now we have a backlash against those punishments because the wrong people (ie. student athletes) suffer disproportionately. Which is why people push the “redemption” story.

      And the lesson isn’t learned.

  3. Please, Penn State got off easy. Ohio State ended up getting a year bowl-ban because a few students sold their championship memorabilia and accepted some benefits from people they shouldn’t be getting benefits from, and the coach didn’t report enough of the violations. Because the NCAA couldn’t be bothered to establish the bowl-ban for the season after said incidents happened (2010) and didn’t think the University’s self-imposed sanctions were harsh enough, Ohio State is out of the championships/bowls for the 2012 season, despite being undefeated this year.
    No, I’m not bitter or anything.

  4. Amnesia – Penn State got something that was too harsh for the wrong people (players, fans) and too easy for the right ones (administration

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