13 February 2013
Penn State vs. NCAA
Are you a college football fan? If not you’re just like me, I could care less about any form of football. Even though I’m not a fan of football the Pennsylvania State University scandal caught my attention. In 2011 former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 52 counts of child molestation with at least eight different young boys. Even though Sandusky was retired in 2011 he still had an office on campus because he funded the Second Mile program, a nonprofit charity that helps underprivileged youth; the program was where Jerry got most of his victims. In June of 2012 Jerry Sandusky was arrested and eventually sentenced to 30-60 years in prison. Investigators said that the molestation started in 1994 and ended in 2009. The president of Penn State, Graham Spainer and head football coach Joe Paterno were fired because they knew what Sandusky was doing and they covered it up for several years. Vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley were fired for the same reasons. They covered it up because they didn’t want to ruin the school’s reputation. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) wants to punish the school’s football program by shutting it down for a season or more. The NCAA feels that the University should have been more protected and secure by making sure that everyone on the campus was safe and making sure that all of their staff had a clean record.
The debate is over whether the NCAA should get involved with Jerry Sandusky’s punishment and penalize the school’s football program or not. Billy Hawkins, Professor at the University of Georgia believes that Sandusky’s criminal offenses go beyond the NCAA’s authority, meaning that the NCAA doesn’t have the right to ban the football program because of a criminal charge. As Hawkins said in the New York Times article “Repair an Irresponsible System” the NCAA’s mission is...