Penn State's public image a small price to pay
Most Penn State University apologists have decried the NCAA's punishment of the “innocent” football student-athletes. This logic, however, is as flawed as the dogmatic, heavy-handed, unafraid-to-crush-any-naysayers culture that was the genesis of this whole sordid affair and informs even now the inane parsing of the (Louis) Freeh Report. The team woke up Monday to find out they'll be intact, for now, but denied the opportunity to play in a bowl game or contend for any championships for the remainder of their college careers.
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They will, however, still be able to play football with the same team and coaches they had Sunday evening, or they can transfer with no penalty to another school. Their school now owes some people a lot of money and there will be some compliance officers around. They may indeed lose some more football games over the next few years but still, not attending a few bowl games and not contending for championships you weren't picked to win anyway pales in comparison to the compulsive and systematic abuse of children combined with the horrific cover-up that basically sacrificed these same children on the altar of the “Penn State Way” public image and seems such a small price to pay to destroy the power culture that birthed this atrocious evil.
Kyle Toal, Oklahoma City
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