Should Penn State’s Trustees Ratify The Consent Decree?
According to The Associated Press, Penn State’s trustees will meet this weekend to discuss possibly ratifying the consent decree they made with the NCAA pertaining to the sanctions handed down on July 23.
But should they? And what would the school stand to gain?
Part of me believes Penn State has a case against the NCAA, and that the sanctions punished too many people that weren’t involved. Another part of me is saying just move on.
Look at how swiftly the NCAA (Mark Emmert) came to the decision. You would think punishments of this magnitude would be only given out after much deliberation and collaboration. Completely the opposite. The organization felt like it needed to act quickly, so it gave all the power to Emmert, who got to rule like Roger Goodell for a short time. How can one man make such a big decision? How can one man ultimately decide the fate of a school by himself? Penn State may have a point there.
What would be the point of Penn State appealing? Well, maybe a reduction to the four year bowl ban. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was shortened it to three, maybe even two years. It might be sufficient, and it would give Penn State a better chance at landing recruits. Better recruits means better teams. And what helps create a new image better than success?
What about the vacation of all those wins? It’s doubtful that’s up for debate. It makes more sense than punishing the kids that are playing now.
But Penn State already said the penalties were fine. It said it deserved them. Now, after losing recruit after recruit, the program is beginning to see the effects of the penalties. Too bad. I think the school hired the right guy in Bill O’Brien; a guy that doesn’t care about the nonsense and just wants to teach tough kids how to play football. Let him. Let him do that by staying out of the way, out of the media, and accepting what has happened. Yes, PSU will lose more recruits. Things get worse before they get better. But don’t turn back now and start this all over again. Move forward.
For all our sakes.