Significant Penalties

by Mark Wilson

$60 million in fines and cancelation of Penn State’s football victories between 1998 and 2011 is almost as good as disbanding the football team. Maybe better, in fact. The football team lives on, but with an appropriate amount of shame that will serve as a reminder that a sports craze — and the significant amount of money the university derived therefrom — should never trump a crime.

I’m also pleased that the NCAA revoked Paterno’s 2011 Gerald R. Ford Leadership Award. Paterno’s actions during Jerry Sandusky’s tenure as a pedophile were the opposite of leadership.