Penn State avoided the death penalty but that might have been a better option than getting drilled the way they did by the NCAA. Opinions have varied on whether or not the current crop of players and coaches deserves to take the brunt of what the NCAA considered an unprecedented lack of institutional control.
I am personally OK with the Nittany Lion community as a whole getting burned to the core if it means Penn State fanatics can be jolted back to the reality that Joe Pa was not in fact God hiding behind large outdated spectacles. The thing I am having the hardest time wrapping my brain around is the vacating of 112 wins starting in 1998. I get it. The NCAA wants to dim the lights on the Paterno legacy inHappyValleyso why not wipe him off the top of the record book. The only problem is that the games really DID exist. To be honest I even have a hard time watching them take down banners from the Fab Five era at Michigan or taking trophies away from Reggie Bush for being on the take at USC.
It’s a symbolic way of saying what you did during a said period of time, has no validation within the league in which you play. But I’m pretty sure people still showed up to cheer and players lined up to play the games and there was even a final score. Going back in time and pretending those games didn’t exist, for whatever reason, seems to fall flat.
Check out this tweet from former player Adam Taliaferro who suffered a career ending spinal injury while playing for the Nittany Lions in 2000.
@Tali43: NCAA says games didn’t exist..I got the metal plate in my neck to prove it did..I almost died playing 4 PSU..punishment or healing?!? #WeAre
Ichiro plays for the Yankees. Say that ten times and maybe it will start to sink in. The Mariners didn’t want to re-sign their icon after the season so the Yankees swooped in to offer relief. Great move by Brian Cashman. Look for Ichiro to find new energy in the Bronx and help the Yanks walk away with the AL East title.