I am extremely happy to see Penn State get hit with sanctions that should decimate their football program for the better part of a decade.
$60,000,000 fine (equivalent to average year of revenue for the football program) to go to nationwide (but not campus related) Sex Abuse cases.
Reduction in scholarships from 25/year to 15 a year for 4 years.
Vacating all victories from 1998-2011 (love the stain on Paterno's legacy becomes official)
4 year bowl ban
All PSU football players (maybe athletes) can transfer and be immediately eligible, and the school taking them in can go over 85 to accomodate them (provided they go under again the next year).
I called for them to commit to a voluntary death penalty themselves, and would have wanted the same for UT, but this works just as well, in that they will be also rans for a long time, and football should be in its proper place on campus now.
Also, in the form of a consent decree, so they are not going to litigate.
With removal of the statue, and agreeing to the consent decree, I finally have the feeling like the adults are in charge at PSU. Many of their trustee's had troubling comments (one calling the other presidents who allowed this punishment "pansies" ) that show they are below the character and standards that should reasonably be expected for ladies and gentlemen with such a positioni of power in a university setting, so I don't expect easy sledding for the adults now in charge in trying to change such a wretched culture.
The only thing I didn't see was TV ban for them, but the Big 10 weighs in at 11, they've said they don't want to duplicate punishment, so that certainly could be on the table.
I'd sort of welcome a television ban that allowed for airing the game on the local airwaves of their opponent, or in what would typically be described as that teams home market. I'd like to see the Big 10 give them the boot, but sources seem to indicate that was on the table, but not the route they are going to take.
I can't say it's a happy day for me to see Happy Valley get smacked down, because nothing from this is happy obviously, but it's gratifying to see them in a smoking ruin. I have no blame for PSU for Sandusky's actions up to 1998. Sometimes a guy on your staff is bad news (hello Cleve) and I don't hold institutions responsible for individual actions, but Joe Paterno and PSU bear culpability for everything that happened to every victim after they knew and turned a blind eye to the monster that was Sandusky, and I'm glad they will now pay. It's gratifying on some level, even though it will not erase the horror that happened. I hope that the victims now move toward having a bit of closure and healing of some very ugly wounds.