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Deke: NCAA's Penn State sanctions...It had to be done!

The landscape of college football has changed forever!  The date of Monday July 23rd, 2012 will forever be remembered for many things.  But most importantly, it will be noted for the NCAA doing the right thing.

The President of the NCAA laid down the hammer on one of sports' most prized institutions, and he did so with the world listening and watching.  NCAA's Top Dog (and former Chancellor of LSU) Mark Emmert levied penalties on Penn State that will not likely ever be duplicated again. 

For their non-involvement in helping many victims and their involvement in covering up the worst scandal ever in the history of college sports, Penn State football is basically in its knees and will have to completely rebuild. The question—are the people of Penn State bigger than the scandal?

But with that said, it’s hard to imagine that anything could be worse than what Emmert did levy on Penn State.  Five years of probation, a four-year bowl ban, and Penn State must also reduce 10 initial scholarships and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period, and pay $60 million dollar fine.  Those are the big penalties that Penn State must now deal with.

But that’s only half of the story!  The once-sometimes called ''God'' of college football has been stripped of wins dating back to the 1998 season, which has dropped the late Joe Paterno from 1st on the all-time win list to 12th.  And now, when you look at the foundation of the PSU Football Program, the school itself, and Paterno’s Legacy, Penn State must now literally start from scratch with nothing to sell their potential students or recruits on!

Yes, you see for years students and athletes alike have attended Penn State University for one reason and one reason only, and that is Joe Paterno and Penn State Football.  Now, with all of the tradition and history wiped out and stricken from the record books, what Penn State higher-ups will do to try and begin repairing all of this damage will be interesting to see.

Coaches will no longer be able to sit in the kitchens and living rooms of recruits and bring up the history of Joe Paterno.  Instead those very same coaches will have to sell parents and recruits on something that is new.  Like a new beginning.

I think as fans in general we have all thought of Penn State and Joe Paterno as one and the same, and for nearly seventy years that has been something that has been in place.  Now a once-proud university, that prided itself in keeping a clean football program with a coach that was old-school and considered like a father, must try and distance itself from the very same person it built its solid foundation upon.

I understand that this had to be done, in order to try and pick up the pieces. Move forward, and begin what is the so-called healing process that all of these penalties were the right call by the NCAA.

But to those who grew up, to those who followed, and yes those of us that loved Joe Paterno must now also begin to move on.  Regardless if you played for Paterno or just admired what we thought he stood for, from afar this is all really sinking in even more now.

And as the construction workers began to take down Paterno’s statue on Sunday morning right outside of Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley, the mood was anything but happy.  And many of us, including myself, also took down our pictures of Joe Pa.  It was something that we, and I you all had to do.  It was not just the right thing to do...It was the only thing to do! 

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07/23/2012 11:39AM
Deke: NCAA's Penn State sanctions...It had to be done!
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07/23/2012 2:57PM
Punishing the Future for the Past
I disagree that "It was the only thing to do". The fine and how it is to be used in my opinion is right. Stripping Paterno of the wins from the grave is also in my opinion a correct action. But to disable the football program is ludicrous. The 'program' did not do this, the people behind the program did this. They need to be dealt with in the severest of manners. And yes, pull the statue of Paterno. Strip the institution of his name, the names of the past coaching staff he had, and all of the executive staff that covered this mess up. But pulling scholarships and bowl games hurts the student athletes, the school, and the state. Cleaning house and starting over is right, but don't cut the legs and arms off of the people and the program you wish to start over with. Ludicrous.....MB
07/23/2012 5:11PM
Shayna Rose
you guys must keep that girl around to have some tits in the office. she fucks up every newscast
07/23/2012 6:01PM
TV ?
It does not appear that Penn State football has been banned from TV appearances. Is that correct? If so, I am disappointed. The no. of TV appearances is one of the main reasons recruits choose a school. Without the ban on TV, PSU will still recruit better than the MAC schools. That should not be the case. Hopefully the networks impose an artificial TV ban on Penn State.
07/24/2012 9:00AM
I traded one for another
You know Deke I too have taken down my photo of JoPa and replaced it with #20 carrying the ball against Ole Miss in 1959. And yes, I was there. Same seats. Traded an alleged felon for a convicted one. Whats a person to do? Seriously considered leaving JoPa hanging as a cautionary tale of the dangers of power. Michael Fajoni, M.D.
07/24/2012 11:37AM
Deke was an arse to the callers last night.
I lost a lot of respect for Deke last night because of the way he handled two lady callers last night. He tried to make them look stupid for stating that innocent people were punished at Penn State even though they were correct. I expected more than thatfrom a professional.
07/25/2012 11:54AM
I just wanted to tell deke that wins should have been taken away from Joe Paterno.He merited that on the field.Yes he covered this up which just pure stupidty.you do not sacfrifice children for your sake . you there to protect them. I loved Joe growing up but what away to ruin a career and a legacy.great coach bad decision !!
07/26/2012 8:19AM
Jo Pa
The evil that men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones!
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