…no university should ever be as beholden to its football program as Penn State was. At other big-time sports schools, there are all kinds of daily hypocrisies that people avert their eyes from in the name of college football or men’s basketball. Sadly, we accept these hypocrisies as the price to be paid for the money college sports generates and the entertainment it provides. But at Penn State, football was of such overweening importance — and Paterno was such a godlike figure — that a sexual predator was allowed to roam free…
How about throwing the book at the N.C.A.A.?
You might have heard (click through the link above) that the N.C.A.A. just dropped a raft of punishments on the athletic program of Caltech, an apparently august engineering university with decidedly less-than august sports teams. This is the opposite of what it is likely to do to Penn State, even though at Caltech the rules violations seem to pale next to lurid stories of a pervert’s being given free rein in the football team locker room.
Indeed, the N.C.A.A. seemed to do next to nothing after appalling breaches at Ohio State, the disturbingly repetitive career of John Calipari and the baldly corrupt recruiting of Cam Newton. Not that any of that matters.
But how about a punishment for the N.C.A.A.? How about a “death penalty” for the N.C.A.A.? Blot out that dumb blue N.C.A.A. logo. Stop wearing clothes that have it, or cover it with a small piece of black electrical tape. Don’t take pictures of it. Don’t stand next to it. Stop saying the abbreviation.