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The NCAA yesterday came down hard on the Penn State football program in the wake of a jury trial declaring former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child sex abuse, and a subsequent report commissioned by the school revealing that the late, legendary coach Joe Paterno knew about Sandusky's actions as far back as 1998 and did nothing to stop him, apparently believing that it would soil the reputation of his football program.

The university was hit with a $60 million fine, a ban on post-season bowl appearances for four years, and the vacating of all wins by the school dating back to 1998. Penn State also lost 20 scholarships per year that it could have offered students over the next four years, and is being put on probation for five years. And finally, any football player attending Penn State was given the right to immediately transfer and compete at any other university.

"In the Penn State case, the results were perverse and unconscionable," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "No price the NCAA can levy with repair the damage inflicted by Jerry Sandusky on his victims."
KC's View:
"Perverse and unconscionable" only begins to describe the actions of many Penn State officials in this case. The damage that has been done - especially to the lives of the boys victimized by Sandusky - is incalculable.

I remember that late last year, when Paterno was fired by Penn State, one MNB user - who shall not be named - wrote in to say that "if he was wrong morally its not good for business and is going to hurt ticket sales.  Poor move by Penn State.  Firing Paterno was like firing God."

He may want to rethink that attitude.

Y'know what's bad for business? Turning away when you know something is wrong. Putting emphasis on the wrong priorities. And generally thinking that business is the most important thing.

It isn't. And the Sandusky-Paterno-Penn State case will remind us all for a long time of what happens when you think that business priorities trump everything else. And what happens when you close your eyes to evil.