By Enrique Cervantes
A few weeks ago, the National Collegiate Athletic Association broke the news that Penn State University would be forgiven for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. All scholarships would be returned, and their late coach, Joe Paterno, would have his wins reinstated. Paterno will have his place back as the winningest coach in college football history.
Let me remind you: Sandusky was convicted for sexually assaulting minors just three years ago.
Across the country and almost a decade ago, the University of Southern California had the same problem. USC’s star running back, Reggie Bush, forfeited his amateur status by taking gifts from an agent. Another athlete, basketball star O.J. Mayo, also did the same as Bush.
Because of that, Bush forfeited his Heisman Trophy in 2011. The USC football team also had its 2004 National Championship and 2005 season wins vacated, received a bowl ban for two years and had 30 scholarships taken away.
Critics have called these some of the harshest penalties ever handed out. Even Ohio State, who had a very similar issue as USC, didn’t receive harsh penalties.
So tell me, how can the NCAA say that Penn State has been punished enough? They had an assistant coach take advantage of minors on the campus’s own facilities. Bush took a car, and USC’s football program was ruined. I can’t see how you can compare the two.
USC had filed for the same leniency as Penn State, but the NCAA has said that the situations aren’t comparable. And they’re right. These aren’t comparable. In one, someone took a gift. In the other, an authority figure committed a crime.
This is the problem with the NCAA. It focuses so much on these little violations that do absolutely nothing to benefit the team.
I understand that college players are supposed to be amateurs, but how does taking a car even compare to taking a minor into a shower and sexually assaulting them?
Full disclosure: I’m a USC fan. They were the first football team I watched, and they stuck with me. This has nothing to do with that. If any school had the same situation, I’d be fighting for them.
Penn State suffered for three years. USC is still suffering, and probably always will with the rise of Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona. You can’t expect me to sit here and believe that Penn State had enough punishment.
Bush took a car.
Sandusky ruined his players’ lives.
Where is the fairness?
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