The statue of Joe Paterno has come down, but that’s only the beginning of the upheaval for Penn State university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky pedophile cover-up scandal. According to CBS things are about to get even more unhappy at Happy Valley. A source has told Armen Keteyian that “unprecedented penalties” are set to be heaped on Penn State and its football program by the NCAA. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Keteyian’s source about the extent of the sanctions, which will be announced during a Monday morning press conference.
What might these penalties entail? They could include the football program receiving the so-called Death Penalty, a one-year ban from competition. Scholarships could be stripped and bowl eligibility could be denied. But the word “unprecedented” implies something harsher even than these punishments. Some would argue there is no punishment too harsh for Penn State after investigator Louis Freeh’s revelations about the Jerry Sandusky cover-up.
Removing the statue may help some people at Penn State sleep easier but it won’t be enough to satisfy those still calling for justice.