Joe Nocera of the New York Times reports that Penn State knew that it didn’t have any jurisdiction to penalize Penn State’s football program as a whole for the horrific private actions of former coach Jerry Sandusky.
We lamented the punishment at the time as an affront to the “rule of law,” so to speak, and unfair to the team. Naturally, liberals in the media (including Nocera, as he decently admits in the current column) enjoyed lambasting the university’s “football culture” that supposedly contributed to the abuse.
It is fair to criticize the Penn State administration for enabling Sandusky, but it does not follow that the NCAA should punish the players on the field. It’s a bit too late for the students, players, and fans, but at least we can hope that the NCAA applies more rational oversight in the future.