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08:12 AM ET 07.13 | After about 9 a.m. EDT, there were likely few smiles in Happy Valley, though legions of Penn State defenders certainly remain. It's doubtful everything in the Freeh Report about the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State is true. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his staff didn't interview Paterno (because he died). They also lacked subpoena power to make people talk to them. But even if half of it is factual -- and that certainly seems to be the case -- this is the most appalling cover-up and scandal in the history of college sports. And the NCAA must hit the Penn State football program -- hard. Yes, this a criminal case -- Sandusky has been convicted of abusing 10 boys and is awaiting sentencing.

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July 13, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Uhh, IMHO PSU does deserve the death penalty for the cover up but this article is stupid and points out no reason to actually punish PSU. Total logic fail here.

July 13, 2012  08:59 AM ET

IMHO these guys (more than Sandusky) committed crimes...of commission or omission. The judicial system should deal with them unless we want to grant the NCAA arrest authority.

July 13, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Uhh, IMHO PSU does deserve the death penalty for the cover up but this article is stupid and points out no reason to actually punish PSU. Total logic fail here.

Look at how many times the NCAA juggled timelines and extended grace, in spite of the facts, in order to avoid giving the death penalty to other schools since SMU. Auburn comes to mind first and foremost. Or course th e grace extended was to help the schools because they were already classified as "repeat offenders" and another infraction would have technically qualified them for the death penalty.

Does PSU athletics receive the same kind of grace? I don't think PSU is currently classified as a "repeat offender" However recruiting violations and pedophilia are not of the same consequence.

July 13, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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IMHO these guys (more than Sandusky) committed crimes...of commission or omission. The judicial system should deal with them unless we want to grant the NCAA arrest authority.

They didn't JUST commit crimes. PSU covered those crimes up to keep the CFB program looking good. The cover up and the intent behind it, not the orginal crimes, are what the NCAA needs to punish PSU for. This way the next time some HC or AC at another school does something illegal the school WILL report it instead of trying to cover it up (at least in theory).

July 13, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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However recruiting violations and pedophilia are not of the same consequence.

Unless the recruiters are the pedophiles.

July 13, 2012  09:10 AM ET

I say they vacate all wins since the 98-99 season. That was when the alleged cover-up began and it would most likely strip Paterno of the wins needed to be the all-time winningest coach. He certainly does not need to be help in such high esteem.

July 13, 2012  09:10 AM ET

"It's doubtful everything in the Freeh Report about the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State is true."

I'm not an expert and know fairly little about Freeh, but I'd like to think that everything in the report is true to the best of his and his investigaors knowledge. I would like to think they made no WAGS and just pout in what they knew and what were fairly logical conclusions. I have heard virtually no one who has read the report say, "There's a lot of supposition with no facts in this report."

July 13, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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They didn't JUST commit crimes. PSU covered those crimes up to keep the CFB program looking good. The cover up and the intent behind it, not the orginal crimes, are what the NCAA needs to punish PSU for. This way the next time some HC or AC at another school does something illegal the school WILL report it instead of trying to cover it up (at least in theory).

That was my point in the commission and omission comment. Isn't failure to act and/or cover up a crime?

July 13, 2012  09:12 AM ET

lets see....reggie bush got a car= usc bowl ban for three yrs, newton's dad shops around= auburn investigated, boise did whatever they did= investigated, oregon recruiting violations= investigated, miami got hookers and parties= investigated and outcry for death penalty, and i'm sure there are others out there but all investigated, no victims, no cheating, no real crimes.

penn state can funk a bunch of little boys up the **** and not a word is said about it.
anything wrong here?

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July 13, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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This is a criminal matter. This has nothing to do with that which is governed by the NCAA. I mean to my knowledge, their charter makes no reference to a given program's prohibition from yim yamming kids in the hams. Perhaps I missed it though. If I have, please point me in the direction where I can find it.

i was just saying kids from the other schools did nothing that was actually criminal, just frowned upon by ncaa but psu does this and ncaa says basically nothing.
but i thought of another one, BCS.........butt cumming sandusky

July 13, 2012  09:20 AM ET

NCAA needs to stay the hell out of this. Even though this is the ultimate LOIC, it's not a athletic problem & punishing the current players and fans will have ZERO benifits for the victims.

DOE should hammer the school. Law enforcement should send EVERYONE to jail that they can, and the lawyers should pick the bones clean @ PSU Endowement and Foundation. Let the school lose accreditation, pay hundreds of millions of $$ in civil litigation, and live with the entire world knowing your coach and school leaders put football wins ahead of protecting children from the worse form of abuse.

Go ahead and be a PSU fan and a Joe Pa supporter.....just know the rest of the world will view you as a fan of child molestation and someone who thinks winning footaball game is important enough to sacrafice a few kids for. Have fun in Happy Valley supporting your little football team and living like a Dome Homer......holdig on to a false image that died years ago

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July 13, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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You do know our comments are not long for this board right? I'll give us 20 more mins tops before they are stricken from the record.

still fun though. and anyone who says ncaa should stay out of cuz it's not athletics related, well it started in a locker, made it to coaches office, then on up to president. as far as ethics and conduct as a university as whole....yea they should step in

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