Baskin's Blog: Still trying to figure out the NCAA after Penn State sanctions announced

CLEVELAND - It's hard to understand the NCAA. I often say, what is the NCAA? In reality, Penn State is the NCAA, so is Ohio State, and so are all the other schools that play sports under the umbrella.

As far as the punishment for Penn State, I have no problem with the sanctions against the Nittany Lions. Sure, it could have been more. I would not have been surprised if it was even harsher.

If the ultimate goal is to make sure that another Jerry Sandusky story never happens, then the NCAA's ego needs to step aside. If protecting kids is the objective moving forward, why didn't Penn State lower the boom on itself loud and clear?

Penn State had a golden chance to show the world that they believe this was a sickening, violent act against young children, who were silenced by the leaders of a major university for years. It's more than just taking down a statue.

The news conference should have been in State College, Pa. It should have been delivered by current Penn State President Rodney Erickson. Penn State should have told the NCAA that they know no amount of money will ever repair the souls of the young men that were raped. Penn State should have said, we didn't do the right thing for at least 12 years, and now we are going to go in the right direction to make sure this will never happen again. Penn State should have said we are putting a bowl ban on ourselves and we are reducing scholarships. 

It would have been a chance for self-reflection for a university that's image is tarnished forever by the horrific acts of one man, and those who covered up the actions. Penn State's innocent alumni, staff and current student body deserve to know that Penn State is a leader in education and preventing abuse from this day forward.

Instead, they look like a kid, who just walked out of the principal's office, accepting the fact that they have been punished.

Penn State delivering its own message would have been much more powerful than money.  

I have trouble listening to NCAA President Mark Emmert spit out of both sides of his mouth. You can't impose a $60 million fine on Penn State, and then expect people to respect the NCAA, when you are selling off the new Division I National Championship Game to the highest bidder.

This story is not about the NCAA's ego. Does it really matter that the NCAA stripped away Joe Paterno's wins from 1998-to-2011? 

It's a joke. This story should be about helping victims. Now, it's about the NCAA flexing, saying "Look at us. We are so powerful that we wiped Paterno's records off the face of the earth." Does stripping Paterno's wins make the pains of the victims go away?

The NCAA, once again, made this story about money and power. The victims are, once again, in the background.

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