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""They are hurting young people who are completely innocent of anything relating to the Sandusky situation and who through no fault of their own are being denied a chance to get a great education.""
Reps want PSU scholarships restored
January 28, 2013, 4:53 PM ET
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Two Pennsylvania congressmen want the NCAA to restore football scholarships taken away from Penn State, saying in a letter Monday those sanctions unfairly punish innocent student-athletes for the child sex abuse scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
In the letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert, U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent and Glenn Thompson wrote that taking away up to 40 scholarships harmed players who had nothing to do with the scandal that engulfed the university in 2011.
"I want to make it clear to the NCAA who they are really hurting with this scholarship reduction. It's not Jerry Sandusky and it's not the university," Dent said in a statement. "They are hurting young people who are completely innocent of anything relating to the Sandusky situation and who through no fault of their own are being denied a chance to get a great education."
A spokeswoman for college sports' governing body said the NCAA was looking into the letter. A Penn State spokesman declined comment.
The NCAA sanctions limit Penn State's recruiting classes to no more than 15 signees a year for four years, starting with the 2013 class to be formally finalized next week. Most teams can sign 25.
Sanctions also include a four-year postseason ban that began for the 2012 season and a $60 million fine.
If his request to restore scholarships is denied, the congressmen asked Emmert to deduct from the fine an amount equal to 40 scholarships so the school can use it instead to supply access to academic programs.
In announcing sanctions last July, Emmert drew the ire of some fans and alumni after the NCAA denounced the school for "perpetuating a `football-first' culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur."
Penn State historically has had high graduation rates for athletes. Dent cited in his letter NCAA data released last year showing the football team had a record graduation rate of 91 percent, which was tied with Rutgers for seventh best among major college programs. The major college average was 68 percent.
Dent said the statistics showed Penn State places education ahead of football.
"Thus, arbitrarily eliminating 40 scholarships to Penn State is undeniably and inexcusably punitive to young people" not involved with the scandal, he said.
The sanctions have also drawn criticism from Gov. Tom Corbett, who as attorney general headed the office that investigated Sandusky and won his conviction under his successor, Linda Kelly. Corbett has filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA and state Sen. Jake Corman has filed a legal challenge over the allocation of the fine money.
The NCAA has come under increased scrutiny of late, and not just for its response to the Sandusky scandal. The organization faces about a half-dozen lawsuits that could reshape how it does business.
The NCAA also announced last week that its enforcement staff had botched a high-profile investigation of the University of Miami. While Dent said he didn't know all the details of the Miami case, "it certainly should give hope to those concerned about how Penn State was mistreated."
Dent, in a phone interview, said he was hopeful there would be a congressional hearing on the NCAA.
The first day that high school seniors can formally sign with their college choices is Feb. 6. However, Penn State already has five recruits who enrolled early, for the spring semester that started this month, and their scholarships can count against the 2012 allotment which does not fall under sanctions.
That means the incoming scholarship freshman class for the football team this fall may have more than 15 members anyway.
This post was edited by gessig 18 months ago
Woody and Archie.................................. Alex being Alex, ....................................and Woody at Dennison
The NCAA needs blown up and rebuilt with common sense.
It's comforting to know that things are going so well in this country that these guys have nothing better to do than worry about football scholarships. Unemployment, border security, the national debt, inflation, violent crime, entitlement reform.....and football scholarships. Is it any wonder this country is going down the crapper?
Precisely why politics blow. To heck with doing the right thing, just get me reelected.
Duh... that's what's it done in every case of scholarships being reduced. Where were you two and your argument when other schools were / are paying the penalty? Did you speak up for them?
If they are truly concerned about kids getting an education....let them have the scholarships back, but those kids can't play football. Haha find out really fast if it's education or football driving this decision.
Welcome to the real world. The OSU players and fans this year would have liked to play in the NCG too, but thankfully there are not Ohio politicans wasting time lobbying the NCAA.
When I think about our seniors having to pay for other members poor decisions, (no bowl, loss of scholarships, wins forfeited, trophies taken away, money lost) .I could honestly care less about their problem and am tired of hearing them cry about it. If my memory serves me correct those turd were the worst of the worst. Laughing, making shirts, ridiculing JT, taunting our fans
Same crap different day
This post was edited by THEnutbuster 18 months ago
The entire point of the NCAA giving PSU such a stiff penalty was the fact they protected their football program instead of protecting the kids. So, yes, the scholarship reductions do hurt the school, that's what it was dished out to do.
I agree, give 40 scholarships over the next 4 years for an academic scholarship to a HS student that doesn't play football. See what the congressman complains about then.
Sorry, you cover up the rape of dozens of children over the years ... there needs to be harsh penalties.
And yeah, I'm sure these congressmen are really concerned that players are "being denied the chance to get a great education." I'm sure it has nothing to do with these congressmen being PSU fanboys, which was the root of this whole problem. Penn State was operating in a bubble for the longest time, only looking out for its best interests.
This post was edited by Dave Biddle 18 months ago
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Whiny nut jobs who still dont get it. If thats the case then EVERY school who has lost schollies should sue. Why wasnt Pa legislature upset when we got hit? USC? Those athletes didnt do anything wrong. What a bunch of morons. Yet somehow they are portrayed as victims and we as villains.
I agree 100% and just said thee same thing to my business partner. Give the scholies to good students that deserve a break. let's make that a new NCAA rule. Make sure the university uses the money for good.
The reaction in Pennsylvania and these two congressmen is like watching a bad Maury Povich show. It is as if they think by repeating the same old tired defense over and over again while raising the volume of their voice (threatening lawsuits and such) that they all of a sudden become right.
You know how to quickly identify the biggest idiot in the room? He's the guy yelling the loudest and repeating himself over and over. Nevermind everyone in the room thinks he's a moron. In his mind's eye he's brilliant and no one will convince him otherwise. That is Penn State and all these delusional fans of theirs. Calling that school a place of higher education is the equivalent of calling Lindsey Lohan a clean cut young lady.
This post was edited by Tripol 18 months ago
"Tonight, my butt's sore." - Mike Krzyzewski 11-29-11
+1000000000000000000 Pennsylvania must be booming for them to waste time on that shit.
First, if the NCAA backs down because some Congressman got involved then there would never be any sanctions. Second, why the hell is a Congressman getting involved in this? There is so much wrong with this country politically and financially that the NCAA should be near the bottom of their list of things to worry about.
Surprisingly (or maybe not, considering it's PSU) the PSU board seems rather confident in the lawsuit the State has brought against the NCAA. I have not followed it too closely, but do they really have a chance?
They also thought they were getting Urban or Saban or Miles and they were going to kill us this year and Matt Mcgloin was the best qb in the Big Ten. Do I need to go on?
This is the most delusional fan base of all time. Remember when they were all screaming we should get the death penalty??? Now their penalties are too harsh. What a joke.
No, they have no chance.
Return the innocence lost of the victims were were molested and raped and I'll be more than happy to return the schollies!!
+1, But you forgot to mention steroids in baseball. I am glad we owe China trillions of $$$ but instead of figuring out a budget our congressman are more worried about making sure nobody is juicing.
I love it. I say go for it personally.
As far as what's going on, it blows my mind nobody is really bringing up the reality of the situation here. My boss spent a lot of years in the legal system and we've talked at length about this type of stuff. Collateral damage is the essential building block of the justice system. If you create a punishment that only harms the individuals responsible it isn't a deterrent. They will see it as worth the risk of getting caught. Yes it's unfortunate for the other people who suffer for the actions of another, but how many congressmen are suing on behalf of violent criminals whose children don't have a father around anymore because of prison?
If you take away Penn State's scholarship reductions what deterrent is there in the future from creating or allowing a culture of the football program having that type of power? If you can just clean house, pay a lot of money for a coach, and move on like it never happened where is the downside for them? Some negative press and some fines?
Also Penn State does have the potential to win the first lawsuit about the 60 million. There is a legal debate that depending on the wording of the state constitution on whether or not the president has the authority to do something like this.
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