Did the NCAA come down hard enough on Penn State?


Success with Honour... that was the motto of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who -- until yesterday -- had more victories than any other football coach in U.S. college history. For almost 50 years Paterno and his program were supposed to be about more than just winning football games. He donated millions of dollars of his own money to the university. He turned out graduates prepared for life, not just for the NFL. That was the myth of Penn State. Yesterday, the NCAA rewrote the myth of Penn State. We take a look at whether the organization in charge of U.S. college sport got it right.

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

Part One of The Current


It's Tuesday, July 24th.

The family of former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno is angry the school removed his statue over the weekend.

They thought Penn State would just turn the statue around ... you know, so he'd look the other way.

This is The Current.

Did the NCAA come down hard enough on Penn State? - Panel

It typically takes a lot to knock a hero off his pedestal. But in this case, Joe Paterno did almost nothing. When learning of accusations that an assistant coach was sexually abusing children on school property -- Paterno was silent.

An investigation found Paterno likely misled a grand jury about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky's crimes. And e-mails suggest Paterno was anxious to keep the police out of it. Paterno didn't live to see his reputation in tatters. He died in January.

Yesterday, the NCAA stripped Paterno of his title as winningest coach in college football history. And it was just warming up....

To debate whether the NCAA penalties went far enough, we were joined by Gary R. Roberts. He is the dean at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. And Buzz Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, sports columnist for The Daily Beast and the author of Friday Night Lights. He was in Philadelphia.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson, Shannon Higgins and Andrea Cardillo.

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