Penn State was hammered by the NCAA on Monday morning but it could have been much, much worse. Penn State president Rodney Erickson revealed that if the school did not accept the sanctions that they NCAA had set forth, the school would have faced the death penalty.
Erickson said he signed the NCAA agreement because no better deal was available.
He said Penn State could have faced at least one year without football and still would have endured additional penalties.
So yes, the Penn State penalties were bad. The four year bowl ban, massive loss of scholarships, probation and a giant fine are not fun. The death penalty is something much worse. Then again, the penalty they took was just about death penalty like. It will take years for Penn State football to recover.
People may not agree with the football penalties, but the best part of this punishment was the fine. 60 million dollars are headed to charities that are meant to help protect victims of sexual abuse. That is a big deal and the money should be put to good use. If there is one thing to take away from this punishment, it would be that.
Penn State is going to take some time to recover. There will still be civil suits and the victims of this horrible incident will be getting money from the school. The football program has suffered for being placed above the victims. The death penalty could have done more damage.