Pennsylvania congressmen Charlie Dent and Glenn Thompson are not happy with the way the NCAA handled the sanctions placed on the Penn State football program.
The two congressmen wrote NCAA President Mark Emmert saying that current student-athletes were unfairly punished because of an event that happened more than a decade ago involving a former coach.
While they do not excuse the events that happened in Happy Valley, they believe that the current players should not be involved in this punishment since they had nothing to do with it. Dent released a statement saying:
“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. 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.”
They feel that earning a free education is far more important than taking part in athletics, but the 40 scholarships that were taken away from the football program was an unfair move.
The congressmen said that if the NCAA denies their request to restore the 40 scholarships over four years, they hope to have the amount of money that the 40 scholarships represent deducted from the overall fine that the university faces. They believe this money can go toward academic programs instead of the school’s educational programs being punished.
The scandal will never be forgiven or forgotten, but these two congressmen make a great point: Sandusky and those involved should be receiving the brunt of the punishment, not the innocent student-athletes that give their all on the field today.