July 25, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich find it shocking that people would question the NCAA’s ability to sanction Penn State for the coward “look the other way” conduct of many people in their athletic department. The inaction by so many led directly to innocent children being molested. A Lewd and lascivious act on a child is a very serious offense, and in this case, Sandusky’s inappropriate behavior with children will leave scars for many of the victims for the rest of their lives.

The NCAA imposes sanctions when members of the athletic program violate “recruiting rules” and purchase sneakers for players. Additionally, when athletic boosters take out possible recruits to dinner, the NCAA imposes sanctions.

Then, how can it be questioned when the NCAA imposes sanctions on Penn State for ignoring years of lewd and lascivious acts with children by a member of their football staff?
What shocks me is that the “win at any cost mentality” is so pervasive in college sports today that has people overlooking what happened here.

Paterno is dead. It seems only one other person is going to be prosecuted for failing to protect these kids. Who else other than the NCAA is in a better position to punish Penn State?
The NCAA had no choice but to act swiftly to send a clear message to everyone that football “wins” are much less important than protecting those that abuse children.

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