In the Sports section of today's Morning Call (Tuesday, July 17) Bob Costas was quoted as saying "Penn State ought to have the good grace" to suspend its football program. James Carville stated in response; "that's a really dumb idea."
I have respect for Bob Costas as a sports announcer, but he really has no business chiming in on the Penn State scandal. I agree with James Carville; Bob, it is a really dumb idea and you should just stay the hell out of it!
The student athletes at Penn State should not be punished for something that happened many years before their time.
Costas indicated that if Penn State did not withdraw for a year or more. He went on to elaborate; "But if they don't, it's a pretty good bet that the NCAA will step in and render its version of the death penalty."
The NCAA has no authority in this matter. So far, the NCAA has made no comment with respect to the Sandusky matter and it shouldn't, in my opinion.
Carvell commented that "Lives have been ruined, so the answer to it is, 'Let's go out and ruin some more lives.'" "Let's take a kid , a college football player, who was in second grade when this happened and let's suspend the program." He went on to suggest that we cancel all contracts so that every vendor, every motel owner in Happy Valley and lets ruin all their lives in retaliation. "This is a really bad idea," according to Carvell. I happen to agree!
Skip Bayless, an ESPN commentator stated in response to a comment by Stephen A. Smith (another ESPN analyst) as to whether the program should be shut down by the NCAA or the Pennsylvania Legislature: "This is the most absurd overreaction I could have imagined. This is the most evil ongoing crime ever associated with the world of sports. But you're connecting the wrong dots. The NCAA regulated one thing and one thing only. And that is competitive on field advantage gained from any of this ongoing evil? None was."
I am ambivalent about the removal of JoePa's statue; but we should bear in mind that the statue is a tribute to his lifelong football career and his and Penn State's accomplishments, not a statue praising his moral character.
What is your opinion on the Penn State football program; should Penn State play or not?
And so it goes...