Death Penalty for Penn State?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Death Penalty for Penn State?
Thu, 07-12-2012 - 5:11pm

There was this big, respected university with an iconic legend as its football coach.

It also had a pedophile operating in its program.

School officials knew this back in 1998 and covered it up.

They chose this “humane” route of covering up, turning their backs and protecting themselves rather than kids for more than a decade as boys went on being raped in the campus showers and on football trips. They did this because it benefited them, was easier for them and protected what they valued most — the football program.

Penn State should get death penalty-


The author goes on to say that she believes the football program needs to come to an end at this time, partly because it will send a strong message to other schools and institutions.  She also says "A big reason this was allowed to happen was because the whole economy of Penn State was football. If you take that away, they might learn."

Do you agree?

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:36pm
On the contrary, the penn state football program is self-sustaining and actually funds all the other sports at the college as well. No raised tuition at this school. And I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case for a majority of division 1 schools.

As for treating football players like gods, normally I wouldn't disagree with you and I personally don't understand the hype that some sports/teams get - but I don't think this is a case of treating them like gods. Just being disgusted that innocent students (and athletes) are being punished for something they didn't do.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:35pm

Actually it is the other way around.  Students will see fees raised to make up for the lost revenue.  Football pays for all the other sports(with the possible exception of basketball).  The economy of the state and local governments are effected. The small businesses are effected.  All the innocent collateral damage by an organization that is out of control.


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Registered: 11-13-2011
Re: Death Penalty for Penn State?
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:07pm

I think it actually helps students when their tuition isn't raised to pay for things like a football stadium and such. 

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:06pm

Its funny how   football players are treated like gods, when they are just people who throw a ball around. I wish our society would quit worshipping people in sports.