Joe Paterno Wins Over NCAA Posthumously
Hot flash! The NCAA announced that pursuant to an agreement being hammered out between the parties, Joe Paterno’s 111 vacated wins will be restored. They’ll give one back to Scrap Bradley, too.
He’s Real Fine, My 409!
So, St. Joe now has 409 wins again and Bobby Bowden has fewer. Pffffffffffft!
So, Why Is This Happening?
The NCAA fears what might come out of the pending trial, that’s why. And I don’t blame them, because what they did to Penn State bordered on criminal. No doubt, there are other skeletons in their closet that Mark Emmert and company are loath to have exposed.
While we’re at it, Louis Freeh ought to be afraid — be very afraid. I want my $6 million buy tramadol with paypal back.
And now, what about the statue? LOL! Is it in Franco’s basement? Is it stored “in a safe place” like one of those abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels? Enquiring minds want to know. Will this settlement clear the way for the Penn State administration to begin restoring the glory of St. Joe, like PS4RS has wanted all along?
Name the stadium Paterno’s Beaver Stadium. Hell, call the University Joe Paterno Culture of Football University, for that matter! St. Joe is Back!
While we’re at it, USA Today published a piece giving a good timeline on how Penn State was coerced into signing the consent decree.
Read About It
USA Today: Did Penn State really face the death penalty?
Big Al says
I’m disappointed. I was really enjoyed watching those NCAA pricks squirm during discovery. IMO the settlement should have included the END of Mitchell’s oversight boondoggle and an acknowledgment that the consent decree was improperly imposed. I guess Corman et al figured that a complete victory wasn’t worth the additional legal costs and exposure to the “hazards of litigation.”
But, I REALLY, REALLY hate the NCAA and won’t be happy unless/until: (1) Emmert is fired; (2) the 25 brain dead PhDs on the NCAA Executive Committee are hauled into court and show the world how incompetent they really are; and (3) the Power 5 conferences leave the NCAA and establish their own governing body I could care less about the wins and Joepa’s statute. The NCAA needs to be punished so badly that they never lynch another “member school” in the future.
The Nittany Turkey says
There are a lot of things that haven’t happened here.
One is that the Freeh report remains unchallenged. although Barron purports to be revisiting it.
Another is that even though the NCAA got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they didn’t have to pay enough of a price to thwart such attempts in the future. They’ll just be more careful about who says what to whom and when.
What will be impossible to undo by decree is the public image denigration that Penn State has suffered in the process. Although some Sanguinarians reduce the culpability to Sandusky himself and claim that he was suitably punished, so that’s all that counts, there was nevertheless some degree of institutional irresponsibility — but NOT to the extent that anti-Penn State lynch mob feels. Read the comments following the ESPN article for a sample of the lingering hatred.
No, I don’t believe it’s just a simple matter of Sandusky being incarcerated, so end of story. The victims getting wealthy thanks to opportunistic plaintiff counsel (who got even wealthier) I can even condone to some extent. Money won’t wash those horrible memories away. But what the hell does it have to do with the football program? The NCAA, with the help of wimpy so-called leadership at Penn State, made it so.
FWIW, I still feel that the Freeh Report was a made-to-order justification created with tripartite cooperation between PSU, NCAA, and Freeh. Independent investigation, my ass!
I suppose our best hope now for exposing the extent of NCAA overreach is that the Paterno family lawsuit continues to move forward. The judge pared down the plaintiffs in the suit to eliminate former players, faculty members, and trustees. That pretty much leaves the family plus Bill Kenney. IMHO the whole damn thing will boil down to whose money is buying the best representation.
The vacated wins were always a secondary issue to me. They went into a void somewhere in an alternate dimension-no one got credit for wins after they were vacated and no one can deny that those games were never played and the outcome was any different regardless of what the NCAA said in 2012. So everyone is happy that St Joe has 409 again, even Bobby Bowden although he did ask if he was going to get his 12 vacated wins back. Probably the happiest guy is Bradley in that he can claim to be the only undefeated head coach in State’s history.
Yeah we keep the money in PA-the commonwealth gets to distribute $48M and PSU gets to keep $12 to be used for some child sexual abuse program endowment on campus. Great I guess. Can’t wait to see how good a job CoPA does in handling the $$$.
And believe it or not, the BoT voted unanimously to accept the settlement. I actually watched the roll call vote during their meeting yesterday and was shocked that for once there was no acrimony between the factions. Now if only the jackasses & elephants could get along so well in Congress!
But I like you and BigAl feel jobbed! I was so waiting for the trial to begin; Emmert sweating bullets on the stand, Freeh trying to show there was no collusion between him and the NCAA and Ed Ray explaining how he could vote on something without reading the goddamn supporting documentation first!! (Wait wasn’t that what happened with O’BamaCare!) I also enjoyed the occasional piece of correspondence that got posted that proved how big a bunch of jerk offs the NCAA truly was, is and will always be! But fuck it-it’s over and everybody seems to have gotten what they wanted.
There is an interesting article on PennLive that gets in to some of the “sticking points” in getting to the settlement (sent it to you via email, but figured I’d post it here anyway to meet my “column inch quota”.)
My only burning issue right now is that we haven’t heard from Mr Delaney & his cohorts in the B1G regarding our bowl money share. If you recall when we were allowed to play in the post-season this year, Mr Delaney quietly announced that he was still keeping the $$ (do you recall what the hell they were going to use that for?). I still think we should have told him to stick it up his ass, we aren’t playing anywhere unless we get paid our cut! It’s even a bigger issue this year because of the NC playoff cut the B1G is going to get.
So now I guess the clamor will start about the statue (which I heard from a good source is in one of Keith Masser’s barns) and naming streets and fields after St. Joe. I just hope someone has the brilliant idea to wait until the Paterno lawsuit is heard and the trial of Spanier, Curley & Schultz are decided before we go down these roads.
Finally, I find it weird that just about every article I’ve read in the past few days is all about this being the right thing to do and the NCAA over-stepping it’s bounds in implementing these draconian sanctions. Shit I don’t remember that sentiment being out there from the media when Emmert walked away from the podium that day in 2012.