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William C. Altreuter

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It seems to me that the right thing for Penn State to have done would have been to have said, "These horrors occurred because the importance of football was out of proportion to our university's mission. Henceforth we will be a D-III school, and focus on academic excellence." "Responsibility" has turned into a code word, and I don't want to fall into that trap, but wouldn't taking responsibility for this mess have to include taking the initiative on reforming the campus culture rather than just taking the lumps the NCAA dishes out? I can think of a lot of schools where the sports culture has so consumed the educational mission that a similar scandal could happen, but oddly enough none of them are D-III schools. Penn State is an important academic institution, and it should act like one. Instead it is acting (still!) like a sports institution. If the supreme authority over Penn State is the NCAA then Penn State still lacks institutional control.

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Agreed. Relying on the NCAA - which is really an organisation more about making money for itself than it is any sort of independent sports judiciary - is entirely insufficient and shows precisely no contrition on the part of Penn.

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