NCAA hit innocents

August 4, 2012

I am upset about the child abuse committed by Sandusky and the cover-up by Paterno, Curley, Schulz and Spanier [July 23 IBJ]. The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by these men.

And that is my point. The five individuals were involved with these tragic events, not the assistant football coaches, not the football players, not the faculty and not the student body.

The NCAA president and executive board overstepped their authority by imposing very harsh penalties on the Penn State football program and by extension on the entire university. The penalties will needlessly decimate one of the premier athletic programs in the country and could debilitate the entire university.

If the leaders of a corporation, such as the president, commit a crime, are the junior-level managers and hourly workers punished? If a parent commits a crime, are his or her children punished for the crime?

I think the NCAA should have stayed out of it and let the criminal and civil proceedings run their courses. The NCAA is persecuting innocent people.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, N.H.

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