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QUESTION: Should Penn State Suffer The "Death Penalty" For The Jerry Sandusky Cover-Up?

Four high-ranking Penn State University officials, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s contact with young boys, according to an independent investigation released today.

Should Penn State University be allowed to play football this year after a report found a systemic cover-up by school officials of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky?

That is the question being asked across the country today, as the public continues to try and digest the findings of a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh into the abuse. According to Chartiers Valley Patch:

Four high-ranking Penn State University officials, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s contact with young boys, according to an independent investigation released this morning.

The investigation headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno, former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz all knew about a 1998 investigation into Sandusky but showed “no concern about that victim” and took no action against him.

“The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s,” investigators wrote in a press release. “At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch (football training) Building.”

The report's findings have prompted another question being debated by everyone from radio sports shows hosts to politicians: Should the Nittany Lions suffer the "Death Penalty," which would prevent them from participating in the 2012 football season?

We put the question to you, Lakewood. What do you think? As always, let's try to elevate the discussion.

Jennifer Chancellor July 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I was just saying the same thing about USC and Bush, Brent.
sudee July 13, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Was it also fair for UW to be slammed for Hobart's mess? Yes, this is worthy of a sanction. They kept quiet because football brings in bucks and that was more important -- don't get me wrong I love the game, but this was an outrageous coverup, far worse than anything done before and had they handled it better the program would have stayed intact but an example needs to be set. If they do it for lesser infractions, they need to certainly do it here.
William W Haywood July 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Here we go again. Let's rephrase the statement a little. Is Penn State more important than the rule of law? Should the rule of law be subverted because Penn State is so important, or is the rule of law much more important? If Penn State is a corporation, then it is also a person. If you, a person, committed these crimes, would the talk of the town be whether you should have to pay for your crimes or not? Of course it wouldn't be. You would be jailed, inconvenient as it might be, and you would not go to work or anything else. Putting criminals above the law,means we have no law.
Lakes Lancers July 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Take away post-season bowl appearances (no bowls for the next 5 years); allow student-athletes to transfer without penalty (a lot of student-athletes will leave); fine the program so much that it hurts the university (seriously, it's the State of Pennsylvania that'll be defending itself and paying the bills with tax dollars) and donate the fines to social programs within the area of College Station, but let the student-athletes that remain play the game at Penn State. About the clowns that allowed the cover up, the State of Pennsylvania should throw the full force of the laws at those clowns ... somehow, I doubt that'll happen. Could it be 'cause a class action suit against Penn State University and the State of Pennsylvania will be pending?
Remembervictims July 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Death Penalty for a minimum of 14 years (one year for each year of Cover-up) Of how about this? !0 victims at the trial. Another 10 waiting in the wings for a second trial in case the jury had found Sandusky guilty. Then add Matt Sandusky, his adopted son. That's 21 known victims. Only 1 out of 40 cases get reported. So multiply 21 times 40 and you get 840 Sandusky victims (just since 1998. So I say, give Ped State the Death Penalty for the next 840 years!

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