Like I said, I was on a tablet, so yes, I thought I typed institutional control but thanks to Apple's always helpful auto-correct it came out wrong
No, I don't agree. Basically the NCAA gave USC the death sentence over stuff that was not directly sports related. The USC community, as well as the LA community suffered from this. I'm still not seeing the difference here, and frankly if the NCAA lets the Penn State program walk, they need to be investigated by Congress for unfairness. It wasn't fair to the USC students either, why should the Penn State students be exempt? USC would have and did replace the football coach as well as the AD.
I'm sorry if I implied they should kill the whole program, I don't want that and didn't mean that. That actually also punishes the taxpayers who support Penn State as well. I'm only saying if the NCAA is going to punish SC then they need to punish Penn State as well.
How is the USC stuff not directly sports related? The whole reason the NCAA exists is to make sure athletic programs are competing on a level playing field and ensure student safety. Any time a student athlete receives improper benefits (like Reggie Bush did, or indirectly like his parents did, which influences him) or anytime recruiting violations occur that might give a particular school an advantage in recruiting then the NCAA should act. I agree the NCAA went too far with USC, but that was still clearly a case where their athletic programs were potentiallly getting an advantage. You can't say that with Penn State - nothing in the Sandusky case involves Penn State getting any sports advantage, which is why I don't see where the NCAA has any relevant reason to penalize the football program. And as for coaches and ADs being held accountable, nothing
happened at USC until after the NCAA penalties came down. Compare that to Penn State where everyone involved was fired within a few weeks. Compare that to a sexual abuse by football players case at the University of Montana last fall where the head coach and AD were fired by the school president as soon as he realized the scope of the problem. USC dragged their feet and looked the other way in the Bush case for years and that is at least part of the reason why their penalties were so severe.
Yes, you can point to general aspects of NCAA rules justifying bowl bans and scholarship losses for the football team, but the real question in this case is this - if Sandusky had been a former professor who did this on campus and it was covered up, but with no involvement of any former coach, AD, etc., would you expect the NCAA to penalize Penn State? I don't think anyone would make that argument. And if the NCAA does penalize Penn State over this, do they penalize all the athletic programs? After all, if its institutional lack of control that is being argued, that should mean that not only football but other sports should be penalized. It wasn't just the football head coach who was involved here. Instead we have people arguing that only one sport should be penalized because this case involved the former head coach who decided with the former president, former AD, and former other high official to cover up what they knew.