Don't get me wrong I'm not shedding a tear for the program or the university, but it just seems that there is something wrong with our society when the reaction to a decades long child molestation scandal is, 'Well, they can't play meaningful football for awhile. That'll show 'em!'
Also, I get wanting to hold the entire university accountable, but is that really just? Were the researchers in the chemistry department complicit in this? Should they be punished too? What about the female athletes, do they deserve to be punished? Isn't it likely they will be, if the school is bringing in less revenue and boosters for athletic programs dry up?
It's certainly easier to just punish an entire school and call it a day as opposed to launching a detailed thorough investigation into the matter (which has been done to some degree at least, from what I understand). But isn't it more just to find out who knew what and punish those people, instead of spreading blame to the tens of thousands of people associated with the university that knew nothing about it?
You say it's appropriate because the people involved in the cover up were involved in the football program. I say, 'Who cares?' They were all white too from what I've seen, should we ban white people from Penn State? Will that solve the problem? If this scandal happened in the math department, would society call for them to end or suspend the math department at the school? The fact that it happened in the football program is not central to the problem here imo. The problem is that a relatively small group of individuals within the university did nothing to stop heinous acts being perpetrated against children, when they could have stopped it. That it was within the football program is really irrelevant imo, the acts and the coverup would be no less disgusting and damaging if they happened in the chess club (though they probably would have received less media attention).
I say identify the individuals involved, put their pictures on the front page of the papers, embarrass them, fire them, and ruin their careers. To me that would be justice, not telling some 17 year old kid who was in high school at the time that the school he wanted to play football at can't give him a scholarship.
So the students, researchers and alums of the school all get punished, but the university president at the time gets to collect his lucrative severance package and move on with his life, and that is justice?
"We do do, and we do it at a very, very high level," Lewis said.
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