PSU will obviously never be the same. I agree with everyhing you said Yank, though I don't think I'd give PSU the death penalty. (Sandusky should get the death penalty) The coaches and players there now really had absolutley nothing to do with it.
Well, I dont think they should get "The" Death Penalty and remove football forever. But one of the main points that the Louis Freeh Investigation and report made clear was the fact that because it was Joe Paterno and the Football program, that the school allowed Paterno to make the decision to NOT contact the police and NOT launch a thorough investigation, because of what it would do to the "Football Program". Putting aside that the actual acts by Sandusky in having sex w/ children in the Penn State locker room, it was the overall culture at PSU and lets be fair in all the top BCS programs in the country, that Football, the money made in endorsements, TV deals and Bowl Game, is more important than stopping a f***in' Pedophile and protecting innocent children from this f***in' scumbag, predator who used his position and used the Penn State program to facilitate his actions.
As great and as storied that Paterno and Penn State Football is too the history of Football, we as a society need to finally stand up and say " Enough is Enough". Football is a game and it's not more Important than the well being of Children and that starts w/ a very strong stand by the NCAA and the public that PSU should be forced to suspend its Football program for at minimum 2 years. Some of these programs like Notre Dame and USC, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State are allowed to just do what they want at these schools and we need to make it clear that these Colleges are "SCHOOLS". First and foremost. They are their to educate the men and women who are enrolled. This trend of allowing these "Football Factory" programs who never make their players go to class and get them tutors to do their homework and write papers for them and professors who pass these players regardless of the work they do is insulting and unfair to the kids who go for the education and degrees.
I feel bad for the students at PSU that they are now branded w/ this label and are now known as Pedo State University, but you reap what you sow. When the school gets away from its main credo of eduction, then you must be prepared to accept the consequences when it goes bad.
This is just another example of how we put athletes, celebrities, musicians etc,etc... on pedestals, turning a blind eye to what they do and giving them light punishment because they just happen to be celebrities and media icons. They should be forced to pay the price like anyone else.
I think if a program like Penn State is completely banned and suspended from continuing its football program and operations then it sets a very strong precedent and makes other programs shape up too avoid it happening to them. I think that this is finally going to force the NCAA to do their job and stop ignoring the violations that these big schools continue to accumulate over and over, year after year.