While I share in the righteous indignation sent Penn State’s way after the release of Freeh’s report, there’s something about this that leaves me a little uneasy:
NCAA president Mark Emmert told Penn State in November that the organization would be examining the “exercise of institutional control” within the athletic department, and said it was clear that “deceitful and dishonest behavior” could be considered a violation of ethics rules. So, too, could a failure to exhibit moral values.
Letting the NCAA wade into waters of morality has “Pandora’s Box” written all over it. Covering up a pedophile may be an easy call, but what happens when the next time isn’t so black and white? And this with an organization that lacks resources to do proper investigative work and isn’t bound by police power restraints… count me as somebody who doesn’t see this as a good move.
Besides, it’s not as if the NCAA is the last wall here. Every bad actor will be sued. And lose. The school will be sued. And will settle. Paterno’s legacy is already in the process of being demolished.
“Just do something” may make for a good sports slogan, but it’s not the best moral imperative.