After all the insistence by Mark Emmert that it was necessary and all the outrage that led him to impose sanctions on Penn State without following any established NCAA rules because of the uniquely heinous transgressions that were committed, here comes the mulligan.
The NCAA, state officials, and Pennsylvania State University are in talks to reconsider the historic punishment imposed on the school stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, a step that could include restoring 111 victories stripped from the late football coach Joe Paterno’s record, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Also under consideration is a proposal to have the state and the university use the $60 million fine levied by the NCAA, the major organizing body for college sports, for child protection, said the sources. The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
Details of the negotiations were unclear Monday, but the talks seemed designed to stave off a court battle.
Those of you who defended Emmert and his organization for ignoring the process shouldn’t feel foolish about this now. You should have felt foolish about this a long time ago. This is just one more piece of a kind.
In the end, you know what this is really about?
Sources say the terms being discussed include a provision under which Penn State would acknowledge that the NCAA had the right to impose the sanctions.
It’s about covering Mark Emmert’s ass. And why not? This has been a sad tale of the ends supposedly justifying the means from the start, so why shouldn’t it finish that way, too?