I think the technical term for this is boolcheet:
NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association agreed to a settlement with Penn State to ensure that $60 million in fines paid by the school could finally be distributed to victims of sexual abuse.
Emmert added Friday that the settlement was not an acknowledgement the NCAA overreached by getting involved in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation case.
“The reason that the association and the governing board entered into the these conversations was, again, to make sure that we were moving forward in getting the fine to go to the places that it needed to go,” he said during a news conference during the NCAA convention with University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz.
“We spent two and half years arguing that and frankly it was likely to continue to go forward as a running debate and discussion.
“Penn State has dutifully put in a trust account $12 million a year for three years and intends to do it for another two years and those dollars have been sitting there idly and that was something we all found very objectionable.”
Yeah, all that money sitting there earning interest. That really sucks.
If it was that objectionable, guys, why not use the NCAA’s money in the meantime to help?
The reality is much simpler. Emmert’s organization was being sued for its high-handedness and the revelations coming out from various folks under oath made the NCAA’s behavior even more questionable. Here’s the tell:
Penn State acknowledges the NCAA’s legitimate and good faith interest and concern regarding the Jerry Sandusky matter.
That’s what Emmert got out of the deal. Even that’s not much, though, because Penn State wasn’t asked to concede anything about the NCAA’s tactics.
So in the end, what are we left with? Not a whole helluva lot.
Legal issues aside, though, there will never be any winners in the Sandusky case. There will only be bigger losers than others.
Paterno earned back his wins but questions will linger about how much he should have known about a longtime assistant coach who abused children in the locker room showers.
The NCAA’s mishandling of justice should not equate to any large share of vindication.
The Sandusky story is as sordid and disgusting now as it was the day it came to light.
Penn State continues to “win” because the NCAA continues to lose. In part that’s because the NCAA, as an organization, is lost.
Well, maybe it’s a little more than that.
What does it say that the NCAA is more willing to back track on child rape than on payments to a student-athlete? Priorities, people.
And, finally, if there is one thing proven here it’s that the only thing dumber than Mark Emmert’s impulses is not fighting the NCAA when it sanctions. That’s some lesson to take away.