NCAA went too far with PSU sanctions

I am upset about the child abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky and the cover-up by Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier. The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by these men.

And that is my point. The five individuals were involved with these tragic events, not the assistant football coaches, not the football players, not the faculty and not the student body.

As a 1963 graduate of Penn State, I believe the NCAA president and executive board overstepped their authority by imposing very harsh penalties on the football program and, by extension, on the entire university.

The penalties needlessly will decimate one of the premier athletic programs in the country and could debilitate the entire university.

If the leaders of a corporation – e.g. president, vice president – commit a crime, are the junior-level managers and hourly workers punished? If a parent commits a crime, are his/her children punished for the crime?

The NCAA decided to use Penn State as a scapegoat example to thwart other university leaders from going astray. I think the NCAA should have stayed out of it and let the criminal and civil proceedings run their courses.

The NCAA is persecuting innocent people.

Donald A. Moskowitz