Anaxagoras wrote:Since players get to choose where to go to college, it's hard to imagine many top prospects choosing Penn State anytime soon.
Particularly with a guarantee that the player will NOT see a bowl game. That is a big strike for a prospect with NFL aspirations. He also knows scouts will take the school far less seriously. As one pundit/guru explained it, the NCAA bent their own rules so that teams picking up these players--who are
leaving in droves--will be able to add on the scholarship. In other words, if you are only allowed, say, 20 scholarships, you can add former Penn State players and those who committed without it going against that total. So there is every incentive for other schools to snatch up these players.
Regarding you previous question, they can and do. Schools have been stripped of Final Four appearances even national titles:USC Stripped of 2004 National Title
See the Olympics and other sports who happily retroactively enforce their rules. Something MLB may wish to consider when someone actually alive is running it. But I digress. . . .
I had the opportunity to hear the announcement. It is correct: the "death penalty" has a connotation. From a pure greedy not-caring-about-the-past, Penn State would have preferred the Death Penalty [Tm.--Ed.]. The infamous school that first received it received only a ONE year ban. They chose to keep it shut down for two. But there problem--nicely portrayed in an ESPN "30-for-30" documentary--they did not have the ability to attract top prospects without
paying them. This is why they continued after the NCAA caught them. Without that, they quickly sank and other teams moved on.
A one to two-year ban--leave aside calls for "5-10-FOREVERSSS!" bans--would hurt but, as one Talking Head put it, Coach Bill O'Brien could argue to prospects and their parents that they could be part of a rebuilding of Penn State, "new legacy you will build, blah . . . blah." The lose of eligibility and scholarships pretty much kills any attractiveness for the next five years and probably longer. What prospect wishes to start up in a "loser school." He wants to be seen, get a chance to win, be seen, be seen winning, be seen, et cetera
I see the argument for a Death Penalty for five years, but consider this--just thought of it--NOW all of the idiot Penn State supporters who STILL try to apologize for "Joe Pa" and the rest will have to watch their team SUCK for five to ten years. There will be games. There will be "real games." I have not looked to see if the Big Ten have ruled, but Penn State becomes a Bye Week on any schedule. It will be miserable for these types of people whose money and support rather drove the whole thing. Paterno had power because he generated $$$$ from alumni, fans, boosters, television contracts, and all of that.
Just ask Red Sox fans how they feel currently.
That is the future of Penn State for the next half to probably whole decade.