The NCAA achieved just the right balance in the punishment it dealt Penn State University after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys while employed in the university's storied football program.
The sanctions handed out by the college athletic association and the comments made Monday by NCAA President Mark Emmert reflect the horrifying findings about the university's complicity in Sandusky's crimes over many years. Emmert pointed to the damning conclusions of a nearly 300-page report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, commissioned by the university's new administrators.
Freeh reported that neither revered coach Joe Paterno nor former administrators nor anyone else who knew about the abuse of young boys, sometimes on the school's campus, reported it to police or tried to stop it. In ignoring terrible harm done to the victims, they compounded it.