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Sanctions against Penn State unfairly penalize the student athletes who gave it their all

8:15 AM EDT, July 27, 2012

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I'm not a football enthusiast, nor do I care about how much a player gets paid or who is the best player. I do care about the goals our young people set and the efforts they put forth to achieve them. So why is the wrongdoing of a few eradicating the success of all Penn State students ("NCAA follows a new path with sanctions," July 25)?

Yes, football is only a game to most of the public. But it is a means to a much more important goal — a college education. The students who played for Penn State not only had to study to succeed in their classes but were also committed to practice a sport which overworked, over challenged and often injured their bodies. Their successes were very well earned.

I agree with fines for a school that looked the other way. But taking away the success of students who gave it their all both on the field and in the classroom is very unfair.

These students supplied entertainment for the public and earned equity for the school while getting an education that will enhance their ability to contribute in the future. Why are they being penalized?

Sylvia Carmel