NCAA needs to make it count with Penn State

Tearing down statues just isn't enough.

While it appears unlikely that the NCAA will hand down such a severe charge as the "death penalty," reported that a source close to knowledge of the situation believe the penalties and sanctions will be so harsh the school would wish they had received it.

Isn't that the point?

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To try and prevent something like this from ever happening again?

To do what Penn State officials weren't able to do for the past 15 years — show strength in a time of crisis.

It's a slippery slope for the NCAA for sure.

Whatever decision the NCAA hands down on Monday will be scrutinized and criticized for days, weeks and months to come.

But it's long past time for someone to step up, regardless of the consequences, and do the right thing.


Paterno statue gone: Penn State officials removed the statue of legendary coach Joe Paterno from its spot in front of Beaver Stadium Sunday. More than 100 students and fans were on hand to watch as workers moved the statue to storage. The 7-foot-tall bronze likeness of JoePa had been a lightning rod of criticism after the release of the Freeh Report last week, which implicated Paterno in a conspiracy to hide the truth concerning allegations of sexual misconduct by Jerry Sandusky.

Big Ten can't fire coaches: The Big Ten Conference squelched a report it was considering a measure that would give the league commissioner — Jim Delany — the power to fire personnel at schools — including coaches. The plan, which was first reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education last week, indicated the conference was considering the move that would include the power to punish schools with financial sanctions and suspensions. The changes were proposed in the wake of the Penn State scandal.

LSU tops in SEC: LSU was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference championship by the media attending the league's annual media days. The Tigers received 129 of the possible 222 first-place votes. Alabama received 65 first-place votes followed by Georgia (14), South Carolina (6), Arkansas (4), Auburn (2), Florida (1) and Ole Miss (1). LSU (139) and Alabama (72) finished one-two in voting in the SEC West poll, while Georgia was picked to win the SEC East with 129 first-place votes. South Carolina received 72 votes followed by Florida (12), Missouri (2) and Tennessee (4).

Sooners top poll: Oklahoma was the preseason pick to win its eighth Big 12 title, according to the media covering the conference. The Sooners received 32 of the 42 first-place votes for a total of 396 points. West Virginia, which is playing its first season in the league, was chosen second with 339 points and garnered seven first-place votes. Texas was third with 291 votes followed by Oklahoma State (267), TCU (260), Kansas State (257), Baylor (162), Iowa State (121), Texas Tech (116) and Kansas (46). TCU, which is also playing in its first season in the league, and Kansas State each received one first-place vote as well.

Stadium approval: Baylor University's board of regents unanimously approved a plan to build a $250 million on-campus football stadium. The deal is contingent on the Waco City Council approving $35 million in public funds. The new 45,000-seat facility would be located near the Brazos River and would be ready for the 2014 season if the measure is approved. The school currently plays at Floyd Casey Stadium.

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