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NCAA lays down hammer

caines | 7/26/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Finally we all have a reason to pay homage to the brass that run the much maligned NCAA. On the heels of the Freeh report and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sanduskys conviction on child molestation charges the NCAA has laid down the hammer on Penn State Football. We all have our opinions on what the late Joe Paterno and the university officials should have done when they got word of Sanduskys reign of terror over those poor children. So today I find it hard to believe that anyone would have a problem with what transpired at the beginning of the week when the NCAA took action against the university. As penalties go for Penn State, death would've been much easier to digest. Penn State was hit with stiff penalties and unprecedented fines that will hurt in ways that suspending play for a season or two might not have. They include: A $60 million fine, with the money going to an endowment to benefit the welfare of children. A four-year ban on postseason play, including the Big Ten championship game, bowls or the playoffs coming in 2014. A reduction in the maximum allowance of scholarships offered to incoming players from 25 to 15 a year for the next four years. Any entering or returning player is free to transfer without restriction (such as sitting out one season). Others can maintain their scholarship at Penn State and choose not to play. The vacating of all victories from 1998-2011, which strips Paterno of his title as the winningest coach in college football history (now Grambling's Eddie Robinson) and Division I-A (now Bobby Bowden). Paterno, for the record, loses 111 wins and now ranks fifth with 298. A fitting punishment if you ask me, though nothing can ever completely cure Sanduskys victims of the torture that was allowed to go on for the betterment of 14 years. Those victims had to start over and find a new beginning. Now and fittingly so, Penn State University will have to do the same.