I understand that in doling out punishments sometimes innocent people are going to be affected. I'd prefer it, however, if casualties were kept to a minimum. In this situation, the people who are truly guilty are going to jail. That's enough for me. No need to hammer a bunch of people who weren't involved. (And the "innocents" aren't just the football players, it's the faculty, fans, students, and businesses that are going to be affected by this, which is something I see forgotten an awful lot).
I guess the fans played a part in "creating the culture" but ESPN and the NCAA did as much or more than the fans did. I also expect this culture exists at a lot more places than PSU and if these measures somehow prevent such a situation from occurring again then at least they did something. I doubt, however, that this is going to be as effective as is hoped.
It really bothers me how much the NCAA rushed this whole thing and how they ignored their entire method of handling sanctions. Lack of institutional control has been charged a lot of times in the past and not once has that charge (on its own) come close to dishing out penalties like this. The whole procedure struck me as fairly arbitrary. I understand that "unprecedented" actions require "unprecedented" measures but I think a lot more thought should have been put into said measures than there was.
The fans and alumni especially are major parts in creating this environment. The players are the hardest collateral damage and they have the opportunity at least to transfer anywhere.
And no ESPN and the NCAA are not the ones who created the culture. And as for the old snail way of handling sanctions? This was an extraordinary situation that didn't need a couple year delivery process or an independent NCAA investigation. Penn St. agreed to supply the report to the NCAA and submit to its judgment. Given that what need was there for the normal process (which the NCAA has been violently criticized for making it too slow in the past).
How is big tv money not a part of the culture? I completely agree that the NCAA takes too long but there is a happy medium in between several years and ten days. Ten days isn't a whole lot of time to make what is at a bare minimum a $60M decision that will hold back a program for years. I'd have felt a lot better about the decision had executive power not been given to the president and then have him do whatever the hell he feels like with no chance for an appeal (if my understanding of how this played is incorrect, I apologize). I can't quite wrap my head around PSU's simply deciding to agree to all of this, honestly. I guess they were just trying to be contrite.