Penn State and Bowl games

Can’t say I’ve been paying the closest attention to the Penn State story this past week, but I’ve heard/read a number of suggestions that Penn State should not go to a bowl game.  That strikes me as ridiculous.  Yeah, some bad stuff apparently happened, but it has virtually nothing to do with football per se.  Maybe if the whole coaching staff was involved in some elaborate cover-up, that would be one thing, but it’s nothing like that.  Sure athletes end up getting punished all the time for the mistakes of coaches, but those mistakes are related to the integrity of the sport.  You punish a football team because it’s coach cheated the rules governing football in some way, not because he’s a criminal.  Even if Joe Paterno had murdered somebody, that’s got nothing to do with the football team.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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