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For once, NCAA did something it should have

POSTED: July 24, 2012 7:36 p.m.

Given the NCAA's usual hands off approach when it comes to major football programs, what took place earlier  this week was downright amazing.

Normally, the NCAA goes after small fish and leaves the big whales to get bigger, or hands out slaps on the wrist to those big enough to slap back, and spends its time trying to track down student-athletes who sell game jerseys for food money. This time, it practically dropped an atomic bomb on Penn State's football program. Scholarship reductions that will limit the school to the same amount of schollies as FCS schools like Georgia Southern, vacating wins, the $60 million fine, probation.

You know the story. If not, here it is in a nutshell.

The punishment is fallout after the Freeh Report noted that PSU leaders, including icon/saint/legend Joe Paterno, basically did nothing while former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky abused little boys for more than a decade, in essence leaving the convicted Sandusky free to continue. It's one of the most horrific and distrubing stories to come out of college sports -- out of any sport really -- in as long as I can remember.

Paterno, who passed away earlier this year, was a coach I long admired. He seemed to me to have built a program on honor and integrity, and that's why it's so hard to see that he could have done so much more. But as many are saying, this isn't about Paterno's legacy. It's about those kids his former assistant coach abused.

That's why I think for once the NCAA got something right. PSU and Paterno deserved every bit of what the NCAA dished out.

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