OK, let's just get this out of the way: I think we're all in agreement that the findings in the Penn State scandal are horrible. Everyone involved (dead or alive) should be levied strict penalties, should lose their jobs and/or go to jail, all that. Just dream up the worst shit imaginable, and give them the worst shit imaginable.
But I don't know what this has to do with competition and football.
This morning, the NCAA announced penalties against the Penn State program that involve hefty fines, but also losses in football scholarships, bowl games, and a series of retroactive forfeits (which I always found absurd because you can't erase people's memories, but that's another discussion.), and some were even calling for the "death penalty" of the program. Generally, these sorts of punishments are doled out when a school skirts rules for a competitive advantage, but even though the events at Penn State were atrocious (and involved people from the football program), they were still actions of a few, dishonorable men. I'm not sure what punishing a bunch of student athletes and fans, who had zero knowledge of this incident, actually does. I suppose one could make the argument that "football culture" is what lead to this cover up, but I think that's a difficult connection to actually make and more of an excuse.
The game of football had nothing to do with this. Penn State football as a general institution had nothing to do with this. The people running the program did. It was a criminal act and the authorities will deal with it properly So purge, knock down the entire stadium and rebuild it if you must, but I will continue to question why losing scholarships and bowl games is the proper punishment. In fact, a completely new and clean Penn State football program may just be the thing the school could use to rebuild it.
Though I'm willing to be convinced I'm wrong!