Have to say that I sympathize with much of Huck's frustration. While the imposed sanctions are indeed severe and have good chances of knocking Penn's football program out of the competitive picture for several years, nevertheless, it is still in
I believe that the NCAA is a weak regulatory organization and growing weaker all the time - it essentially has lost control of college basketball and is left only nominally "controlling" college football. It had to be seen to do something and something significant if it wanted even a shred of credibility. I think that is part of the reason for the haste of its announcements. In a less high profile situation, it would not have announced such penalties until much more of the legal process had been completed.
There was a good article a few months ago in The Atlantic
about how the NCAA has morphed since its inception and that article explains pretty convincingly how it has lost any meaningful regulatory control over college basketball and how it is almost inexorably losing same over college football. The universities are making their own deals with media, deciding how conferences are being structured, have started their own dedicated sports networks, have much if not everything to say about bowl games and "national championship" set-up, etc. The NCAA is pretty much cut out of these processes or at best, has only one voice among the many.
Having said all that though, this was a really tough situation in which there was likely not a good way to sanction the institution without also negatively affecting people and programs that had had nothing to do with the criminal activity. And I also believe that what the NCAA did by allowing Penn State to keep an active program was totally driven by their own bottom line - this is about the revenue that will be generated when people go to the Penn State games. And I have no way of even remotely proving that
Right now, I just wish someone
could convince the Paterno family to STFU
They are doing nothing to help whatever cause it is they think they have and everything possible to turn people against them.