One of our favorite guests, Yahoosports radio’s Travis Rodgers joined Chad on The Morning Sports Page Monday to talk about severe sanctions placed on the Penn State football program by Mark Emmert and the NCAA.
Although the punishment was severe and unprecedented, Rodgers insists that it was something that needed to be done. Joe Paterno exhibited one of the poorest acts of judgment that we’ve seen – not just in professional sports, but human safety and human interest as well. He protected himself, his brand, and his “grand experiment” while allowing his most trusted assistant to prey on victims for years, and probably decades.
Paterno created an atmosphere around State College, Pennsylvania in which he was more than just an educator and a football coach. He WAS Penn State football and he could not be touched. Rodgers states that the people in State College followed Paterno as if they were in a cult and the NCAA had no choice but to lay down the hammer to make sure this sort of idolization doesn’t happen ever again.
Rodgers also insists that the legacy that Paterno fought so hard to protect, is nothing short of shamed and ruined at this point. He’s responsible for lives being torn apart and a cover up that hid heinous acts from authorities and child protective services – All to save his good name and add to his hall of records.
Rodgers also maintains that the NCAA did the right thing by allowing Penn State players to transfer with no penalty. They had nothing to do with the acts or the cover-up. They are just the byproduct of a very horrible decision-making model. And it is unfair to not give them a fresh start somewhere else.
Take a listen as Rodgers backs the NCAA’s decision and touches on the top storylines from this weekend’s British Open Championship from Lancshire, England.