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As a person living in Pennsylvania, but not a Penn State fan, I often get told by people that if this was "my team," my views would be different.
But as a fan of Michigan, I can say without a doubt that if that university were to cover up such an unspeakable type of crime, I would want the book thrown at it.
And I am glad that has happened to Penn State. Universities need to know now and in the future that you truly cannot win at any cost.
These sanctions will hurt Penn State's football operations. They also further diminish the legacy of Joe Paterno.
But some people who will not be hurt by this decision are the current players and the community itself. A big reason I was against a death penalty, or a full suspension of athletics at Happy Valley, was those kind of actions could have bankrupted many businesses in State College and Center County.
Additionally, current players can now leave. Again, maybe they cannot achieve glory in a Penn State uniform, but they also will not be forced to play there during the duration of their bowl ban.
Ultimately, this is the kind of thing where it is hard to make anyone happy. In the end, what happens to a football program is trivial when you consider this stems from a monster ruining the lives of countless children.
But I feel these sanctions do a good job of hurting this university while not destroying the entire region economically. State College will live on, and in several years, the Nittany Lions can take the field again and bring forth a new era of Penn State football.
While the years following this will be the darkest in Penn State history, I am actually hopeful it will be able to rally around the fact that it will be a new era and re-enter the college football scene, bigger and better than ever.