The Times writes, "The NCAA's action is notable for its swiftness and its severity, both of which were justified." I strongly disagree.
Why penalize current and past athletes for the deviant behavior of one individual and the failure of the late football coach Joe Paterno, trustees and administrators to take action when they learned of the abuse? Not only have innocent athletes been punished, but the penalty extends to students, alumni, Penn State supporters and all football fans.
Wiping out wins is revisionist history. Maybe NCAA executioners should reevaluate the criteria for meting out penalties that have little or nothing to do with violations that are intrinsically related to the football program.