I had some thoughts about the future of the program with all the talk about NCAA sanctions going on and here's what I came up with:
The "death penalty" or "doing away with football" is not the answer. What would that solve? Who would that punish? That's right, the students, student athletes, alumni, the hundreds of business around State College that rely on football games to survive and feed their families. The people who failed? They do not get punished by that.
Things we know:
Penn State students, on their own, conduct the single largest student run philanthropy (THON, for pediatric cancer) in the world. Penn State football players, own their own, conduct the single largest student athlete run philanthropy in the world (Lift For Life, for kidney cancer research.) PSU alumni, within a week after the Sandusky story first broke, raised more than $500K for RAINN, to help victims of sexual abuse.
Why punish those people?
The answer is to play this football season completely for charity. Cover operating costs, etc, but all proceeds go to sexual abuse charities, including the revenue share from the B1G and TV networks (which could total up to something like $100MM). The sad fact is that in today's world, college athletics are all about money and greed (ultimately what got PSU into this mess.) By not making any profit on the team, that teaches the most valuable lesson about what's important. In subsequent years, substantial percentages of football revenues should also go to charities. This is how you learn not to be greedy.
If PSU gets the death penalty, NO ONE gets that revenue. If football is played, CHARITY gets it.