WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Earlier this week, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that due to Penn State football’s “leadership and their willingness to drive change,” the NCAA would begin the process of restoring scholarships taken from the program as penalty for negligence in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
A little over a year after Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse – of young boys over a 15-year period as an assistant on the team – the NCAA is enacting its equivalent of letting the program, led by head football coach Bill O’Brien, out of jail early on good behavior.
Instead of being without 10 initial scholarships for the next three years, the Nittany Lions will now have five returned each year, completely restoring the program to even-strength with non-penalized schools by 2015-16.
Penn State’s four-year postseason ban, which prevents the team from participating in bowl games or the playoff system slated to be implemented next year, remains unscathed.
Many, particularly those who aren’t graduates of the previously pristine university, were irate over the NCAA’s perceived backpedalling.
One of those offended, was CBS Sports Radio host Scott Ferrall, who, only with a gun to the head, could be described in a word as unabashed. He unleashed his fury on the NCAA Thursday evening for its ruling, in a rant on his nationally syndicated radio show, which could be heard on 106.7 The Fan.
“And then less than a year later, when the one guy’s off doing life in prison and the coach is dead, and everybody else lost their careers, you’re gonna tell me that they’ve somehow bought integrity somewhere at the Five and Dime store?” Ferrall questioned, within earshot of a massive continent of Penn State alumni.
“And they went out for ice cream one day and they all went around on the block on their bicycles, and went for a walk with mommy in the park and they found integrity?” Ferrall ranted on. “Because they want to win football games? And fill the hundred-thousand seat stadium? And suddenly they should be washed of their sins of the two-decade rampage on children?!”
“That suddenly they’ve found morality!”
This four-minute rant is a slow burn.
Listen below. Follow Ferrall on Twitter.