Like everybody else I suppose, I was fascinated and a bit overwhelmed by the news out of Penn State this morning. Jeff Schultz offered his opinion on the ruling and people have been commenting on it on AJC.com all day.
When this whole sordid story first broke, I wasn’t sure if the NCAA would weigh in or whether it would even have the authority to do so. Obviously we found out the answer to that with this morning’s stern rulings.
To summarize, Penn State was:
Penn State signed a consent form accepting all the terms, so that is pretty much that.
Obviously, sanctions of this magnitude will have far-reaching effects. It is sure to change the safeguards and checks and balances utilized at all major college sports programs in the country. UGA already does a very extensive background check on all the sports professionals it hires. That’s why there’s often a delay between the time we hear about imminent hires and when they’re actually announced.
Only minutes after the ruling was handed down, I contacted Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity to get his thoughts and observations on the situation. He declined comment until later this evening when he’ll address reporters at the Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club meeting at Cobb Galleria (5:30 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. program). Same thing for head coach Mark Richt, who actually declined comment about the whole affair this past week at SEC Football Media Days. So check back for their comments tonight.
In the meantime, I’ve already been asked if I thought any of Penn State’s players might consider transferring to Georgia. Obviously the Bulldogs don’t bump into Penn State in recruiting very often. However, Deoin Barnes, a defensive end from Philadelphia, chose the Nittany Lions over Georgia in 2011 and was redshirted this past season. I hope you’ll forgive me but I don’t think feel it would be appropriate to contact Barnes or any other Penn State players for a while. But it is going to be interesting to see how this thing plays out.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said the executive committee considered giving Penn State the death penalty but in the end chose not to. I’m not so sure.
What do you think?