Once again the NCAA has succeeded in locking the barn door after the escape of the horses. For a watchdog organization it succeeds in losing an awful lot of horses before it punishes the cows.
Of the principals in the PSU case one is convicted, one is dead, and at least two others await trial. The justice system is grinding its way through the muck to punish the guilty - apparently it works.
The NCAA, however, feels compelled to punish the alumni, student body, administration (which has replaced the one forced out by the scandal), the football staff (also new) and the student athletes - young men who had nothing whatsoever to do with any of the accusations. The Big Ten is also impacted by being saddled with a team that has no chance of competing, therefore reducing the competition, prestige of the conference and the potential ranking of the top teams who have to play a much inferior opponent.
The death penalty would have been more lenient. The NCAA officials have succeeded in reprising the Inquisition by the slow, torturous death penalty they did impose.
Overreaching authority has become a hallmark of the NCAA in an attempt to attain relevancy. As with many of the rules governing student athletes they are out of touch and searching for a way to attain moral authority. Instead they have succeeded in showing moralistic disregard for the people impacted.
Again they have been imminently successful in searching for the guilty and punishing the innocent.
(not a Penn State fan)