Originally Posted by NegativeZero
i foresee huge penalties, both criminal and civil, going forward.
Feds do not look kindly upon higher ed in general, with their general de facto self-governing status, tax exempt status, and major clout. At this point if I were BoT of PSU I would begin forming a strong team to confront this at all levels. Sports is important but not #1.
What is at stake here:
-Nearly $1B per year in sponsored research;
-Reputation as an AAU institution that cannot effectively govern itself;
-I am guessing on the order of $100-200M settlements paid out of pocket (I am assuming PSU is self-insured);
-Local and state law enforcement general failure;
-Major loss of goodwill within the alumni;
-A complete housecleaning of the football program;
-Mounting pressure for the NCAA, feds, or PSU to dish out serious probation for football.
Interesting run-down, thanks for the post. Also, because of Spanier completely botching the initial PR on this... BoT I assume has to step in and show committment *now* to redressing all the wrongs? Doesn't seem like time is on their side, and they need to get way in front of this to help preserve the institution.
As an aside, I have to say it constantly amazes me when organizations (schools, corporations, whatever), despite the obvious PR play, do not take the right tact and opt instead for inaction. So also wouldn't surprise me if BoT ****s this up.