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Petitioning National Collegiate Athletic Association Mark Emmert

Punish Penn State for Covering Up the Crimes of Jerry Sandusky

WHEREAS Jerry Sandusky has been duly convicted in a court of law for various offenses related to his serial sexual predation of children,

WHEREAS an internal investigation led by Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, has determined that Pennsylvania State University (hereafter known as "Penn State") knowingly and willingly covered up Sandusky's crimes for a period of at least fourteen years, making him exponentially more dangerous during that time, under the de-facto leadership of head football coach Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno,

WHEREAS this hideous crime was committed with the motive of maintaining the reputation and resulting competitive advantage of Penn State's Division I NCAA football team,

We the undersigned are RESOLVED to demand from the NCAA an appropriate punishment for Penn State, above and beyond any civil or criminal penalties that might accrue. In particular, we demand a punishment keyed to the motive for the crime: toward that which the cover-up sought to protect, namely Penn State's football program. We suggest that the following be considered in the process of determining how Penn State should be punished.

That Penn State face an NCAA "death penalty" sanction -that is to say, a complete ban on participating in college football- to last not less than six years.

That Penn State be fined an amount equal to all outstanding athletic financial aid obligations toward students involved in the football program, operating under the assumption that every such student shall use the maximum amount of money allowed by such plans. The proceeds from this fine shall be placed in a fund out of which equivalent scholarships shall be paid to any such student who transfers to another school.

A waiver of the normal one-year penalty for students who transfer schools, such that transfer students from Penn State football will be able to resume play immediately for their new schools.

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