Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Monday morning, the National Collegiate Athletic Association threw out its own rule book to join the mob of those demanding punishment for Penn State University.
This was an act of bureaucratic lawlessness and was justified by NCAA President Mark Emmert as he assumed his new job as NCAA judge, jury and executioner.
Wallowing in guilt and shame, PSU meekly accepted its punishment, which was spectacular in its potential legal pitfalls. The university handed Emmert the rope with which to lynch its legendary football program and the NCAA president took a zealot’s delight at the opportunity.One man's opinion: Mine! Read it all here.
The NCAA has a constitution. If it had a Supreme Court this decision would have been thrown out 9-0.
UPDATE: From the comments:
"We have rulebooks, due process and laws for a reason and it's not always to punish the guilty. As made clear by Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons.
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!Chew on that for a while. The More of Robert Bolt's play was truly a man for all seasons. Including, football season.