There's no question that the penalties meted out to Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse affair are draconian, but they could be worse...much worse.
According to the Associated Press, the university's board of trustees - at least a strong majority of them - is convinced that the list of penalties, both fiscal and emotional, are the best deal the university could get given the severity of the case in question.
We agree with that majority and believe that the best course for PSU at this point is to take its lumps and move on as quickly and forthrightly as possible.
Further appeals and whining about the penalties only serve to prolong the agony and distract officials from the work that needs to be done to repair the institution's image.
According to PSU President Rodney Erickson, he was faced with a choice between the penalties that were ultimately accepted or the "death" of the program for several years, which would have harmed not only the university, but the region's economy, which relies heavily on filling Beaver Stadium every fall.
Erickson said the majority of NCAA officials "wanted blood" because it had discerned that the university had placed the football program in higher esteem than the university's values. This wasn't just a case of fudging grades or eligibility standards; this was a case of a cultural shortcoming in the institution's value system.
Erickson made the right decision, the only reasonable decision. It was certainly the only decision that allows the university to move on as quickly as possible and put this terrible incident deep into the fog of the past.