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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert, left, announces penalties against Penn State as Ed Ray, NCAA Executive Committee chair and Oregon State University president, looks on at right, during a news conference in Indianapolis, Monday, July 23, 2012. The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Western Editorial Sampler: Penn State's penalties ...

- Penn State: NCAA sanctions are justified - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The NCAA achieved just the right balance in the punishment it dealt Penn State University after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys while employed in the university’s storied football program.

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The sanctions handed out by the college athletic association and the comments made Monday by NCAA President Mark Emmert reflect the horrifying findings about the university’s complicity in Sandusky’s crimes over many years. Emmert pointed to the damning conclusions of a nearly 300-page report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, commissioned by the university’s new administrators. ...

... Emmert rightly blamed not only the individuals who should have put a stop to Sandusky’s crimes but an overarching culture of "hero worship" and widely held belief that the Penn State football program was "too big to fail," and too powerful to confront. ...

- Penn State's penalties inadequate, need to temporarily suspend football program - Deseret News Editorial

The NCAA's toolbox of penalties seems completely inadequate to deal with what former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky did and how head coach Joe Paterno and the administration at Penn State looked the other way. While the NCAA's penalties against the program, announced earlier this week, are harsh and potentially devastating to the program, they are not far from the four-year postseason ban imposed on the University of Indiana in 1960 for recruiting violations.

The sexual abuse of young boys, and the official decision to sweep evidence of those crimes under the rug with full understanding that such abuses were likely to continue, is so far removed from recruiting violations that it seems wrong to equate the two in any way. ...

- Penn State penalty sends a message - Denver Post Editorial

... We'd like to think most big-time programs would never stoop so low to protect their image as Penn State did. But if they needed a deterrent to behave, now they've got one.

- Penn State in perspective - Los Angeles Times Editorial

The problem for the NCAA is that the culture that led the university astray for the sake of its football team is not unique in big-time college athletics.

- Victims more important than any team - Arizona Republic Editorial

- NCAA takes direct aim at Paterno's legacy -- and rightly so - San Jose Mercury News Editorial

- Penn State scandal shows danger of secrecy - Des Moines Register Editorial

- NCAA hammer: Penn State receives severe punishment - Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial



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