By David Dodge, CEO
Sports Officiating Consulting, LLC
In early June, three former Penn State University administrators were sentenced to prison terms in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. For the former PSU president, the senior VP for finance and business, and the athletic director, the jail terms are for only a few months, but they were also penalized with probation, fines, and house arrest. While their time served behind bars will likely be in a minimum security prison, their loss of freedom will be a harsh reminder of their wrongdoing. The three former administrators were sentenced for failing to report and investigate a 2001 allegation that assistant football coach Sandusky was molesting young boys.
Now another shoe has dropped on the college athletic scene with the NCAA’s imposition of penalties leveled against the University of Louisville and its men’s basketball coach, Rick Pitino. After completing its investigation of Katrina Powell’s allegations that she and other escorts were hired to have sex parties for Louisville recruits and players, antics the NCAA described as “repugnant,” it benched Coach Pitino for five conference games while imposing several other penalties including vacating wins in which ineligible players participated, placing the basketball program on four years’ probation, and issuing a 10-year show-cause order for Louisville’s former basketball operations director. [Read more…]