Sports: Penn State's abuse: National Collegiate Athletics Association plunders state tax-payers to underwrite out-of-state athletics and causes
What a cheap and sleazy outfit the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is turning out to be. Their self-advertized attempt to "punish" the tax-payers of Pennsylvania by diverting tax dollars from the state to causes all over the continent sinks to the character-level of the heinous criminal now behind bars. Like a flock of vultures feeding on carrion, NCAA is trying to cover its own its own mendacious avarice by pretending there is something juridical about gouging Pennsylvanians who must foot the bill for a self-admiring clique of Wink-and-Nodders in the sports hierarchy of Pennsylvania State University, to which for too long the shoud-have-been academic leadership kowtowed for fear of less contributions from alumni — or of student opinion — or of what? It certainly is a good idea to gather funds to pour back into civic programs, including athletics on all levels in the state where sexual abuse by coaches, teachers and other students in high schools needs to be rooted out. Also, bullying in general by self-overestimating jocks needs to get a real wallop. The privileging of jocks in high schools, colleges, and universities is a cultural pattern that needs to be broken in Pennsylvania, but the taxpayers who finance education in the state, the Commonwealth, shoud not have to pay for programs elsewhere. The NCAA is simply giving us more of the same, plunder the institution, plunder the students, plunder the tax-payers to make themselves look good, give their functionaries personal power by sending funds in one direction instead of another, it's all a pile of sports arrogance in the academic world. Maybe we need a separation of sports and academy. Sports corrupted Penn State. Let free and independent sports associations be responsible for the entirety of their budgets and expenditures, recruitment of players and personnel, and their sexual conduct — not sponge off academic institutions, molest students, and then inappropriately punish tax-payers who never authorized molestation rights for this super-jock hierarchs. All a university needs in the way of sports is intramural games to encourage exericize of those who may become too sedentary. The elevation of good players into a pampered élite defeats the purpose of the university which is basically a place to cultivate the mind, not the biceps and abs.
— Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports newspotter, analyst, columnist
Christian Science Monitor (Dec3,2k13)