No, I’m saying regardless of whether Paterno covered up anything (I think he’s getting a raw deal, but that’s irrelevant to this argument). The NCAA was out of bounds to put sanctions on the program. The NCAA is there to enforce competitive rules, not to butt their noses into criminal matters of employees of universities. That’s what the court system is for.
It’s the same reason the previous NCAA administration chose not to pursue sanctions against Baylor for their basketball program covering up the murder by one of their players.
They went in there and found other NCAA **Rules** violations and hit them for that. There were no NCAA rules violations on Penn State, and there is tons of precedent for NCAA not getting involved in the legal messes of coaches who may haave committed a crime. So for the first time in NCAA history, they decided to stretch their rulebook to cover it.
Meanwhile, NCAA looks the other way at North Carolina’s student-athlete academic scandal that probabaly should have vacated numerous UNC Basketball titles. They also looked the other way on Cam Newton and Auburn. It woulda been a shame to wreck the BCS rankings mid-season :-/. Yes, sure, Penn State has a culture problem. Yea okay.