July 20, 2012

Regarding Sally Jenkins’s July 13 Sports column, “Paterno’s defense is torn apart”:

The unhealthy culture of priorities described at Penn State University can be found at many NCAA schools in terms of how they prioritize learning and athletics. So whatever punishment Penn State ultimately receives won’t have the desired effect toward deterrence. Instead, the Penn State situation will become a rule-breaking enabler, to some degree, because expectations have been lowered dramatically across the board at these institutions.

When accused of rule violations, lack of priorities or lesser integrity in the admissions office, the schools’ defense will be: “Well, at least this is nowhere near as bad as what happened at Penn State.”

Paul Bergeron, Herndon