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An Aug. 7 email from Najjar to Shapiro addressed the Penn State sanctions.
"The Penn State deal is a travesty," he wrote. "The NCAA did not impose anything. Penn State agreed to and self-imposed the penalties, waved all due process and waived any right to appeal. The NCAA had/has NO authority to impose any penalties in that situation and PSU's president sold the school down the river!"
The sanctions included a four-year bowl ban, massive scholarship reductions and a $60 million fine.
Miami investigation complains come to light in emails from enforcement staff member to convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro.
This post was edited by Sean Fitz 12 months ago
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
It's nothing we din't already know. But, I mean.
I'm not trying to sound like John Ziegler or some crazy ass conspiracy theorist here but it's clear as day that something very rotten lies within the most senior decision makers of our University and they were/are willing to do anything they can to keep people from ever getting wind of it.
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I don't really know what to think about that. Is the investigator in the know or is he just guessing/assuming he knows what happened.
And that wasn't meant to defend Erickson. I hate that pussy.
This post was edited by NevadaNittany 12 months ago
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I really don't know who to believe anymore. Maybe this comes out in the lawsuit, which seems now like wishful thinking since the lawsuit could just be an attempt to get the alumni off the BOT's back. Man the truth really needs to be uncovered. If this is true, goodbye lawsuit, goodbye everything. Our school would be in complete turmoil.
If this is accurate, Rod Erickson best find himself in a witness protection program. Dead man walking.....
Which would make emertt even more of a prick for hanging onto the sanctions so tight. if PSU self imposed why be willing to fight the state of pa over keeping them in place.
Im not saying its not true. It just makes no sense.
If true then BOB was lied to as well. I couldn't imagine him sticking around.
This certainly would explain the actions of Rod and the BOT and their desire to "just move on" from all of this. They don't want it to become known that they sold PSU and Paterno down the river.
This makes sense and would explain a lot but I'm a little skeptical. I think the NCAA would have let this information out of the bag and gone public with it when they were sued, thus ending the lawsuits.
I find this hard to believe. So the entire story by Erickson and Gene Marsh was complete BS?
OK - here is my questions to that. IF true, why is the NCAA involved at all? Why didn't Rod Erickson just impose them himself? Why get the NCAA involved at all? It makes no sense.
That makes it look like Rod Erickson called up the NCAA and tells them to punish us. Why would the NCAA want to do that if they know they can't?
Now, why would they even fight it? Why not just say that PSU wanted it, here's the proof.
This is real strange.
I asked this a while ago.
The PSU BOT is covering something up. What is it that they dont want out? The only reason anyone cowers up and does this is to keep something from getting out.
They are hiding something and something very very big and bad enough that they were willing to send PSU and Paterno up the river without a rope or vest.
This post was edited by white_out 12 months ago
Would it shock you?
At this point. Everybody has a different story. So at the very least, everybody but 1 of them is lying. The only one to tell a story thus far with no skins on the wall is this guy.
Just adding it up though, it is very plausible when you recount Erickson at the start before the Freeh investigation even started with his statement about "de-emphasizing football."
Emmert's ridiculous comments in the summer about athletics over academics fall right in line with that. So it is plausible.
At the end of the day, none of this makes sense at the moment because the full story is not yet known - and we have a certain group of decision makers who are desperate to have everyone act as if it is and to never look deeper into this. So, logically, whatever we don't know is what is driving that action and would help make sense of this whole thing.
I don't know that this really tells us anything new. Emmert and members of the executive committee have painted it as PSU and specifically Erickson waiving the normal process and the ability to appeal.
The fact that this e-mail comes from a disgruntled former employee of the NCAA who was probably not privy to the closed door talks of the executive commitee and Emmert nor the negotiations that involved Erickson, (also Possibly Coach O'Brien) and lawyers like Marsh.
Marsh has come out and stated that the death penalty was threatened. I trust him over most of the other individuals involved. Certainly does not give Erickson a pass though.
Actually that is a bunch of bullshit. He had to accept the sanctions otherwise get the death penalty. If someone told you they were going to shoot you, and you had to decide to take it in the leg or the head, what would you do?
Erickson is not a leader, especially in the face of all that went down. I'm not defending him, but as many have said I could not imagine Emmert and the NCAA would not have disclosed this immediately when the lawsuites started. There may be come truth as Emmert may have "implied" many things during the early discussions and Erickson panicked. We may never really know what and how all of this went down considering how slippery Emmert seems to be.
I'm not really sure what is so hard to believe about this. Take a look back at the actions of Erickson and the real decision makers on the BOT. Their behavior from the get go was not that of people trying act in the best interest of Penn State. They fired Paterno without ever talking to him, they accepted the Freeh report without review, they accepted the "NCAA" punishment without any kind of actual NCAA investigation, they have wanted to move on from this from day one. Something is rotten and it's coming from Old Main and BOT.
This is probably true. The NCAA acted to quickly after the Freeh Report was released based on how they normally do business. How long has the NCAA been investigating Syracuse and even Miami for their infractions? The NCAA makes the government look quick in investigating matters so it's believable that Erickson sold PSU down the river.
And also, why wouldn't the NCAA just reverse the penalities now that they're being sued by everyone? Why not just go "well, PSU wanted this.......here is the proof. If you don't want the sanctions anymore fine."
This just doesn't pass the sniff test for me. If this Najjar guy knew the details about this, a lot more people would too. It would have gotten out way earlier.
Not disagreeing that something is rotten. They've acted poorly the entire time.
I just don't believe Rod Erickson called up the NCAA and told them to do this all. It makes absolutely no sense. IF they wanted it to go away, you would think they wouldn't want any sanctions at all. Do you think people would ask more questions about a team under sanctions or not? The NCAA simply going "nothing to see at PSU for us, we can't do anything" takes the spot light off. Sanctions puts it on.
Uhh, have you seen Mr. Emmert? These questions are the easiest to answer.
1) Rod can't just self-impose these penalties. He does not have that power and him publicly advocating for those penalties would be factual breach of fiduciary duty to Penn Staters.
2) Emmert is hell-bent on being known as the guy who got tough on rogue programs and gave fangs to the NCAA. So this question doesn't even apply because "the NCAA" didn't do anything. Emmert took it upon himself to circumvent process and ask for "special authority" to hand out punishment.
3) Obviously Emmert can't just come out tomorrow and say "well, hey, you know what? I actually didn't want to punish Penn State but Rod Erickson asked me to." This was his opportunity to show how tough he was against corruption and abuse. The only thing standing in his way was the law and his authority to do so. By Rod/the BOT coming to him, he didn't face any challenge to his authority or the validity of his desired punishment. Furthermore, coming out and spilling his guts and rescinding the sanctions would make him (in his mind) a laughing stock and "further proof the NCAA is a joke." The only thing he cares about is how he looks to the outside world. And this is what he hangs his hat on. Whatever screw ups happen with Miami etc. don't matter to him as we've seen he will simply throw lower-ranked officers under the bus and claim he had nothing to do with it. But this, this is HIS punishment (to the public), so he will do whatever he can possibly do to continue to portray himself as the man who clamped down on PSU football in the name of abuse.
EDIT - Furthermore, from a legal perspective, "Penn State came to me and asked me to do it," would not be a valid defense against the antitrust claims being made by the state. And remember, it's not Penn State filing suit - it's the state of PA.
That would be like saying "well he asked me to pull the trigger because he was in a depressed state and didn't want to live." That doesn't free you from murder charges.
This post was edited by RWC5113 12 months ago
Not sure Rod is the ring leader in this, in fact I'm positive he isn't the ring leader. But he is the puppet.
1) Maybe you know more about the inner workings of universities than I do - but schools absolutely do self impose punishment. Look at Miami. Whether the president does that or not, I can't honestly say. Someone does, I was assuming it was the guy running the school.
2) Emmert had special authority, and acted for the NCAA. So yes the NCAA did punish us. We just didn't go before the infraction committee, but yes we are under NCAA sanctions.
3) I believe that Emmert could come out and say that PSU wanted the sanctions. I don't believe it would make the NCAA look weak, or him look weak. A university asked for sanctions, and he gave them. How is that weakness? I will admit that Emmert's pride would get in the way, but he very well could lose his career in large part because of this. Before he loses his career he would flip on Erickson that's for damn sure.
Ultimately, I don't believe Najjar knew the inner workings of the PSU deal. Again, if he did then a lot of other people would know too. It would have gotten out. I believe he's assuming like the rest of us that the NCAA has no authority, so something else had to have happened.
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