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IMHO, I interpreted this email more figuratively than literally. Maybe it's a flawed way to look at it but my interpretation is that the NCAA didn't have the authority but Emmert saw an opportunity to grab power and show his might. He convinced the executive committee to let him do this and "negotiated" the sanctions with Rod. The "self imposed" and Rod selling us down the river to me means he just went along with Emmert. Basically Emmert says here's what we want to do and Rod say, "ok but then let's move on".
Of course, non of this whole mess makes any sense. I do know the state has problems they don't want to admit and fix. I do know the 2nd mile is where JS got his victims NOT PSU. I don't know why PSU officials were so quick to throw us under the bus. I do know the outcome of the Freeh report was predetermined to support the GJ presentment. It seems like Corbett, BOT, and NCAA all conspired against us. I just don't know what to think or believe anymore.
None of them... They all screwed us, used us, abused us, & would see your family burned alive to keep their money & jobs.
PA National Guard should storm their homes & arrest them as domestic terrorists against the State of PA & her citizens.
PENN STATE FOREVER
As we learned from Louis Freeh, you can only interpret emails one way (whichever way would be most damning to the emailers) so I don't know what this talk of various interpretations of emails is about.
So close to finally agreeing with one of your posts.
Imagine the emails the state of PA will find during a discovery phase.
I find it pretty interesting Old Main issued a response. They at least gave some merit to the story.
I don't think they're trying to hide anything. I think they just caved to public opinion and thought they could appease the media and other ivory tower types with their actions. Remember, there was incredible anger about PSU when the scandal broke in November 2011 and again in July when the Freeh report was released.
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That is exactly my take as well. I don't think he literally means that PSU chose to self impose. I think PSU was FAR too willing to do whatever it took to get this in the rearview mirror ASAP, which included asking the NCAA what they could work out to avoid a 2-year investigation. Emmert smelled blood, swung for the fence, and Erickson crumbled like the stale loaf of bread he is.
... and then the BOT gave Erickson an $85,000 raise for his last two years, which effectively beefs up his retirement by 50K per year for the rest of his life. If he lives 20 years, they gave him a million bucks.
"We want the warriors"
Still one of the best parts of last season was when Erickson was booed.
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“Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns.”
This, this, this.
I hate doing this, but we agree again. I think we're up to twice now.
Well if this is true, it is even more clear that the BOT and our dynamic President are hiding something. I really hope the media pounces on this story. Too many people are lying need to find out ho is telling the truth.
This sounds terribly incomplete. It still further emphasizes that Emmert went rogue in these negotiations with Erickson and presented a sanction package that included the death penalty. Emmert bullied and Erickson gave up all his lunch money AND did Emmert homework. One doesn't get "sold down the river" if the NCAA claimed they had "NO authority".
Not saying I couldn't see Erickson self imposing penalties to bow to public pressure, but why such harsh penalties. If the NCAA had no authority, they why not offer up say half this, why go so extreme and damage your cash cow so badly? I think others have got it right, Emmert smelled blood and Erickson caved quickly.
What about both sides of the conspiracy theory being right?
Look I agree with many points, Emmert is a glory hound, Erickson is a wuss, but all of them are pretty bright. NCAA had to know it was overstepping its bounds legally - potentially, so Emmert takes advantage of Erickson (or Erickson willingly complied), and we ultimately come out saying we fully accept the Freeh report and sanctions and sign consent decree, to never challenge or we get the death penalty. Now NCAA has protection in overstepping its bounds, but at the same time Emmert gets up there on national TV and fully takes credit for pushing us down this path in an effort to display his new supreme power, thinking at the time no one will ever challenge it with PSU's acceptance and all (all the while hiding his true identity as the Emperor and the fact that he's planning to build a death [penalty] star). But at the same time Erickson saves face with PSU by saying it had no choice, even though we fully accepted everything. Genius plan, a continual circle of finger pointing with no final end, sounds familiar to what's going on now....
Then along comes Corbett and a the first ever negative % approval rating, nothing to lose, and so he sues the NCAA. That's the twist neither Emmert or Erickson expected and where we might possibly end up with some sliver of the truth - albeit a very tiny sliver.
This is the only thought-out response to Najjar's statement.
it's interesting to watch how quickly PSU put out an official response to this considering their lack of defense of so many other attacks on PSU. I guess when the attack is focused on one of their own it's a different story? Our university is being run by a group of people that are either corrupt, cowards, or both folks.
Yup, a pitiful disgrace that never seizes to amaze me by their ineptitude.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
I think this a very close to being the right answer
I don't know if it is or not, but it certainly makes sense and fits with everything I have learned. It explains how PSU leadership was compliant in getting sanctioned, yet at the same time upset with the NCAA and claiming they were threatened. That was a bit of a contradiction for me, but when you view it the way I laid out, it makes sense. PSU leadership drastically under estimated how much Emmert needed a public display of power and by the time they realized he wasn't just going to quietly work something out they were already deciding between massive sanctions or a multi-year death penalty. fools.
Assuming I'm at least mostly right, the really frustrating thing is that they STILL aren't fighting back other than a few passing comments about being threatened. I wonder what it would cost to get Donna Shalala to replace Erickson? They could have taken the millions they wasted on those PR firms and put it into buying some actual leadership to fill the void at PSU.... we would have been at least 100x times better off.
I agree with the many variants saying the same thing: essentially Erickson rolled over so quickly it probably shocked Emmert and company. What is interesting to me is what compelled this action. Many in the "elite-wannabe" ranks (Erickson and various village idiots on the BOT) felt the white hot criticisms that came most harshly from the cultural elite in our society. The very people that folks like Erickson want to curry favor with. To folks like Erickson, the true cultural elites seem like the "cool kids in high school" and upon hearing this criticism it’s almost too much to bear. Since they aspire to these ranks they end up agreeing with the conventional wisdom. Side note: Clowns like Erickson should be under no illusion however - they will never be allowed to enter those ranks.
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