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Not 'death,' but something like it

A new standard of misconduct warranted a new standard of punishment

Originally Published: July 23, 2012
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

We Were … Penn State.

In the 3 minutes and 14 seconds it took NCAA president Mark Emmert to announce the details of the NCAA's surgical and devastating sanctions Monday morning, the Penn State that Joe Paterno once ruled for decades ceased to exist. It was removed as if it were a years-old wart, too unsightly to endure anymore.

The NCAA, with Penn State's grim blessings, didn't impose the so-called death penalty. It went much further than that. It ordered the university ...

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