President Obama Weighs in on NCAA Sanctions

President Obama recently made a campaign stop in Columbus, and he took the time to do a radio spot with 97.1 The Fan. Of course, being in the middle of Buckeye country, the Penn State situation  inevitably came up. The President was asked whether or not be agreed with the NCAA sanctions — more specifically, “Did the punishment fit the crime.” President Obama responded:

I think it does. I have been a big admirer of Penn State football, obviously Joe Paterno was a great football coach. But there are some things that are just more important than sports, and making sure our kids are safe is more important than sports.

And I think it was appropriate to send that message that we have bigger priorities here and we’ve got to make sure that we are always looking after our kids, and we have an affirmative responsibility to make sure that we’re preventing predators from taking advantage of them.

We have a war in the middle east, a debt that will take decades to pay off, and an 8% unemployment rate, but at least we know where the President stands on the NCAA.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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