While in Birmingham for SEC media days Alabama coach Nick Saban shared an idea on what he thinks Penn State can do to help out in light of the recent Jerry Sandusky scandal. Saban proposed that the school put a tax on football tickets and use the proceeds from the tax to help combat child abuse.
“What do we want the outcome of this to be?” Saban asked on Thursday. “Something that's a win-win for the kids and the people there now, the players there now. Maybe tax all the tickets that they sell and give the proceeds to child abuse … rather than worry about some punishment that's not going to have some positive effect on anything.”
This is a good idea, even if I do think there should be one major tweak to Saban's proposal.
Raising money to help the victims of abuse is a good thing for Penn State to do from both a public relations angle and just a moral perspective given what we know has taken place in State College over the last couple of decades.
What I don't like about the idea, however, is that it would be on the fans to pay the tax. Say what you will about the way some Penn State fans have responded to this fiasco and how it's painted Joe Paterno, but that doesn't mean it's on them to make things right.
Personally I think that instead of taxing tickets Penn State should just donate whatever profit it gets from those ticket sales. After all, it was the failures of people in authority at the school that allowed this abuse to continue at the school, not the fans.
Therefore it only makes sense that the school is donating the money.
It wouldn't make up for what took place at the school, but it would go a long way in ensuring that it never happens again.