Blog Entry

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems there is no coach out there who isn't capable of breaking an NCAA rule from time to time as even Joe Paterno, the legendary head coach at Penn State, can find himself running afoul of the NCAA. In a recent interview with ESPN for a show he's doing with Duke's head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Paterno came clean about a minor violation he committed recently.

Passing by Holuba Hall, where several football players were conducting unsupervised workouts, Paterno stopped to watch for a few minutes without speaking to anyone, he said. Suitably impressed, he returned to his office where he reported to the coaching staff that at least one player had looked good and caught his eye.

"You know you broke a rule?" someone said, pointing out that coaches aren't permitted to watch players working out before the start of practice in August.

Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said the university will report the incident to the NCAA.

"Our compliance office is aware and will relay the circumstances to determine if there was a secondary violation," Nelson said.

Bring the hammer down on them! Sanction Penn State back to the Stone Age!

Seriously, this isn't a big deal at all, and I highly doubt anything will come of it. Though it does highlight how silly some of the rules the NCAA puts in place. I mean, oh the horror of a football coach watching his players work out. Soon he might say something nefarious like "good job!" 

Comments

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

Right or wrong isn't the issue, he broke the rules. He's been coaching long enough to know the rules. It doesn't matter whether the NCAA rule is a dumb rule or not it's the rule and it has to be followed by everyone.  That's what make's it fair.


As for the issue blogged about, this is correct.  I think that the penalty should not be harsh, possibly even just a warning/probation as we are talking about a minor violation by a coach that runs a clean team (not just talks about it), but it should not be ignored or go unaddressed to maintain consitency.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

What should schools pay the athletes that don't bring in money like golf, lacrosse, fencing, rowing, field hockey etc. Should they get paid like the sports that bring in big bucks? No they are happy with their scholarships. The thugs who play football and basketball have to make use of their education. I don't buy your argument that they can't take the classes they want. How are academic all americans selected?  A friend of mine went to west va and graduated with a degree in engineering.  What aboutand the alabama qb who was a rhodes scholar finalist? 


I am not sure how this turned into another one of the 1,583,864 threads that seem to go the way of "pay the student athletes but I have to agree with thuggs.  The whole concept of additional pay for the players has become ludicrous and asinine.  They are already provided for to play for their university AND attend classes and that is enough.  And they do have options in attending classes.  Careers are there, if they want them.  In addition to those examples above, try this one: http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticl

e.dbml?SPSID=27898&SPID=2178&DB_OE
M_ID=5200&ATCLID=1242549. 
It was a few years ago being that he graduated in 1988 but is still a perfect example of the possibilities that even football student-athletes have, if they want to take advantage of it.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

Right or wrong isn't the issue, he broke the rules. He's been coaching long enough to know the rules. It doesn't matter whether the NCAA rule is a dumb rule or not it's the rule and it has to be followed by everyone.  That's what make's it fair.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:10 am
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

"Though it does highlight how silly some of the rules the NCAA puts in place.  I mean, oh the horror of a football coach watching his players work out. Soon he might say something nefarious like 'good job!' "

I am certainly no fan of the NCAA or many of its rules, and nothing will likely become of the casual nature of this violation.  But, there is a pretty good reason why this rule is in place.  Most people should see it, though I am not sure I would want the author of this article in my corner when trying to argue my case.



Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:35 am
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

You speak English good well.
andy....if you're going to rip on someone for improper use of the English language, at least use proper Enlish in doing so.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:18 am
 

Dont compare us to cheaters like Ohio State!

Penn State is ideal.....They are a class act from top to bottom. High profile guys are getting suspended or thrown off the team more then any other I've seen. They don’t bribe players and they don’t take kids who have questionable character. They take chances on kids like Evan Royster who actually played lacrosse for many years before turning to football. Very smart kids who have class.....JoePa may have "broke" the rules but in the old days "walking by a workout" did not constitute a violation. If any of you all would have attendedPennState, you would know that JoePa is ALWAYS walking around campus. Stopping at not just workouts but in classes in the cafeteria, in local restaurants and other well traveled facilities......Everyone needs to get a grip.....We are NOT Ohio State, USC or Oregon....We do NOT get the recruits that other schools get but we get the MOST out of class act players......It starts at the top and no one is better then JoePa! WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:15 am
 

Dont compare us with Ohio State or other cheaters

 PennState is ideal.....They are a class act from top to bottom. High profile guys are getting suspended or thrown off the team more then any other I've seen. They don’t bribe players and they don’t take kids who have questionable character. They take chances on kids like Evan Royster who actually played lacrosse for many years before turning to football. Very smart kids who have class.....JoePa may have "broke" the rules but in the old days "walking by a workout" did not constitute a violation. If any of you all would have attendedPennState, you would know that JoePa is ALWAYS walking around campus. Stopping at not just workouts but in classes in the cafeteria, in local restaurants and other well traveled facilities......Everyone needs to get a grip.....We are NOT Ohio State, USC or Oregon....We do NOT get the recruits that other schools get but we get the MOST out of class act players......It starts at the top and no one is better then JoePa! WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:42 am
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

You speak English good.



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:42 am
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

Stevephoenix, your comment is assanine, punk!




Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:37 am
 

Joe Paterno breaks NCAA rules too

is the NC2A the National Crackbabies Athletic Association? lmao


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com