In the context of preventing misbehavior by those involved in college and university athletics, the punishment handed down on Penn State University's football program this week was exceedingly harsh. The NCAA altered the record books to take away scores of gridiron victories by the Nittany Lions, and made it difficult for what once was a powerhouse to compete against other top football schools.
But the context was much broader than that involving most NCAA sanctions. More than technical rules were broken at Penn State. There, a culture of covering up anything that might adversely affect the football program broke lives, not just rules.
So what the NCAA did was proper.
University officials said the NCAA decision allows Penn State to move forward. But that cannot occur until everyone who enabled Jerry Sandusky to victimize children is found and punished appropriately.