Finding Favor by Brian Jones, Free for CAPC Members
Jones helps us think rightly about the intersection of faith and blessing, setting straight some of the tainted notions we have picked up from the world at large.
Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.
By now you have heard about it. NCAA president Mark Emmert doled out a four-component set of sanctions against Penn State University’s football program in response to the gross negligence and failure to monitor the internal authority structures that allowed for widespread sexual assault of minors. The sanctions are as follows:
Thus far, sports writers have fallen into one of two camps of response: (1) Was this correct? or (2) What now? As has been the tendency with this column, I want to weigh in on the first camp of responses.
But first, a few cursory remarks:
With these in mind, let’s look at the sanctions:
I appreciate Dr. Emmert, but I would have preferred these adjustments. Imagine a world in which PSU becomes the symbol for child abuse prevention. What if the PSU community rallied to this cause? What if PSU fans spent money by the truckloads and it was channeled toward a child abuse prevention program? What if PSU’s football team made up of non-scholarship athletes routinely won six games (Navy does it consistently)? What if they could go to bowl games each year? Wouldn’t that be something to watch? And wouldn’t that be a cause to root for?
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