Since the first day I heard of the allegations, all I can think about are the victims. The firings didn't change that, the trial didn't change that, the guilty verdict didn't change that, the Freeh report, the statue, the sanctions, the different opinions, etc. Nothing has changed what I think about when I read about Penn State.
Very powerful people paid a lot of money to do a job decided not to do their job and children were sexually abused. Some of them did not have to be abused if the powerful people in charge would have done their job. I abhor the "you don't know what you would have done" argument. The people paid to the their job did not do it.
I'm not worried about the impact on Penn State, the players, the recruits, the fans, the Big 10, Michigan's Big 10 title chances etc. Those things will be OK (maybe not great but OK). The children that were abused will forever have to live with it. I guess I feel some satisfaction that the penalties are severe so maybe people who are paid a lot of money to do a job just might remember what they are being paid to do. In the end, I don't really care about the sanctions. i just keep thinking about the victims and how it didn't have to be for some of them.