By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Bryan Scott isn't going to make excuses for his alma mater, and he's not about to whine about the punishment.
He spoke with Buffalo News reporter Nick Veronica for a story that will run in Tuesday morning's paper. Scott shared his reaction to the NCAA's sledgehammer sanctions: $60 million fine, no bowl games for four years, reduced scholarships and 111 vacated victories as reprimand for protecting child rapist Jerry Sandusky.
Scott's only misgivings related to current Penn State players, not the institution or Joe Paterno's legacy.
"No penalty or sanction ever imposed on Penn State is ever going to be able to reverse the horrific events that took place. That can't be undone," Scott said. "I thought the penalties were severe, as they should be, but I just wish that they didn't affect current student-athletes that are there."
Veronica asked if the sanctions were fair.
"The university, they have to be punished, even though the individuals who were all a part of this scandal are no longer a part of the university," Scott said. "The university itself, I understand they have to suffer the consequences because it took place on the university grounds. So because I understand all of that, I can say yes, it is fair and right for the university to be punished."
Scott attended Penn State from 1999 to 2003, his entire career falling in the timeframe that victories were scrubbed. So Scott officially never won a game at Penn State as of this morning.
Scott touches on a few other areas that make the story worth a look. He clearly has spent a lot of time pondering what happened in Happy Valley.
He gives his take on whether he would go to Penn State today and if the Paterno statue should've been disassembled. Scott also sorts out his thoughts about what Paterno means to him now -- and it's complicated.