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Penn State alum Bryan Scott agrees with penalties

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.

Scott declared what Penn State got today, Penn State deserved. Straight up.

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.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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