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Centre County Senator Says Football “Death Penalty” Will Destroy Happy Valley

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The state senator who represents Centre County says the end of Penn State’s football program would be devastating to the entire community. The head of the NCAA won’t rule out the death penalty for Penn State’s football program in the wake of the Freeh report on the Sandusky scandal.

State Senator Jake Corman, who represents a vast swath of Central Pennsylvania, lives ten miles from Beaver Stadium.

“[This is] just another chapter in the tragic sadness of this entire case. If the Penn State football program were to receive the death penalty, I mean, most people just look at it from a football perspective. But from a community perspective, it would be devastating.”

Corman says some hotels, restaurants and shop owners bank most of their year on revenue from seven football weekends. He believes shutting down Penn State’s football program would be unwarranted.

In an interview with PBS, the head of the NCAA said he won’t take “anything” off the table when it comes to possible penalties for Penn State, saying it’s the most “egregious” thing he’s ever seen when it comes to “overall conduct and behavior inside a university.”