By Nicole Brewer
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – NCAA President Mark Emmert outlined Penn State’s punishment, but the public also had plenty to say.
Alfred fisher of Pennsauken said, “I think everything was appropriate.”
“The university has to be punished, said Christine Johnson of Cherry Hill. “But, it’s a shame the players are taking the brunt of it.”
Inside Ponzio’s Diner in Cherry Hill, the news came via our sister radio station WIP.
“Thank God the NCAA didn’t bow down to the god of football,” said Al Morganti, reacting to the announcement.
Angelo Cataldi added, “That was a statement I hope the whole college world heard.”
And while most people agreed with the four-year post-season ban and reduction in scholarships, even the five-year-probation period and $60 million fine, there was some discrepancy over the NCAA’s decision to eliminate wins from the team’s record.
“I think about the ones on the field, during the battle. The guys who played on the team – how are they going to feel about that?” asked Bill Carboni of Cherry Hill.
A question former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark answered on Twitter, writing, “This is beyond sad, man.”
Adam Taliaferro, a former Penn State cornerback and Gloucester County freeholder, reacted, saying, “NCAA says games didn’t exist. I got the metal plate in my neck to prove it did.”
Then, there’s Washington Redskin and Penn State’s all time leading rusher Evan Royster, who asks, “So, I lost every college football game I ever played in?”
Like it or not, the answer is yes.