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Alabama's Nick Saban Proposes Tax on Tickets

by on July 19, 2012 11:12 AM

Alabama coach Nick Saban, a longtime ally to Joe Paterno, provided an interesting suggestion at this week’s SEC Media Days as to how higher ups should punish Penn State in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the university since November.

"Maybe they ought to tax all the tickets that they sell on athletics and give the proceeds to some child abuse organization or something like that rather than worrying about some punishment that is really going to have no positive effect on anything," Saban told reporters.

Report: Big Ten Could Allow Commissioner to Fire Coaches

The Big Ten is drafting and considering a landmark proposal that would give its commissioner the ability to fire coaches and other individual members of an institution, according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The proposal is in direct response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, where an independent investigation found four of Penn State’s most powerful men, including former football coach Joe Paterno, concealed allegations of sexual abuse out of fear of bad publicity for the university.

According to the report, sanctions under the new proposal include fines, suspension and termination of contract.

The proposal has not yet been approved, but expect an exhaustive line of questioning next week at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, where commissioner Jim Delany and a flurry of other Big Ten heavyweights, including the 12 football coaches, are made available to the press.

Much will be made of the scandal involving one of the league’s biggest brands, including potential NCAA sanctions. According to the Chronicle, the Big Ten is still in the early stages of deciding what sanctions it can choose to levy against Penn State.

One resolution on the table is suspending — or disbanding — the Nittany Lions from the conference. That decision would come from the Big Ten’s 12-member Council of Presidents and Chancellors. The Chronicle reported eight of the 12 members would need to approve the decision for the vote to pass.



Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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