Morning Playbook – Jerry Sandusky sentence sparks uproar, but why?

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sentnced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, essentially ensuring each day for the rest of his life will be spent behind bars after being found guilty of 45 out of 47 counts of child and sexual abuse charges. Now the appeal process will begin to take form as Sandusky and his legal team attempt to break through whatever cracks they feel they can in order to keep the man out of prison.

The Sandusky story is far from over with the appeal process and the related charges against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, but the sentencing of Sandusky on Tuesday did end at least one chapter in this tragic saga, for better or worse.

Facing 400 years of jail time, the judge in the Centre County court opted to go with a "lighter" sentence of 30-60 years in prison, taking in to account the age of Sandusky. If he gets out after 30 years he will hav to live to the age of 98. For a convicted child molester to survive 30 years in jail at the age of 68 will be very unlikely, whether it be due to other inmates making him pay or if he dies of natural causes. Make ni mistake, this is a life sentence for Sandusky, and ultimately that is what matters most.

Still, there is plenty of reaction to the Sandusky sentence, believing it is too light. Cue Nancy Grace. She is not alone though. Greg Couch of FOX Sports writes the sentence offers no closure. Dan Levy of Bleacher Report writes the sentence is too short to honor the law and respect the victims.

We are not here to tell you what is right or wrong, but invite you to share any feelings you may have on this in the comment scetion below.

And now, back to college football…

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has left school and entered a treatment facility. Surely we all wish for the best for him in his treatment.

Alabama vs. Missouri this weekend. Tigers are 0-3 in SEC play in their debut season. This could turn ugly.

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has done a pretty solid job in keeping the football program moving forward, and now the national media is lauding him for his efforts, some even saying he is the coach of the year frontrunner. He will be quick to dismiss those thoughts by there is no denying he is the engineer of the new era. [New York Times]

Two former Penn State players, Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Bown and Texas kicker Anthony Fera, will go head-to-head this week in the Red River Rivalry. []

This season has been a wreck for Arkansas, on and off the field. First there ws Petrino, now there was quarterback Tyler Wilson. Wilson, though, was unhurt in a car accident and will continue practiceing as if nothing happened. [Fayetteville Flyer]

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley underwent hip surgery for his fractured right hip and will coach Tennessee's next game from the press box. The Vols take on Mississippi State this weekend. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

Stanford takes on Notre Dame this weekend but they may do so without their top wide receiver. Ty Montgomery is unlikely to play due to a lower body injury. [AP, via]

New Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst vowed to keep Nebraska mostly the same. []

Boston College hired a new AD, bringing in Miami Ohio AD Brad Bates. [Yahoo! Sports] Naturally, we want to know what this means for the fate of Frank Spaziani. [Football Scoop]

The NCAA has slapped FCS Texas Southern with the dreaded "lack of institutional control" label, prohibiting the school from postseason play for the next two years in football. [AP, via]

Michigan cocaches will honor Indinapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano by wearing #chuckstrong t-shirts created by the Colts. Brady Hoke reportedly purchased more than 40 of the shirts. The connection to Pagano stems through Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who had Pagano as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens. []

USC is selling tickets to the Pac-12 Championship Game. [Tumblr]

Video of the Day

A plane has been seen flying over southern California high school football games, with a lighted message on the bottom of the plane reading "GO BEAVS" and "Oregon State Football."

So, is this somehting organized by the school or is some fan and/or booster taking recruiting efforts in to their own hands wings?

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