I honestly believe that JoePa was in denial that this was actually happening.
imagine being a guy who has been that powerful, that revered for that long, and you're 80+ years old. i don't condone it, but i do understand how he became so deluded, so out of touch, so disconnected that he thought it was okay to go forward the way he did.
I don't disagree about the cover-up, but banning PSU athletics would unfairly punish the students who had nothing to do with this. Throw out everyone in charge who's even remotely involved and start over from scratch.
in the twisted world of the ncaa, i think you are right. the ncaa president has already intimated that there would be no punishment because there were no student athletes involved (as in miami, ohio state) and nothing that happened was to the competitive advantage of the program.
still, from a PR standpoint, the ncaa will have a problem with punishing a school that permitted an agent to have contact with players or turned a blind eye when kids sold their gear for spending money, but allows a program to skate where, at its highest level, the AD was knowingly protecting a serial pederast. that's tough stuff right there. did you hear the story of the holland high school girls soccer team that wasn't allowed to play in the sectionals because of an honest scheduling error by an administrator? the kids were not to blame, but did have to bear the consequence. i'm not sure why this should be different.