LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Penn State fans in Southwest Florida are reacting to the penalties handed down Monday morning. At a local alumni hangout, some think the sanctions will end up hurting people who had nothing to do with the scandal.
At Bucketts in Fort Myers, which is owned by a Penn State graduate and frequented by school alumni, news of the all the penalties is falling hard. The owner, Jim Anderson, says he came into work late Monday just so he could watch TV and see what was in store for his alma mater. While the punishments did not surprise him, he does think they're very severe.
He says even though the NCAA did not shut down the football program completely, he thinks this will change the entire tone of the school, and could end up hurting students and fans who have nothing to do with the sex abuse scandal.
Anderson says another concern is how this will affect his business, which is known as a hangout spot on game days. With a four-year ban on bowl games, he wonders whether people will still come.