If money is the root of all evil, consider the roots of Penn State's corruption sufficiently axed.
The NCAA delivered a bevy of blows toward the university, which knowingly harbored a sex offender for over a decade, but the hardest hit came with an unprecedented $60 million fine. The Big Ten later chimed in with another $13 million penalty for bowl-game revenue over the next four years.
The same cannot be said for the chemistry or English majors from Penn State. I suspect the cost of education for current and future college students will be altered permanently.
The silver lining, if you can find any out of this tragedy, is that all monies will benefit charities dedicated to the protection of children against sex crimes.
But I can't feel good about the consequences to come for the innocent students who attend Penn State for, above all else, a quality education.
A part of me cheered NCAA President Mark Emmert for crippling Penn State's athletic program for years to come, given the fact it was the football culture that fostered this corruption.
A bigger part of me questions whether a $60 million fine is worth destroying all the good Penn State has produced as well.
Make no mistake, every college with a powerful football team has some level of corruption, be it known or unknown. And every college with a powerful football team has some branch within the university that produces future Nobel Prize winners, medical researchers, educators or Olympians from a nonrevenue sport as a direct result of the revenue generated from football.
Emmert didn't specify who at Penn State would foot the $60 million fine, but it's safe to assume the athletic department will pay a large portion, if not all.
In the 2010-11 school year, Penn State's athletic department had a total revenue of more than $116 million, according to figures collected by USA Today. Deduct expenses, and the department's net surplus amounted to $31.6 million, ranking it second only to SEC powerhouse Alabama.
Football accounts for an overwhelming majority of most sports revenues. In turn, those monies help fund non-revenue sports, and in many cases, the overflow spills into the general budget for the university to provide services such as academic scholarships, said sports business expert Bill Sutton.
The fine could have been worse. Between the NCAA and Big Ten, $73 million doesn't account for a quarter of the revenue Penn State earned over the past decade. But you better believe the impact of this fine will be felt far beyond a corrupt football program.
"What you're going to have here is a situation that's going to impact recruiting, it's going to impact talent, it's going to impact the number of people that want to go to school there, it's going to impact how money is allocated, how the other sports dependent upon football are going to function," said Sutton, director of the Sports and Entertainment Management MBA program at USF.
"Think about women's lacrosse, think about rowing, baseball, softball, sports that don't have a lot of revenue that all depend upon football. They are all hurt. That's why this is such a devastating finding."
I'm envisioning higher tuition, raised student fees and ticket prices, and lower enrollment overall at Penn State for years.
This, by no means, compares to the lifetime of suffering for the victims, but it's imperative to ask ourselves whether the NCAA's decision to punish wayward leaders is creating more problems than solutions for the students.
We'll know the answer to that in another five years. Until then, I'll reserve my glee about the hammer on Penn State.
If the world were fair, Sandusky and every gutless leader who allowed this to happen would pay these fines. The world, however, is anything but fair.
That's the worst part about corruption and corruptors. The innocent always seem to pay the steepest price.
The Penn State tragedy proves why we all have a civic duty to hold our leaders accountable.
Everything and everyone must be challenged, vetted and held to the belief that no one is above reproof.