HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban suggested that Penn State place a tax on tickets to every athletics event and have the proceeds go towards preventing child abuse as a response to the Jerry Sandusky conviction.
“If there’s some kind of way that we could create a win-win, and I don’t really know what that is, I just threw out a tax on every ticket at every athletic event and donate all the money to organizations that prevent child abuse, would be more of a win-win than worrying about punishing someone,” he said Thursday at SEC Media Days.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse stemming from allegations that he abused 10 boys over a period of 15 years.
Saban called what happened at Penn State a “very criminal thing.”
“I think of it with players a lot,” Saban said. “We all think that discipline is punishment, how are we going to punish someone? What I always try to think of is, what do we want the outcome to be?”
Saban didn't go into much detail, but he did express his feelings on his own comments.
“Probably wasn’t a very good idea and I probably shouldn't have said it,” Saban said. “I just think that more focus on outcome is always more beneficial (and) might create a situation in the future that would be beneficial to someone.”
On Tuesday, SEC commissioner Mike Slive gave his Media Days opening address and mentioned that no one man or program should have too much power in relation to their institution. So Saban was asked his thoughts on how that relates to him at Alabama.
“Well, you know, it’s not true if that’s the perception,” Saban said. “I have tremendous faith, trust and confidence in our institution in that we will do the right things to try to promote the moral obligation that we all have to protect other folks, other people, to make sure that the people in our organization are sort of assuming the responsibility that they have to represent it in a first-class way.”
The Penn State program has been reeling since the allegations surfaced. Former head coach Joe Paterno was ousted in the wake of the allegations and died a short time later. The NCAA has become involved, recently demanding a response from the school about a recent report that detailed a lack of institutional control.
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