That was my only issue, Trojan. The NCAA basically did exactly what they punished Tressel for doing by letting those kids play in the bowl game. Only difference is Tressel did it to protect the kids and possibly give himself a better chance to win, while the NCAA did what they did because of money.
The NCAA did not vacate the win. tOSU vacated the win but on the NCAA website it is still a win for tOSU, not vacated.
I think the better analagy from my child like brain would be if you kid was caught stealing and told you that it was only once. You then grounded him but let him go to the prom. After prom you find out that it was an ongoing thing and more happened than you knew. You then grounded him longer for what you found out after and the lies. And of course told him that even though he went to the dance it didnt count. hahaha
And this is the biggest reason why PSU is suing. The NCAA didn't investigate on it's own. Now the legal cases aren't so much about proving the culture was a couple of individuals but rather proving that the culture even existed. The current verdict if you will implies that for 15 years (roughly) the faculty knew about this every year, the whole athetic department knew about this every year, all the athletes knew about this every year, and the whole of the student body knew about this every year---THAT would be a culture of deception. I don't believe any sane person would buy that. And no there couldn't be any "filter down" as you put it. If you're going to pull off a con of this magnitude, the fewer people that know the better.
I dont think the NCAA meant culture of deception, I think they mean footbal first culture. So I do think the football first culture can filter down. As far as the crime, no I do not think that many people knew officially, but I bet many suspected As far as the crime, no I do not think that many people knew officially, but I bet many suspected