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Regis Philbin calls Penn State sanctions 'excessive'

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Regis Philbin this week proclaimed his dissatisfaction with the penalties thrown at Penn State after the football program was exposed as a safe haven for child-molesting coach Jerry Sandusky. Tell us again, why did you retire, Reege?

It seems Philbin is not a fan of the $60 million fine, four-year ban from postseason play, reduction of football scholarships and the erasure of 111 of late head coach Joe Paterno's wins the NCAA slapped on the program, or of the way the university removed the Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium. "It broke my heart to see that," Philbin told TMZ. "I think the Penn State sanctions were overdone … really excessive in so many ways."

It seems Regis doesn't really know what the word "excessive" means, because JoePa stood by while one of his pal diddled little boys in the locker room. Philbin went to Notre Dame, anyway, so what does he care? He said the sanctions "hurt a lot of people who had nothing to do with this whole thing," so he says he would cancel a couple bowl games and take the money, but that's it. But tarnishing Paterno's legacy? That's just too much!

-- Sabrina Rocco srocco@tampabay.com

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