The NCAA slapped Penn State with a $60 million fine and banned the school from bowl games and post-season play for four years – but college sports’ governing body stopped short of imposing the so-called death penalty for the program that has been tarnished by child sex abuse allegations.
NCAA President Mark Emmert, who called the case “unprecedented,” said the NCAA dealt the heavy blows to ensure that football would never be put ahead of education and protecting young people. He also said the NCAA would vacates all wins from 1998 to 2011.
“There is no action we can take that will remove their pain in anguish but what we can do is impose sanctions that reflect the magnitude of these terrible acts,” Emmert said.
The school's leadership turned a blind eye to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of young boys, he said.
Emmert said the reason the NCAA didn’t impose the death penalty — which would suspend the football program — was because it would have “significant unintended harm” on those who had “had nothing to do with this case.”
Among the sanctions against the school:
- $60 million fine on university. The funds will be used to establish and support programs around the nation that serve child abuse victims.
- Penn state banned from bowl games post season play from bowl games for four years, and will serve a five-year probationary period
- NCAA will reduce the number of scholarships from 25 to 15 scholarships per year
- Vacates all wins from 1998 – 2011
On Sunday, a statue of coach Joe Paterno was removed from the stadium at Penn State, six months to the day after the once-sainted coach died.
The Paterno family issued a statement saying the statue's removal "does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community."
With the Associated Press