Penn State Fined $60M, Banned From Bowl Games, Post Season

Monday, July 23, 2012

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."

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Comments [4]

Seb from NYC UWS

I can't help comparing the swift and unequivocal response of the NCAA to the denial and legalistic maneuvering of the Vatican. I'm disturbed that basketball is more righteous than the established church.

Jul. 23 2012 06:09 PM
SKV from Western Pa

Vacating the wins is particularly poetic justice, since they were the motivation behind the coverup.

The Paterno family should be the last people in the world issuing press releases about what will or won't help the victims of the crimes Joe Paterno looked away from.

I hope the community, the university, and eventually the football program can recover from the damage Sandusky and the men in power who enabled him have done.

But most of all, I hope these severe sanctions give some measure of peace to the young men who must have felt like nobody cared while they were molested in the locker rooms of Penn State and in the coach's basement.

We do care, and we are very sorry, and we will try to never let it happen again.

Jul. 23 2012 03:14 PM
Linda Hashemi

This only hurts the students and does nothing to the people responsible for the coverup! As usual they punished the wrong people.

Jul. 23 2012 11:31 AM
Art Vandelay

It looks like money has won over common sense. The multi-billion dollar joke of a non-profit called the NCAA should have banned Penn State from all forms of athletic endeavor forever.
If it wasn't for the desire "not to harm the program" (read: kill the cash cow) a predator would have been stopped years ago. The cash cow should have been killed.

Jul. 23 2012 09:37 AM

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