Big Ten adds to NCAA sanctions
Students at Penn State react to the NCAA announcement of sanctions against their school's football program.
July 23rd, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Big Ten adds to NCAA sanctions

Editor's note: The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced a $60 million fine against Penn State University on Monday and banned its football team from the postseason for four years. The school will also forfeit all football wins from 1998, NCAA President Mark Emmert said. That decision strips the late Joe Paterno of the title of winningest coach in major football college history.

[Updated 10:53 am ET] The Big Ten conference added its own sanctions against member Penn State after the NCAA announced its penalties on Monday.

Penn State will not be allowed to participate in the Big Ten conference title game for the same four years in which it is banned from post season bowl games by the NCAA. Penn State will also not be allowed to share in the conference's bowl revenues for those four years, about a $13 million hit, according to a Big Ten press release. That money will be donated to children's charities, the release said.

[Updated 10:36 am ET] The NCAA sanctions against Penn State include the following restrictions on scholarships it can offer:

"Penn State must also reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period."

That means the football program can only offer the equivalent of 15 full scholarships to incoming freshmen or transfer students per year for four years beginning with the 2013-14 academic year and can only offer 65 full scholarships total each year beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Scholarships may be divided among players as partial scholarships.

Former Penn State player Derek Moye says the vacating of victories ordered by the NCAA can't erase his memories of what he has been a part of:

Former Penn State player A. Q. Shiplet tweets a picture of rings he won at Penn State:

[Updated 10:20 am ET] Former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark tweets on his reaction to the NCAA sanctions:

[Updated 10:03 am ET] A statement from current Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien on the NCAA sanctions:

"Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead.  But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.

I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country.  I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university."

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[Updated 10:01 am ET] A statement from Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner on the NCAA sanctions:

"The Freeh Report concluded that individuals at Penn State University entrusted to positions of authority, shunned their basic responsibility to protect children, and innocent children suffered as a result. Our hearts go out to the victims of this abuse and their families.

Today Penn State takes another step forward in changing the culture at the institution as we accept the penalties of the NCAA for the failure of leadership that occurred on our campus. We are deeply disappointed that some of our leaders could have turned a blind eye to such abuse, and agree that the culture at Penn State must change.

As we move forward, today’s student athletes have a challenging road ahead. But they will do the right thing, as they have always done. I am confident all of our head coaches will come together to make the change necessary to drive our university forward. Penn State will continue to fully support its established athletic programs, which provide opportunities for over 800 student athletes.

Working together, the path ahead will not be easy. But it is necessary, just, and will bring a better future. Our faculty, staff, students, athletes, and parents will work together as Penn State begins this new chapter. Though this cooperation and collaboration, Penn State will become a national model for compliance, ethics, and embodiment of the student athlete credo."

[Updated 10:00 am ET] A statement from Penn State President Rodney Erickson on the NCAA sanctions announced Monday:

"The tragedy of child sexual abuse that occurred at our University altered the lives of innocent children. Today, as every day, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse.

Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.

The NCAA ruling holds the University accountable for the failure of those in power to protect children and insists that all areas of the University community are held to the same high standards of honesty and integrity.

The NCAA also mandates that Penn State become a national leader to help victims of child sexual assault and to promote awareness across our nation. Specifically, the University will pay $12 million a year for the next five years into a special endowment created to fund programs for the detection, prevention and treatment of child abuse. This total of $60 million can never reduce the pain suffered by victims, but will help provide them hope and healing.

The NCAA penalty will also affect the football program. There is a four-year ban on all post-season games, including bowl games and the Big Ten Championship game, and a future reduction in the number of football scholarships that can be granted. We are grateful that the current student athletes are not prevented from participation because of the failures of leadership that occurred. Additionally the NCAA has vacated all wins of Penn State football from 1998-2011.

We also welcome the Athletics Integrity Agreement and the third-party monitor, who will be drilling into compliance and culture issues in intercollegiate athletics, in conjunction with the recommendations of the Freeh Report. Lastly a probationary period of five years will be imposed.

It is important to know we are entering a new chapter at Penn State and making necessary changes. We must create a culture in which people are not afraid to speak up, management is not compartmentalized, all are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards, and the operating philosophy is open, collegial, and collaborative.

Since receiving Judge Freeh’s preliminary recommendations in January, the University has instituted several reforms. Today we accept the terms of the consent decree imposed by the NCAA. As Penn State embarks upon change and progress, this announcement helps to further define our course. It is with this compass that we will strive for a better tomorrow.

Penn State will move forward with a renewed sense of commitment to excellence and integrity in all aspects of our University. We continue to recognize the important role that intercollegiate athletics provides for our student athletes and the wider University community as we strive to appropriately balance academic and athletic accomplishments. Penn State will continue to be a world-class educational institution of which our students, faculty, staff and alumni can be justifiably proud."

Read the NCAA's binding decree that was accepted by Penn State

[Updated 9:57 a.m. ET] "Any entering or returning student-athlete will be allowed to immediately transfer and compete at another school. Further, any football student-athletes who remain at the university may retain their scholarships, regardless of whether they compete on the team," according to the NCAA statement on the Penn State sanctions.

[Updated 9:53 a.m. ET] The Big Ten conference is planning an 11 a.m. press conference to announce their own sanctions against Penn State, according to Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel.

[Updated 9:45 a.m. ET]  The NCAA press conference has concluded.

[Updated 9:43 a.m. ET]  There was no dialogue or negotiation with Penn State over the sanctions, NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

Reaction from Jake Kiley, who will be an incoming freshman at Penn State:

[Updated 9:37 a.m. ET]  The NCAA will develop "an athletic integrity agreement" with the Big Ten and Penn State to ensure changes are made in the Penn State program, NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:36 a.m. ET]  The NCAA tried to evaluate what effect the sanctions would have on the community as a whole, NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:35 a.m. ET]  "We needed to act and we needed to act quickly and effectively," Oregon State president Ed Ray says.

[Updated 9:31 a.m. ET]  "Are we in a position where hero worship and winning at all costs has subordinated" traditional values of a university, NCAA President Mark Emmert asks.

[Updated 9:30 a.m. ET]  "This is an unprecedented, painful" chapter in college sports, NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:29 a.m. ET]  "There's nothing in this situation that anyone should feel good about," NCAA President Mark Emmert says. "No one feels that this is a positive situation in any sense."

[Updated 9:28 a.m. ET]  On the vacating of wins: "Obviously the 1998 date was selected because that's when the first reported incidence of abuse occurred and the failure to response appropriately,"  NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:25 a.m. ET]  "I think every major college and university needs to do a gut check" on the balance between athletics and academics, Oregon State president Ed Ray says.

[Updated 9:19 a.m. ET]  "The executive committee and I would not have agreed to just the 'death penalty,' " NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:18 a.m. ET]  "We certainly hope the fine that's being imposed will allow some serious good to be done," NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:16 a.m. ET]  "No price the NCAA can levy" can change or fix the pain of what Sandusky did to victims, NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:14 a.m. ET]  The NCAA is reserving the right to initiate a formal investigation to impose sanctions as needed on individuals as needed after the conclusion of criminal proceedings, NCAA President Mark Emmert says.

[Updated 9:12a.m. ET] NCAA President Mark Emmert says fines will go to support programs that service victims of child abuse and seek to prevent such abuse.

[Updated 9:10 a.m. ET] The NCAA will impose the following sanctions on Penn State University, according to a statement Monday morning:

"The NCAA imposed a $60 million sanction on the university, which is equivalent to the average gross annual revenue of the football program. These funds must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university. The sanctions also include a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins from 1998 through 2011. The career record of former head football coach Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records. Penn State must also reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period. In addition, the NCAA reserves the right to impose additional sanctions on involved individuals at the conclusion of any criminal proceedings."

[Updated 9:06 a.m. ET] Oregon State president Ed Ray, chair of the NCAA's executive committee, begins the NCAA press conference saying the situation is about reckless and callous disregard for children.

CBS Sports looks at other sanctions levied against college sports teams over the years

[Posted 7:23 a.m. ET] Penn State University will be hit with fines in excess of $30 million as part of "significant, unprecedented penalties" expected to be announced Monday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a source familiar with the case told CNN on Sunday.

While the school's football program will not face the so-called "death penalty" that would have prevented the team from playing in the fall, the school might have preferred a one-year suspension because of the severity of the scholarship losses, postseason sanctions and other penalties, the source said.

"If I were Penn State or any other school and were given both options, I'd pick the death penalty," the source said, adding the range of sanctions "is well beyond what has been done in the past" and "far worse than closing the program for a year."

The expected punishment is part of the continued fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in late June of 45 of the 48 counts he faced involving 10 young victims.

Penn State board member resigns over Sandusky scandal

The news came the same day the statue of Penn State's iconic head football coach Joe Paterno was removed from outside the campus stadium.

Photos: Paterno through the years

Staples: NCAA puts power in question

soundoff (923 Responses)
  1. Charlie Shay

    Being a parent of a current student, as well as a past graduated student, this has been a very painful, sad and I am angry. Most of all I feel for the victims, 100 % . I am angry and extremely upset at the people invlved in the cover up. No excuses here. But it is time to go forward, we have suffered as well. We can not change the past. The hundreds of thousands of people in the Penn State family that had nothing to do with this want to move forward. I am sure the school will do everything in thier power to make sure they try and do all thr right things from here on in. The damage is done and we can not change the past,time to move on.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Oz

      actually vacating 14 years of wins proves that the past can be changed.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • PedoStateEducation

      Charlie Shay... "Time to look forward?" Who are you trying to protect? MORE INVESTIGATIONS. CLOSE PENN STATE. RENDER ALL DEGREE HOLDERS non-diploma holders. We're just getting started! Nice try!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. acts431

    What Penn State officials did - and failed to do - in the Sandusky situation is reprehensible. There is no excuse for it. To cover up the sick behavior of Jerry Sandusky for so long simply for the sake of winning football games, for the sake of public perception, for the sake of preseving Joe Paterno's legendary status is a sign of warped values.

    Having said that and having absorbed the seriousness of the situation, WHAT IN THE HELL DOES THE NCAA HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?! Were there any eligility rules broken? Did anyone cheat in order to keep players on the field? Were there any grades obtained unethically?

    When is someone going to penalize the NCAA for raping athletes of the significant monetary value the athletes provide?!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "When is someone going to penalize the NCAA for raping athletes of the significant monetary value the athletes provide?"

      When the athletes stop getting scholarships worth over a hundred thousand dollars.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • PaulieJ

      What the NCAA is doing is sending a clear message that your (general "your") sports program is not holier than thou and must be protected from scandal at any cost. It is them saying that the universities need to ensure that their sports programs are managed and run with a true sense of integrity and responsibility both to the student community on campus and the general community where the college is located.
      Penn State failed at that. Those in their positions of power within the universities sports programs thought it was better to try and shield the university from scandal than it was to do the right thing and protect innocent children from one of their own.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Texan

    The NCAA has far over reached its bounds here. A handful of scared old men enabled and conspired to hide the horrible abuses of a monster and those still alive should be punished severely, I agree with that wholeheartedly. The vacating of wins, the bowl bans, the loss of scholarships, it is ridiculous and unprecedented. Everyone linked to PSU suffers terribly for the monstrous misdeeds of a very few. I hope they can appeal this.

    When insane, stupid people do awful things, including enabling and conspiring to hide the transgressions of another, it doesn't mean you should carpet bomb the whole village to cleanse the taint that was hidden amongst the villagers. The NCAA has gone too far. How does anything besides the fine that will supposedly go to support programs aid the victims of Sandusky? Does it take their pain away? Does this blind, haphazard vengeance upon college students hoping their degrees won't be like a scarlet letter make it all better for them? Does anyone truly believe any of this will ever prevent a handful of monsters from doing something like it again? Do you really believe monsters have EVER cared about how their actions affected the many that end up punished for them? That any of these sweeping wrecking ball swings will change anything at all? Enron, the home loan disaster, the bank bailout...yeah, the corruption of a few and their high profile punishments really changed how things go for the sheeple and the wolves really saw the error of their ways and changed didn't they?

    Wake up America, you've been sleeping far far too long.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. PennStateRocks

    As a Penn State graduate I am offended we can't molest little kids fopr less than $60,000 per kid per year over ten years. That's an outrageous cost. We should be able to molest kids for much less... like $5,000 per year. This $60M judgment is obscene.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. 'S TATCHOO?

    Only other actions I would want 2 see happen r 1) Melt the Joe Parasite bronze statue + give proceeds 2 abused/ needy children 2) Rename the PSU library 3) Take the accredidation(sic?) + make it a college 4) Put Sanduskeeve in General Population @ the prison!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bobington

    I think the NCAA went a bit to far, stripping all wins since 1998 and punishing every single football player who participated in any one of those games by taking away there wins is a bit extreme. It was what like 4 people incolved in the scandal and coverup, why punish everyone? The football team won because of the players, not because Sandausky was being a perv and the administration was covereing it up, let the team keep their wins and don't punish everyone for the actions of a few.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      They vacated the wins because they wanted Bowden, not Paterno, to be the winningest coach. It was the only way to do that.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. sak

    concolences to the victims and families ; sanction as needed, but A WIN IS A WIN !!!! GO PSU !!! RIP JOE PA.=409

    July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Derek

    Does this money go to the victims, or to some NCAA fat cat?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    Your student athletes may be the best in the country but your coaches are the worst in humanity.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pith in the Wind

    I am not a Penn State fan, but my jaw dropped when I heard about the sanctions. These sanctions are going to hit Penn State like a hurricane, tsunami and tornado all at once. I have never heard of sanctions this harsh hitting a University – even the "death penalty" doesn't compare. I feel sorry for the innocent kids (yes, they are innocent) on the football team who have to bear the brunt of these sanctions when they had nothing to do with the evil that took place there for 14 years.
    These sanctions are going to hurt the lifetime earnings potential of these football players. Many of the stars who go on to the NFL – and there will be less stars because of this – will get less signing bonuses. Instead of $10million signing bonuses, they may get $5 million. Instead of $50 million contracts, they may get $25 million contracts. This is going to hurt those kids. I am happy about one aspect, Joe Paterno had about 100 of his wins vacated *shocking* which now puts him behind my team's coach – Bobbie Bowden. Now Bobbie is the winningest Division I coach.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jenny Sills

    OK! I THINK IF I HEAR ONE MORE TIME HOW INNOCENT ATHLETES ARE BEING PUNISHED I AM GOING TO SCREEAM1 Now come on folks innocent kids who had no choice or innocent athletes that could move to another school. Really

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Have you actually tried to transfer to another school? If it is out of state, you are left ineligble for an entire year. This isn't about the students, it's about the criminals. The students haven't been charged and/or convicted with anything, yet you have already sentenced them. I personally thind what you are advocating could be considered as bad as what the criminals did.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. LK

    SHAME ON THE NCAA !!!!! That organization has way too much power. It was bad enough they took down UT basketball and Ohio State football but what they are doing to Penn State is horrible !!! Why punish the kids who have worked so hard ? They had nothing to do with Sandusky's mess. Go after the people involved with criminal charges, fine the school,etc but let the kids continue with their dreams of a possible pro career.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. O B C

    THANK YOU , NCAA!

    May this be a new begining for PSU and a call to All American Universities to bcome again leaders in academics, sportmanship and true American values!.

    We Need Radical Change that stops the shameful culture of silence and COVER up that currently prevails in our Universities!.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Seriously. You want to punish someone? I can understand that. Fire and prosecuate every adult that had something to do with it. Punishing the students accomplishes nothing. Punishing the students should NOT ease the victims mind.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. mhill1234

    What a disgrace.
    $60M is a drop in the bucket to this horribly corrupt, putrid college.
    No less than eradication of the football program would be fair.
    All of you supporting Penn St. are supporting pedophiles.
    Good job, we all know football is more important than ruining children's lives.
    Too bad Paterno died so fast, his humiliation was well deserved.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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