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. Bob

    They should leave the statue up & next to it they should put a statue of a Little boy looking up at Paterno Crying.....

    July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      If the Paterno statue is allowed to stay at Penn State with a statue of a crying child looking up at it, then the plaque on the weeping boy should read " WHY? Joe Pa, WHY?"

      July 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rkutz

    So sad to bad. Ethics must be upheld at all levels, when they are not your results= Penn State. The NCAA got it right no football program above protecting innocents people.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. stevenabb

    Is the NCAA going to give the money to the victims or are they going to pocket the money? Ahhh... so, for some reason the NCAA that should be governing and controlling schools under it's domain will make a tidy profit. Time for Penn State to leave the NCAA and join a PAC like other colleges.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      I do not think Joining a PAC would help Penn State. They would just be shunned like lepers. They are better off just taking their lumps without whining. The entire Penn State football culture was tainted by the hiding of misdeeds. The students proved it when they rioted in the streets.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Proud American

    PSU has now the opportunity to become leader and example to all American Universities.

    Look to the future! Not the past!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. SOS

    This is NOT ENOUGH! The NCAA is protecting their own. This is just like the Catholic Church. Penalized the abused and protect the abusers! Why not fire all the top school officials? Cutting scholarships and penalizing the football team. What did the students do? PLEASE!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    I agree that walking away from Paterno's legacy is appropriate, and that sports have become far too important – so much so that people would hide these crimes to protect the football program, but.... Vacating those wins and reducing scholarships doesn't punish a dead man or heal the victims – it just erases what the players who had nothing to with this accomplished, and punishes future students who will be denied scholarships. In this punishment, the NCAA is just trying to make itself look relevant again.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      When the current players had their less than stellar actions hidden too? What about beating someone unconscious during a brawl & still playing ball? As for the future stars, they will shine brightly at other colleges without a culture of hiding criminal wrongdoing to children.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. severhead

    These penalties don't make sense to me. An atrocious act was committed and ignored by certain persons in authority. in return...punishment is certainly due. But these penalties on the universities current football team is punishing who exactly? Paterno?..no...he;s dead. Sandusky? No....he's serving 400+ years in prison. McQuery....nope..fired. Spanier.....nope...fired. Basically...all parties involved have received their own punishment and in no way are feeling the heat from these NCAA penalties. Instead, those who had nothing to do with the criminal acts are feeling the punishment. Doesn't make sense to me. Sounds more like media spectacle than anything. People want to watch this university burn..so the NCAA is giving the media a show.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    My thoughts.
    14 years no football for each year of the cover up. Joe's statue, melted and sold for scrap the proceeds going to child abuse advocacy group. Current players allowed to transfer without having to sit out a year.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. jenny

    i agree COME ON BIG 10..now its your turn, let ps know just how disgusting they are

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. ryantorgeson

    I don't understand why sports are given such priority at educational facilities in the first place.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ezradams

    Punish the coaches, administration, and any other individuals that should have taken action. Why punish the team players who worked so hard? The wins should stand.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Libdumb

    Why.  What do the current students, athletes and employees have to do with this heinous crime.  Executive those involved.  It is always the victims and innocent bystanders that suffer the consequences of this criminals.  Oh yea it will disrupt the revenues of Penn. State.  Why?  More for the victims to get.  Our justice system is upside down. 

    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Donnie the Lion

    "Let's hope Paterno is rotting in a very hot place called hell." Because Mike McCreary's father didn't call the police? Are you serious? Where' the outrage against Mike McCreary or Mike's father?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Paterno wrote e-mails that proved conclusively he was involved in the cover up. If he was alive now, he might be on trial too.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mitten romney

    Hey Evan Royster – Yes, this means that the games you played in in college don't matter. And you know what – you don't matter either.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Big Bird

    Why did the NCAA punish the former players? They worked hard for those wins. I don't support the NCAA in their actions. This does not help anyone and just creates an asterisk next to the coach with the most wins. We all know Paterno continues to be the coach with the most wins, regardless of what Wikipedia says.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      Those wins are the fruit of evil, ill gotten gains. The coverup allowed Paterno to continue sucking in other athletes & corrupting them like McQuery who was silent to outside law enforcement for the sake of those wins & a plum position in the organization. The lack of accountability found among the player for infractions that would have altered the "winning record" surely also weighed in this decision. For instance; The players who were involved in a brawl that left a victim unconscious would not have been playing without Paterno's direct intervention. Paterno had the person responsible for student discipline removed for attempting to discipline his players. I bet that incident was the tip of an iceberg that was revealed to the NCAA officials. Face it, when there is an atmosphere of cover ups & deceit like this it is very much like pitch. Hard not to be involved, even in small ways.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
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