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. hypatia

    Yeah, punish the current players because they had everything to do with it. Not. What a crock of knee-jerk idiocy!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. rob

    The school rap ed kids and now it is their turn. Fitting.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      @rob, completely concur. And you haven't seen anything until the civil suits start flowing. I hope it drives the school into bankruptcy. There's a huge ethical disconnect when the Penn State per verts value football victory over child victims. Burn the stadium down and salt the earth so nothing grows there ever.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Realist

    The real question now is who will pay off the fines, make up revenue for football at PSU. Will students lose scholarships or have tuition increased? Will faculty or academic programs be cut to pay off the football fines? Or will PSU find another religion to replace football? Major universities all over the nation have lost the perspective that universities were founded to promote academic goals not intercollegiate sports.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. staceycochran

    This penalty actually seems like a slap on the wrist. Why is Penn State ever going to be allowed a football program again? That would be a real "death penalty." Permanently bar the school from ever playing in the NCAA again. Just as Sandusky will never walk free again. That would be a fair punishment.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Charlie Brown

    Cry all you want about the sanctions. Bottom line. Would JoPa or anyone else concerned have made the same decisions if it was their grandchild or child involved in all this?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. For real?

    What astounds me is that people are mad about these penalties. Here is the deal, people from all over the university knew what was going on. They knew. And they did absolutely nothing. I do not care if it was 20 children or one child. Molestation changes a person and their family forever. As far as I am concerned, one year (60M) of gross revenue is not enough. I am sorry that current students will be effected. That is the unfortunate fact of life when it comes to letting a game run your school. It is a game. It may be a way of life for some, but not for most. A university is meant to educate and then be able to live as a productive member of society. There are a select (very) few who might be able to make a living for a short while playing football, and although I havve no understanding of why our athletes are paid this much (actually I do, money that it generates for everyone else, but I find it obscene). Funny, everyone is crying that the NCAA has overstepped their boundaries now. What about when the boys were being molested? I bet if it were your son, brother, cousin, nephew being molested you might have a different opinion. Sandusky's wife should receive not one cent from that school, nothing. She knew, and she did nothing. Therefore, she enabled it. Absolutely disgusting human being. Honestly, when you really sit down and think about this, shouldn't you be feeling bad for the victims, not the school. There are other universities to attend, period. Why in the world would you want to attend a university where the top people allowed this to happen. Why? It is astounding to me that people are more worried about football than a pedophile. Sad statement for those who defend these vile human beings.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • staceycochran

      I agree. These penalties seem very, very light considering what went on. It's interesting that CNN's poll doesn't offer an option for "These penalties are not strong enough."

      July 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I care very much about the victims! But in this case the victims of the abuse aren't the only victims. Now the players, students, and many others have become the victims because THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. Is that so difficult to understand?!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert Gimbi Jr

    If you screw up, you pay the price. I would of fired all persons involved, with no retirement. I like the students that play football, but the administration sucks. Good Job NCAA

    July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Critter

    Yeah ! ! ! If Joe Pa had come out years ago and brought these atrocities out when they happened, he'd be a Saint, but he didn't, he cared more for the program and his legacy, ohhh what legacy now. Deal in the sewers, drown like a RAT.......

    July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. glenview0818

    The Paterno statue MUST be installed in some federal prision yard where it belongs.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. ag

    This is ridiculous. The wrong people are being punished.

    What happens to the players who achieved all those wins? Do they have to strike them from their resumes?

    I was and still am a proud Penn State graduate (1984). I'm disgusted about what happened, and disillusioned about our formerly beloved JoePa. Yes, the statue should go. So should any of the athletic staff who can be shown to have known about what happened. Fire them all, and start fresh. But this is overkill.

    What if it came out that the head of my department (psychology) had been molesting kids in the child psych program from 1980-1995, and that other professors had covered it up? Are you going to take my degree away from me, even though I had nothing to do with it?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Think About It

      While I get your comparison to having your degree taken away, the players from those days are no worse off now for it by having their wins taken away. Their pro sports team isn't firing them; they're employer isn't changing up their employee review. Those current players have the option still of having a totally FREE ride at Penn State and don't even have to play football to retain their scholarship (very few players go pro- so that option could be great for some). Others who just have to play football as part of their educational experience have the option to continue at Penn State, or transfer elsewhere without penalty. So I can't say your comparison works, because by and large the players, past, present and future, really aren't getting any hit that would hurt them for the rest of their lives.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    I can't believe these comments. This is nothing less than a lynch mob. You want to punish those who are responsible? Great, hang them from the light pole, but how is it fair to punish the innocent; players, fans, students.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • For real?

      What you fail to comprehend is that the entire university knew it. Don't be so naive as to say some of the players didn't know. Don't be so naive as to say some coaches didn't know. Don't be so naive as to say some of the administration didn't know. Money talks. 60M per season. What do you think that paid for? A lot. Innocent fans, maybe. Students, maybe. That is the very, very unfortunate consequence of an entire university turning a blind eye. It truly is that simple.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt

    Wins vacated???

    NCAA PUNISHES the kids who played because Penn state adults screwed up? NCAA is no better than Penn state in holding itself untouchable for it's actions!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jaydog

    They should dig up paterno and put handcuffs on him as well as his statue

    July 23, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Academe

    top academic universities admit "student-athletes" with 6th grade reading levels under special rules not available to regular applicants-they get tutors, special exams, etc. - then cover up all these "issues" that arise later-a total joke.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      University of North Carolina Chapel Hill football program, "African studies" classes just for football players, and they didn't even attend those but still got As!

      College football doesn't jibe with the student-athlete ideal. I don't recall meeting many intelligent football players. Support lacrosse.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. DPAlexander

    As an attorney who has seen many internal investigation reports:

    1) The Freeh Report is an exercise in "connect-the-dots," it did not (despite its page length) conduct the kind of in-depth fact-finding that should be the basis for penalties of this, or any other, magnitude.
    Specifically, it still is not clear how and if the offensive actions were motivated in any way by a desire to benefit the sports program, as opposed to benefit other, as yet undiscovered, end goals. As well, it is far from clear to what degree any member of the football program furthered the wrongdoing, considering that a criminal investigation already had been initiated, and the evidence found insufficient.
    In sum, today the NCAA commits an egregious breach of the concept of Due Process on which this country's legal system is founded.

    2) Contrary to the stated purpose of the NCAA is to uphold education goals over sports distractions, the imposition of a monetary fine in an amount creeping closer to billion digits, an amount larger than the GDP of some nations, quite obviously will undermine, not support, education goals. Funding of a penalty of this magnitude obviously will require enormous cutbacks in all areas including education.

    3) In light of the stated purpose of the NCAA to provide preventative incentives and not punitive measures, the fact that the University likely will be subject to tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars of legal fees, costs, and settlements in connection with the Sandusky case should offset any fines that the NCAA seeks.

    4) The NCAA's authority to impose sanctions in cases that fall outside of the implementation of the PSU sports program is at best questionable.

    In conclusion, the NCAA has both rushed to judgment, and failed to understand that it is the courts and not the NCAA that are best able to judge the Sandusky debacle.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • VinceProfessor

      Exactly. This is more like a lynch mob, rather than a judicial proceeding.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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