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. Mike

    Why are there no charges being files against the PSU board members who willingly covered this up?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steven

    I know I'll likely receive severe backlash for this, but slashing the football scholarship may be beneficial. Instead of relying on athletic ability to get you into college, reroute the energy toward greater academic potential, or, if you already have the ability, continue on and don't let sports (football in this case) take away your time.
    Now, I know college is insanely expensive, but the university has become, over time, less of a place for the development and exchange of ideas and intellectual revere and more of a place where athletes are given a free (or nearly so) ride in regards to academics.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • jstsaying

      To anyone upset over the Paterno statue being removed or the fines and penalties being imposed, just look the other way and pretend it's not happening.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. NCAA - doesn't help

    Vacating the years since 1998 does nothing...except point out the fact that the same can't be done for the victims. They can't vacate their memories. Come on NCAA, get it together and QUICK.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • angela

      This is so NOT FAIR to all the past players who played for Penn State. Their careers should not be tarnished because of higher ups at the University being guilty. My nephew was proud to play for Penn State and went to one bowl game. Now all his hard work has been erased. It's just not fair.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      Vacating wins makes sense. They kept Sandusky around knowing he may have participated in criminal activity. Penn State received a recruiting and on-field advantage during that time by not removing him from the staff and reporting his actions.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. MeloK

    when will that corrupt university president be locked up and fined for his crimes and coverups????

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. 1amazed1

    CNN wont post my comments

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Great your punishing everyone EXCEPT the people who were involved...Congrats!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      That's the way of this country. We will punish everyone but the perpetrators and then sit back and think we accomplished something for all good. This decision does nothing to those involved and everyone who worked their asses off gets punished

      July 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sari

      My thoughts exactly. I mean, they should be punished...no question. But these students don't deserve to be penalized for the actions of their coaches!!! It's wrong.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      I agree except Paterno is getting what he deserves.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Missy

    Come on now. Stripping Paterno of the honor of being the winningest coach does not take anything away from the students who played those games. Those who excelled in those games have reaped the benefits by going on to the NFL or simply what they gained in life experience. It doesn't really change their record. It only tarnishes Paterno who should have never been made a God! I would LOVE to hear from players who went on to the NFL from those wins and hear how they personally take it. I don't think they are sitting home crying.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    They should do away with their football program for 5 Yrs too............

    July 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ag

      Great idea, Bob. Because of course, all those hotel and restaurant owners in downtown State College MUST have been part of the coverup, and should be punished by making them lose business.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Why are there no charges being filed against the PSU board members who willingly covered this up?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Max

      If you read the Freeh report, you will notice the Spanier et al. failed to report any of this information to the board members through their monthly meetings as the abuse was going on. Now it is possible some of the higher trustees may have had inside information, but you cannot punish the board as a whole if people were covering up the story so that the board had no idea...

      July 23, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. SPANIER

    What's his fine???

    July 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raoul

    I applaud the NCAA sanctions.... Now I dare the NCAA to be transparent to where the $60 million will be spent and see if they will put this money where their mouth is and put it into children's social services around the country and not into sport programs for these colleges. It is about the children!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    So basically They Suck ..

    July 23, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. CNNIsIdiotic

    I can't believe CNN puts up an idiot poll that asks:

    Yes Penn state got what they deserved
    and
    The NCAA went too far.

    Where is the option of NOT FAR ENOUGH.

    PENN STATE IS PEDOPHELIA and I will spend every day of my life reminding people that forget.

    Remember the kids – forget the useless Penn State football program. FYI – I love football – but not at the expense of humars.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Muhammad

      You're clearly a nutjob.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. AR

    the only people who are really hurt by this are the hundreds of people who make a living on penn state football, and the 15 kids who would have gotten a college scholarship for football but will now be forced to accrue $200k of debt or skip college. Good job, NCAA. You sure made things better. Way to go punishing a dead man and all. I'm sure he really learned his lesson, and will never ever do this again.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. footballisridiculous

    College football is a literal sickness. I have seen obsessed fans in my town for years now, decend and destroy in the name of a good time and looking for a win. It is gross and digusting. Children were scarred for life here and all people care about is the next football gam. Grow up people and get a hobby~a real one that is productive and helps society. What about the young men's lives that were ruined because they were assaulted????? Again, grow up and quit whining about people that covered up a HUGE scandal.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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