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. Chris

    i'm amazed by the all people taking the Freeh report as absolute gospel. He was a joke as FBI director and attempted to cover up FBI incompetence and both Ruby Ridge and the Waco seige. He's the last person I would have hired to for the investigation.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dinero

      blame freeh! joe pa's innocent! give back the money to psu!

      July 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. No Excuses

    I wonder how Paterno felt watching that press conference. ...do they even have TVs in HELL?

    July 23, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • wizard2399

      Not mentioned here is the fact that all games from 1998 thru 2011 are voided. So, that 409 wins just became a lot less.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liz

    Since Penn State has now been punished.. I would love to know what punishment the NCAA will be handing to Syracuse University???

    July 23, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ed

    It's obvious that this was a done deal before the Freeh report was released. It was only 11 days ago. The NCAA is trying to show how tough it is to avoid the bigger question of how corrupt college sports have become. What are they going to do to Miami which is under investigation for the 3rd or 4th time? They kept talking about putting academics first; that makes no sense since Penn State had one of the highest graduation rates in the counrty. What about say OHIO Stae with a 60% rate or certain SEC school with 40%.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      Good points!

      July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmbingster

      Thats the thing- penn state did have the emphasis on academics, like you said, evidenced in their high graduation rates. So many of the players were even technically "graduate students" because they were still eligible and had finished their undergrad career. That's the part the bothered me. Penn state wasn't a leading football team for over a decade but those football players graduated. At times I think they they actually put academics ahead of football, otherwise perhaps they would have had more wins. I was a student at psu from 2001-2005 and 3 out of 4 years were losing seasons.

      Punish as needed, but don't say the emphasis wasn't on academics.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. salathieljones

    Reblogged this on The Reflection Theory.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Formerfan

    The NCAA is spineless – even the death penalty isn't a harsh enough sanction. They've given the death penalty for far less henious offences. Fourteen years of abuse and coverups and all PSU gets is a piddling fine and the loss of a few scholarships.
    BFD. This stinks to high heaven. A pox on PSU and the NCAA.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jsmarkley

      They've only used the so-called "Death Penalty" 5 times in it's history. And have not used it on Div 1school since 1987.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • PDC

      You're a joke.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LOL

    When you say "WE," did you mean you as a football player or you as a fan? Because a fan did not win the football game, its the player. So fans, stop saying "WE." "We won the super bowl," that is retarded when people say that.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mordrud

      I think fans should be allowed to say we if they are a real supporter. If they pay for tickets and 9 bucks for a beer, they are paying the players salaries (pro) or paying for the lockerrooms, excercies equipment etc. (amateur).

      July 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stylistkathi

    unfortunately, the only ones who will hurt from this are the future students and their parents as they will have to pay higher tuition to attend and programs will be cut. It was centainly not their fault this happened. maybe the fines should come from the people who allowed this to continue.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. woogie

    I think NCAA sanctions on the football program is unwarranted as technically Penn State did not violate any NCAA bylaws as they pertain to Student athletes

    July 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      No NCAA bylaws were violated because the writers of the bylaws in their wildest dreams would not have imagined laws for this were needed. Don't worry, the bylaws will be changed or at least re-interpreted moving forward because of Penn State's heinous actions (or inactions/cover-up).

      July 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KehLyn

      woogie, since knowingly allowing a child predator unlimited access to all the perks that help him groom new victims is not a "technical" rule – how about failure to follow the laws of the land? The lifelong, irreparable harm that has been done to all the known and unknown victims of Sandusky that were allowed by Paterno and cohorts is staggering in its callousness – all in the name of maintaining the reputation of a game. You think this should go unpunished? Wow you are cold.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    I dont think the student athletes should be stripped of their wins. Maybe the coachs or others who knew what was going on, but not the players who actually played the games.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 514

    Honestly I think they should love there football program entirely. Tear Down the stadium and the statue

    July 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • 514

      Honestly I think they should ***Lose thier football program entirely. Tear Down the stadium and the statue.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reirph

      514......have you started tearing down any Catholic churches?t hey are much worse than PSU

      July 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. E

    This does more damage for the players then the athletic department...Just fire the administration but let the kids play and the students who have scholarships, can keep them. I agree it is a sickening thing that was done, but most of the sanctions effect the kids who had no part in the matter and they are left scrambling to try and pick up scholarships at other schools. Thats why I played several sports, kept my options open

    July 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. EthicsRIP

    I guess the NCAA did what they can do. The actual football players had nothing too do with this. The problem is, the Board of Trustees members and staff at that time and still on the Board or employed should be fired and charged as accomplices. Also, I think the governor should also be investigated. I'm tired of officials "taking responsibility", but not the consequences.
    Jail time folks.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. norm

    I only regret that the @$$wipe Paterno didn't live to see this. May the worms devour his flesh quickly!

    July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Orestes Alvarez

    The thing that bother me the most of this is they are making Paterno as a monster, and the man is not around to defend himself. It is alway easier to blame it on the dead. So all the good things this man have done over the years support to be erase from history. I questions the investigation of Penn State because I believe a lot more people knew about it and they just using Paterno as a fall guy so there will be no more indictments . I make simple, ask every football player who have play for Paterno about his character, and then decide what to call him.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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