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."

Do you think the NCAA penalties against Penn State were fair? Share your view with CNN iReport.

[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. Squeezebox

    The punishment was completely off target! In this case, it was the grownups, not the players who did wrong. What they should have done is insist on a complete cleaning of house, both in the football program and the president's office to fire everybody involved in the coverup. They should have used the threat of the "death penalty" as the stick to get those people fired, but the students still deserve their scholarships.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PSU Alum

    Doesn't anybody realize that Penn State is a state backed university, which means that the taxpayers are going to be paying this fine. Who do you think fills the budget gap when the school has to pay $60mm plus ~$13mm per year for the big ten fine. Certainly the ban from bowl games/championships will do enough to hurt the program and thus mitigate the disproportionate influence of the football program, but you're really just hurting slews of innocent people here by giving the power hungry NCAA the right to play judge, jury, and executioner.

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

      you're an idiot. it comes from the football budget, which is worth 60 million a year. none of that money was going to education anyways.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think About It

      The irony is that the now-Governor of the state was the Sate Attorney General who initially tried helping in the cover up. And he's now on a one-man crusade to cut education funding to state-supported schools. Wonder if he'll change his tune to help out PSU.
      I don't care if it raises tuition at PSU, but I do care if it diverts taxpayer money away from places that deserve it in order to pay PSU's debt.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      So you are saying that all citizens of Pennsylvania are responsible for the crimes against the children? Maybe you need to be locked up too.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufusclyde

      We realize that Penn State football is a money making business.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I didn't see anyone complaining about taxpayer moneys when PSU paid Paterno his exorbitant retirement package.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • toofarawayfromboston

      I reside in PA and my husband's great uncle (or may have been great great uncle) was Provost of PSU decades ago. The NCAA and the Big Ten did right. How the fines are paid is not their responsibility. PSU has millions and millions available... They need to pay it and shut up, as do the PSU Alums whimpering about the fines and sanctions.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • toofarawayfromboston

      @Ron exactly.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Why take away wins that the players won? Coaches yes but not players.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      It's a separate budget. Football programs take very little state funds and also contribute very little of their earnings to the school's overall budget. In reality, even as a fan, I must concede that they, and Basketball, are a distraction and jeopardize the academic integrity of the entire American college system. There is simply too much money in these sports which explains the level of corruption we have witnessed over the past 20-30 years. The solution? Offer the players salaries with the option of converting their earnings to tuition reimbursement if they desire an education. In addition, take some of this gargantuan revenue stream and give it to the academic programs. The King must die at evry scholl.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      No Football revenues will pay this fine.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • It won't be the taxpayers.

      Who pays? Big-bucks alumni. They'll make $160 million in no time at all.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    Big Ten should throw them out of the Conference. I don't want them in the Big Ten.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Totally agree. kick them out of the BIG 10

      July 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Voice of Reason

    Are there going to be any sanctions against the University as a whole, rather than just against the football program? This crime had to do with a football coach, but it wasn't a problem isolated to the football program. It reflect on the entire university. Is any academic or state governmental organization going to place sanctions against the other University programs as a result of this failure to act and cover-up on the part of University administration?

    I think a less-harsh NCAA penalty and a harsher generalized sanction against Penn State would be more appropriate.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ketih Wolfe

    This is wrong to hurt more kids! Those students of PSU did nothing to the victims of this event. Tomorrows students did nothing wrong to those victims. Jail for those that covered this including Mccleary is what is due.
    My daughter will now now go to PSU even though she has dollars given her. She will go now to a none sports school.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think About It

      I hope that PSU will teach her to have better grammar and punctuation than her dad.

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

      Are you seriously saying that hurting kids by molesting them and "hurting" kids by placing restrictions on the football program are the same thing? Your daughter is supposed to be going to college to get an education, who cares about the sports programs! People with the same mindset as you are the ones that perpetrated the coverup that allowed more kids to get molested. You'd rather have your football drug every Saturday than see that the right thing is done.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      Open Invitation: To anyone who believes/opines that the sanctions against PU is unjust/too harsh: go right ahead and "assume the position" of the myriad of Sandusky's abuse victims (think shower) and DO NOT expect a single, sane, competent, adult to come to your rescue. DO NOT expect Joe or anyone else to give a rip that your life will be ruined so that football can continue. Cuz YOUR life doesn't mean a damn to Joe or PU. Better yet, if you are a parent, send your kid on over to take a shower–

      July 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Shaw

    So basically you punish the players too?

    July 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dw

      "The players" were freed up today to transfer out of Penn State to go anywhere they choose without any penalties attached to them. Personally, if I were them I'd be HAPPY to get the heck out of a nest of evil like PSU, where they can remove Paterno's cursed statue, but can't erase the stech he and the rest of the school's leadership left behind.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good

      Yep. Good riddance

      July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dw

    I agree with the more than 71% who respnded to the poll here saying "Penn State got exactly what is deserved". The entire leadership at PSU, from Paterno to the University President, were accessories to a major felony against children. I only wish Paterno was still alive to be led away on charges in handcuffs!

    July 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chip

    Ultimately, this is an empty action by the NCAA. Nothing is being done to address the "football first culture" (or "basketball first") that exists at nearly every university in America. More than punitive measures against Penn State, sweeping policy changes are required across to NCAA regulations. The NCAA is just burying its head in the sand.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. toofarawayfromboston

    I, initially, thought the NCAA should have just put PSU's football program down, laid it in a coffin, nailed it shut, taken it out to sea and dumped it beside Davey Jones' Locker. However, thankfully, calmer and more wise minds prevailed. PSU deserved what it got. The NCAA and Big Ten did what was right. I was wrong...

    July 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Good

    Football at most state universities is pathetic. If the revenues from the football games were going back into the schools as a whole and not just back into the football programs, perhaps we would have a better academic reputation in this country. It is so sad that there are still supporters of this school. One must question the values of those who do.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Baffled

    I am perplexed to see posts like pictures of championship rings and the outcry that NCAA went too far. While I understand people will have pride in their school and alma mater, what did you think was going to happen? Your school allowed a pedofile to damage the lives of countless youths. When I see pictures of championship rings and statements like it Penn St vs the World, I cringe thinking that these individuals don't think that their school did anything wrong. I wonder if these people have morals at all. If you do something wrong, then you're gonna get punished. I guess they have the same screwed up morals as those at Penn State that allowed a pedofile to roam the campus.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Hey, what did the students ever do??? Absolutely nothing.... why are they having scholarships taken away from them?!?! Yeah, the bowl games and fines make sense.. But taking away a student's ability to get an education?! NO!

      July 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. krs

    Some of you are so selfish-all you can be concerned about is your "wins". They weren't taken away from you, they were taken away from the coach who "owns" those wins because he resorted to gross negligence and facilitated the harming of innocent children to obtain them for himself. I get it-you were there, blah blah. Shouldn't you be sad that something you believed was good has been tainted by the horrible actions of a few bad men? If it were you, or your kids, I bet you'd be singing a different tune.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Delphi

    Why doesn't your poll include the option, "No, the sanctions did not go far enough" ????

    July 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. northernCA

    can't wait for the Ped State t-shirts to be sold at the away games because they should't be having ANY games. The NCAA was too tame in their punishment!

    July 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DJ

    Its a gay sickness thing...

    July 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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