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. Juan Carlos

    Reading through these comments, it's evident this isn't enough punishment. Every faculty member of PSU needs to be executed. The campus needs to be burned to the ground. Anyone who received a degree from PSU in the last 50 years needs to have it repealed. All employers who have PSU grads on staff need to fire them at once. Anyone who was thinking of applying to PSU this or any other future year should not be allowed into any university in the U.S. And finally, the remains of Joe Paterno need to be exhumed so everyone one of you can take a turn urinating and defecating on them.

    Perhaps with all that we can be the reasonable people we are and begin the healing.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mac Davies

      Preach it brother. Although you may be acting facetious, I agree with the basics of your statement. Any student that continues to go to Penn State after this fiasco has problems. The lenient easy punishment received by Penn State just encourages others to commit heinous acts. Penn State Football needs to be eliminated.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Would you impose the same sanctions on the Catholic Church? Sandusky did it for 15-20 years. Priests have been doing it for decades or centuries. Would you execute every priest for the actions of a few? Would you execute every layperson who did any work, paid or volunteer, for the Church? Would you fire every Catholic who ever went to church, whatever their job? Or would you punish those responsible, including the collaborators, and cripple the hierarchy?

      I went to Penn State. I went there for its quality education, not for its football record. I went to half of one game; didn't even bother to watch the end. I did not worship Joe Paterno as did so many others. Penn State is not a football team. Penn State is a place of learning which has a football team that gained too much attention and power.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NIN

    Some people are asking "Why are the students being punished, for this?"

    Did you see how those idoit students reacted, I mean Rioted after Joe Pa was fired?

    Why is it that people are so stupid that they will defend until the end someone they worship/admire even when that person is caught red handed. Examples include coaches, preachers, and especially politicians...

    July 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Well it's clear that you weren't at the riots, lol.

      Guess what honey, I WAS there and saw what happened. No, it was not like what they showed on your darling little news stations that are oh so accurate. People weren't rioting because of Joe Pa!!! People were rioting because of the emotions and anger about what happened to the children and what a person of leadership had done.

      Oh, and I guess you missed the CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL held the next night where twenty times the number of students who were rioting showed up to show their support for the victims. Guess that the news stations didn't think that was good enough. Or to mention the thousands and thousands raised by the students since then to help fight child abuse, that wasn't good enough to mention either. Or the millions raised each year for children.

      But no, Penn State is a bunch of no good, child abusing, terrible people who deserve to have their scholarships taken away, their university trashed, etc. BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT WILL HELP THE VICTIMS, RIGHT?! You all need to get a reality check

      July 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Estees

      NIN is 100 % correct. And you Sarah are nothing but an enabler. Sarah you are a sad pathetic excuse for a human being. Just like the other Penn State students, you place your beloved Joe Pa above children. You and those like you are what is wrong with the world today.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      NIN, the riot was indeed inappropriate. However, at the time, the Freeh report had not yet been completed. Therefore, there was not yet the overwhelming evidence that Paterno had actively participated in the coverup. All we knew at that time was that he'd heard from McQueary, and then reported the information to his superiors. THAT'S IT. Hardly a heroic way of handling the situation, but it's understandable that there was still some support for him.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Whome

    It's a money grab by both the NCAA and Big Ten no matter how you look at it, no amount of money will satisfy the harm to the kids. Just who do you think will pay the price, thats right the students. The entire administration should be fired and their pensions turned over to the fund for the children, I'm sure the pensions far out-weight the $60M.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GDW

    It's FOOTBALL people. Especially you people at Penn St. Acting indignant, surprised, hurt, taken advantage of – only makes the rest of the world look on you in more shame. 14 years of doing nothing so little kids could be rapped is not acceptable. Start acting like you understand what Sandusky did and Paterno, et all – let happen and the rest of the world will start letting this go. Keep acting like something was taken from YOU. It wasn't. It was taken from those kids.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Insert Clever Name Here

    I'm glad that so many current and former PSU players can make light of this situation... Also, they might want to read up on the difference between vacate and forfeit...

    July 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Say cheese, Kiddes

    Why are only the people in the front row reacting to the news? Their pose of shock and dismay is obviously staged.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. caesaro

    Penn State used the same strategy as the Vatican...let them molest children and then sweep it under the rug to protect their image in front of all those innocent or naive followers that still believe man made churches are related to a God. In this case students still believe nothing wrong happened and are bothered by the punishment. Like when priests are punished and followers still believe. It also happens in politics...Bush take us to war for no reason at a cost of 3 trillion...people still love him. Go figure.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pwp

    Yeah!!!!!! Keep it coming!!! Anyone posting that this was going to far,,,,, I bet you'd feel differently if one of the victims was your child.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Do you really think that punishing the students of the university will help the victims heal?????

      No, if anything they probably feel guilt because they might feel like it's their fault for what is happening. And yes, I do know what that overwhelming guilt is like because I'm a survivor myself. Shut the hell up and take a step back to look at what's going on. The leadership that committed the horrible crimes aren't being punished, the students are.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      Sarah, I agree with you. Widesweeping punishment that goes way beyond harming the actual perpetrators will probably DIScourage victims of powerful pedophiles from reporting their attacks.

      Child abusers often threaten to hurt the child's family if they tell. It's a pretty easy step from that to, "If you tell, they'll either think you're crazy or they'll shut down this whole (team, scout troop, whatever) and then everyone will hate you because it's your fault they can't play here anymore."

      July 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Estees

    Anyone that supports Penn State or continues to attend this school is indirectly supporting the actions of a child rapst.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      By that reasoning, Estees, anyone who continues to watch the NFL supports animal abuse.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jam61

    Look at the faces of the past, current and future students at Penn State and tell me they got what they deserved!!! You holy and righteous people are so vindictive when it doesn't involve you. Those responsible for Sandusky's crimes should be jailed, yes, definitely. But the penalties and fines go against the innocent. Another crime against the innocent. Yet, this one disguised as just????

    July 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    Penn State shower curtains on sale now!

    July 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Concerned fan

    And what is the NCAA going to do with this money??? I bet its going to some FAT CROOK's pocket in the NCAA, this will not benefit the victims and is all about the money and beating the one who is down.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chelle

    I am a Penn State fan and believe that they sould have to pay fines, but to punish the former players and future players of the football program is outragous. They have nothing to do with what happened there........To take those wins from the former players is punishing them not the school itself...........its like they never played........So now the NCAA has made them victims of this whole situation........

    July 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    What worries me is all the students and alumni that continue to support Penn State after all that has come out. Those who defend the university are also defending horrible crimes against small children.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OPEN400

    Joe Paterno is being used as a scape goat .The Freer report acts as if Paterno was the governor of the state of Pennsylvania. Joe Paterno was the not governor of the Pennsylvania. Paterno had no authority over the athletic director, the president of the university, the Penn State board of trustees, the campus security police, the state college police, the local DA, the state police, the Pennsylvania state bureau of investigation and the Pennsylvania justice department. There was no Watergate style cover up. Paterno turned over to his superiors in 2001 – a number of which that wanted him to retire – the incident that was reported to him. There were legal ramifications, so Paterno turned the matter over to his superiors that sat on it.There was no smoking gun against Paterno in that report. It was the State College police in 1998 that refused to follow up on investigating Sandusky that dropped the ball .

    July 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tempertempertemper

      Joe Pa may not have been the governor of the keystone state (Pennsylvania), but he could have called the police. He was a very, very powerful head coach. Although he helped with the school library, he turned out to be an enabler of unspeakable crimes. After 1998, Sandusky should have had a chaperone watching him every minute he was on campus at the very least. Joe, there were payphones way before 1998, why did you not use one?

      July 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      You are sadly mistaken. there are emails in the report that implicate paterno and that he wanted it handled internally. You are also wrong in assuming paterno had no power. He wielded a very strong sword at that school. look at the reports form the people that worked in the compliance dept that were bullied by Paterno becasue they didn't see things the "Penn State way" when they wanted to supend players. Paterno always insisted that he handle and discipline to his team so the truth wouldn't get out. He bullied anyone that got in his way and the top administrators were his puppetts. PSU football was nothing more than a pig wearing lipstick and no different than any other Division 1 program. College football is all about money, The dirtiets business in the country.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArizonaYankee

      I agree totally. And what is very troubling is that the NCAA has totally overstepped it's authority and the new University Authorities are going along with it. Don't get me wrong, the penalties may be correct, but they are not the call of the NCAA. This is a criminal issue, and not an NCAA rules issue. Also IMO, they are vilifying Paterno.. Dead men can't fight back....NCAA cowards....

      July 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • shan

      You clearly did not actually read the Freeh report. If you had read it, you would see how much at fault JoePa really was.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • yup!

      Yeah, keep telling yourself that because no one in the real world believes you.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Perhaps you have not seen the data that shows paterno's involvement to a greater degree than you indicated. Keep your head buried in the ground and you will continue to be ignorant of the facts as presented by Freeh and the trial.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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