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. Patrick

    Does the post season ban also preclude PSU from getting their share of the other Big10 Schools postseason money?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Todd in DC

    Scable, you are joking, right? There is a little invention called 9-1-1. Or are you suggesting that merely telling a higher up, and then covering it up is acceptable? You wouldn't happen to be a catholic priest by any chance, would you?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Merita

    I say GOOD! Too many knew what was going on. Anyone in an authoritative position is required, by law, to report a child abuse crime.....How could they all just look the other way? Their status meant more to them than an innocent child's well being. Way too much importance has been placed on sports..so much so that young children have become toys for the higher ups...They had a great thing going ...Let this be a lesson to society that Money CANNOT buy EVERYTHING.. This punishment attempts to put sports into the proper perspective.. These kids are left with a lifetime of distrust that they have NO CONTROL over. many other issues will remain with them throughout their lifetime.. What is more important to you????? The well being of innocent children???

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. juco bound

    Yes, punishing the innocent is clearly the way to go here! Let's punish my future son for what my son did today. I would expect nothing less from the NCAA. Crooks in action. Take the money, punish those responsible, But to say that we care about kids and students, then turn around and punish them, come one NCAA.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mac Lorry

    If it's okay to punish players who had no involvement and knew nothing of what was going on, then the NCAA itself should be subject to punishment. I support the Federal government fining NCAA 60 million and vacating all contracts since 1998, and banning all playoff games for four years. What's their defense, that they weren't involved and knew nothing of what was going on?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nathan

    Isn't it the definition of irony that one man (Joe) with all the power is being penalized by one man (Emmert) with all the power? I don't care about the money, scholarships, or post-season ban, but stay away from vacating wins! A bad decision by Joe off the field should not tarnish his reputation on the field!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ellix

    Don't care about the money, ... But to hurt more kids by clearing out their stats is the answer?? Really! Remember, The players didn't do anything in this situation. Maybe they got more support than they should have... but show me a team that doesn't!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    The tax payers of the state will pay the fine, not the University. So the tax payers get screwed. The officials should get the fine. The NCAA is just stealing from the taxpayers of the state. that sucks.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    It is only football – just a stupid game. No one cares whether Penn State ever plays another football game or whether they even have an athletic department. The NCAA should have banned all intercollegiate athletics there, forever! It is a mediocre university with no particular academic reputation – just a badly flawed athletic program, complete with fans who seem to be as fanatical as the Taliban. Stop whining and get over it. If you graduated from Pen (as in Penitentiary) State, you made a poor choice and now you are stuck with the consequences.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      Where did you graduate from Rob?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Wow...what a jerk you are! If people graduated from Penn State (as in the Pennsylvania State University) they have a degree from a good university. Just because some people who happened to work for the university are involved in this scandal does not mean that the well-educated professors did not do their job in teaching their students. My husband has a degree from Penn State and is proud of the work he put in to earn his degree. Think twice about the stupid comments you make on here!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • HUh?

      How is graduating from college a poor mistake?

      July 23, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. njemnu

    Gross exaggeration! This is an example of populist justice. Those who committed a crime have been punished. Why not ban the Catholic church in areas where kids have been abused?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Amy

    I agree with the sanctions except for the scholarship loss for the innocent football players that had nothing to do with this whole mess. Why should they be penalized? For some, there will be no way they can afford the tuition, and too late to apply to other schools. Had they known this would happen, they would have gone to the other schools that possibly offered scholarships. It's too late to pull these scholarships now. Not to mention the broken spirit of the players.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jenny Sills

    Shocked is Joe Pa the winning est coach or worlds biggest enabler?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • OtakuAnthony

      The RCC is still the worlds biggest enabler. I am not trying to be an apologist here, but what Mr. Paterno did was terrible we can all agree on that. The Pope's of the RCC (and I do not mean just one person I use to to refer to others who were in charge of the RCC since this goes back some time) also knew about abuse. Hell my grandmother used to tell me this stuff happened way back when she was a kid (the RCC stuff).

      I do not have much a favorable opinion of NCAA (I think they are a clueless corrupt group anyways. Now I know life is not far, but the students should not be punished nor should the taxpayers of PA (I am one of them). What I want to see is those on the board of trustees be dealt with and that includes the Govern of PA since he is on the board (I never liked him that much to begin with). The whole irony with that is, he used to run ads when he was running for Gov was that he protected children from predators. Obviously he failed to do that since he had to know SOMETHING.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. janie eileen jones

    The astounding thing is that there are still people who support Paterno and are spouting PSU fanboy nonsense.

    I fully support the NCAA in their decision.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Captain Obvious

    Now Penn State fans have an idea what it feels like to be a 12-year-old boy in the nittany lion shower room.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      All there is to say is that which most people already know...at least those with common sense see...the innocent are being punished and judgement is being placed upon a program that has allowed many players to graduate from a university that may not have otherwise!!! I don't agree with what happend today at all and I don't agree that society keeps incriminating a dead man. The man who should be the focus is sitting in jail awaiting his sentencing and basically is not being tortured like the Paterno family has been. Simply unbelieveable. Don't worry though...those who judge will one day be judged themselves and what a day that will be!!!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Donnie the Lion

    OMG....Mike McCreary's dad doesn't have the balls to call the police and now current and future PSU students pay the consequences. So unfair, and so stupid.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I think you missed the part where PSU's leadership covered the whole thing up.

      They got what they deserved.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • SBFlorida

      After all this you still don't get it?

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