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. Laura

    Your fury is misdirected. You should be furious that the culture of football and winning at all costs is what has tarnished PSU's reputation. You go on and on about how lives have been ruined by not being allowed to play a game (which is patently false), yet not one word about the lives ruined because Jerry Sandusky was a predator and the powers that be at Penn State looked the other way to protect their precious football program.

    Hopefully, some of the fines levied against PSU will go towards implementing some type of mandatory class for all students teaching compassion, the difference between right and wrong, and the fact that football is not life. It sounds like you could benefit from a class like that.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris Sanchez

      Yet another wingnut that needs a little tightening

      July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Janine T

      i agree with you our friend. Penn State needs to be perminantly banned from playing football. The students that continue to go to this school are supporting the crime. They should transfer to another school or face redicule

      July 23, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Kids that continue to attend and support Penn State also deserve punishment. By supporting Penn State you are condoning the horrific acts committed by the coaches.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andy NJ

    Wikipedia is quick... those wins are GONE.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big Bird

    I don't like it. I'd rather Penn St be banned from football than a new asterisk created. So now we have two coaches who have won more games than anyone else. This whole issue will now be on our minds until a coach beats Paterno's old record. Stupid move.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • DIEPENNST

      your missing the big picture big bird

      July 23, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Osli

    The NCAA went beyond its charter and mandate with these punishments. If they wanted to punish Penn State to the maximum extent possible the NCAA should have ejected Penn State from their body and declared that no NCAA schools could play any sports against them for 5-6-7 or however many years they chose. This would have been a devastating blow to Penn State.
    This was within their mandate, but the NCAA could not admit they did not have the power to punish Penn State only exile them. So they decided upon a punishment that Penn State, due to public pressure, cannot defend against that is well outside of the NCAA's stated powers.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    never played but am sure a lot of football players go on into society doing wonderful things. not all grow up to be TO

    July 23, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Here is to the new coaches, and the new team. It is done! Now get work and here is hoping you go undefeated. That should be your goal! Show the world that you are above all of this!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Not A Penn State fan

    I have never been a Penn State for anything. I just become one. The NCAA is stepping outside of its charter and is setting avery dangerous precedent in the powers it has.

    As for the winningnest coach in college - that is still Joe paterno – and neither Bowden or the other individual will take any joy in backing onto that.

    As for paterno - hard to defend ones name and reputation when you are dead

    July 23, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Big Bird

    A win is a win. Paterno was absolutely wrong, but he won those games and it had nothing to do with case. Football enthusiasts will continue to think of Paterno has the coach who has won the most games, at least until someone beats that true record.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Donnie the Lion

    Every bit of that $60M fine better go to the victims and not into the NCAA's coffers.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jenny Sills

    Larry, only if thy had pedophiles or rapist on staff and covered it up for decades!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Simon

    What a joke. SMU got the death penalty for recruiting violations but Penn State essentially a slap on the wrist.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    While there is no amount of words nor money that can address the horrible abuse these children suffered, the NCAA has far over reached its authority. This is a terrible crimindal act, with "accomplices". It is not an athletics related issue. The fines are Ok and appropriate. The vacating of the team records, Paterno's coaching records, etc, is a joke. All of the students, players and Penn State fans & alumni are paying a terrible price for the actions/ inactions of a very small group of individuals. This should be a case for the court of law, not the NCAA. Their credibility is seriously jeopardized by "Czar Emmert"!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Darth Cheney

    As expected, all the wrong people are being punished to satiate the witch hunt mob. This will not only hurt the current football players and team, WHO DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG, it will also hurt athletes in non-revenue generating sports by starving the AD through fines and sanctions that will lessen the capacity to draw revenue. So, the mob has just hurt the 19-year old gymnast, the 20-year old fencer, the lacrosse players, etc.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. dd

    To all those hooligans and idiots that protested when JP was first forced to step down. You must feel dumber than you looked when you rioted, bunch of beer-guzzling whack jobs.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. lindaluttrell

    It looks more like the college football players, themselves, got the worst end of this deal! Erasing Paterno's record is one thing, put punishing FUTURE players...really? From reports, the PLAYERS had nothing to do with Sandusky, et.al. It was the COACHES and STAFF that enabled Sandusky.! This looks more like the sad question of how do you punish one without punishing them all?

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

      That's how I saw it as well; when Pete Rose screwed up they punished him not the whole Redsox franchise. Keep in mind though that the NFL will look past any College rulings and recruit Penn State players any way based off of their performance ( not NCAA magic book cooking) because the NFL's a business after all with teams interested in winning (they did give Vick another chance after all). It's a terrible thing what happened to those kids at Penn State due to the Horrific actions of one coach and the further bad decisions of of the other coaches/college admins but the players didn't deserve this BS.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Adams

      This penalties do have a more severe message because it is holding ACCOUNTABLE any other University that is thinking or even trying to follow the same *if you know, don't tell – Penn State way*. All these penalties I see, that are designed to break apart Joe Pa's EGOLATRY and their friends infamous legacy of silence. I agree, that I hope, someone does the same to all predators at the Catholic Church. But, I think this was well deserved by Penn State. STILL TODAY, Penn State officials are on their EGO TRIPS by insisting on leaving JoePa's name in one of their buildings. Is that the legacy they want to remember? Yes, this penalties will impact NEW players but, on the same token, IF I am a football player I won't like to play in such a place like Penn State. Instead of feeling proud, I would feel dishonored because, my COUCH decided to *play the blind* with the suffering of little, innocent children and their families. NCAA THANK YOU, for doing something memorable to ALL and RAISING THE BAR!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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