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. Philip

    Odd. I wasn't aware that Penn State had even stolen a dime that needed to be repaid.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • lalaw67

      Yeah Philip, continue to perpetuate that lie. The majority of slaves were taken against their will by the slave traders, with the lesser number of slaves being sold by opposing tribes. Eventually, those tribes were oppressed by the very same traders they dealt with.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharky


      What the heck kind of stu pid non-related response is that. Stay on topic.

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

      Good luck Pedo State! Your students are delusional!

      July 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    The NCAA fining Penn State for covering up statutory raypes would be like the NAACP fining African tribal leaders for keeping it a secret that they sold their own people into slavery. (a fact US History books fail to teach students. Most everyone thinks slaves were kidnapped)

    July 23, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve From NH

      #1) If the NAACP could go back in time and levy a fine on a tribe in Africa they probably would. #2) Do you really think that has anything to do with PSU, or are you just trying to pass on racist anecdotes any way you can? #3) I'll answer the question for you – slavery in the 18th and 19th century has nothing to do with Penn St., your comments are racist. Go back under your rock.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Oh Phillip, let's not even get into what our History books say about slavery. We already know half the "facts " in our history are distorted beyond belief. So let's stay on topic..

      July 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    ...more accurately, the NAACP fining the entire tribe.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. NCAA : Eliminate It

    The NCAA just proved that it does not care about children. ELIMINATE THE NCAA!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • cedaly1968

      No need to eliminate the NCAA, PSU could simply withdraw from it. I wish the Big 10 would do that and chart a new course in college athletics. Pay student athletes as amateurs, remove the ridiculous NCAA rules on recruiting, create a new and stronger conference integrated into research and education, expand the conference to leagues that the NCAA largely disregards and create a new and exciting sports format complete with tournaments and television contracts. With something close to 5MM alumni – that's a good audience. There is a great opportunity here, too bad the Big 10 will do nothing but take it.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jonah

    Unreal. Too much

    July 23, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Disagree.....Burn the place to the ground, pave it over and we'll call it even.....

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

    Sounds like a death sentence to me. Fair thee well Pedo State University.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. James

    Shouldn't the fines be waived until after any civil cases against Penn State are completed? I mean shouldn't money first go to the victims within a civil case first before the NCAA takes it "cut"?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Doesn't matter. They will still be liable to pay out whatever civil suits and the fines to NCAA. Why should they get any type of consideration. They didn't give it to those kids when they knew what Sandusky was doing.

      July 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Graham Ginsberg

    Child abuse is a serious legal and social issue, not to be taken lightly

    July 23, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jenny Sills

    I think it is great that all those wins since they KNEW about Sandusky are being vacated. How much brains did it take for these morons to go the police? It will not make up for the damage but it is something.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • UGHHH

      have you read the report? The pedo was investigated in 1998 and let go by police, the DA, and public welfare

      July 23, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      It may not have repaired the damage already done, but it could have prevented new victims. Paterno and the others were just happy it was their kids.

      July 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Oz

    Wow. Sounds a bit too harsh. Why would they punish all those players who worked so hard to win those games by "vacating" all references to them? Not fair.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve From NH

      Life is not fair. Ask any of the kids molested by Sandusky.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • pablo

      Every sanction ncaa imposes is not have fair to the players. Were the players on usc there in 2004 for the regie bush scandal? No but they suffer the consequence. The list goes on with examples

      July 23, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Graham Ginsberg

    Strange that when one mentions h-o-m-o-s-e-x-u-a-l-i-t-y the post does not show, but its fine to mention child abuse and the post shows.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jenny Sills

    Of course it is penalizing football. That is where it happened!!!!!! These are the morons that covered it up. You want to go to college get the grades people. Your brains will last longer that way.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jefferson

    Penn State is tarnished forever. I hope they lose their accreditation as a university. The Paterno family should be sued for every penny. Paterno is the new Hitler.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael


      We're talking about a pedophile cover-up. It does not rise to that level.

      I invoke Godwin's Principle; you lose.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Oz

      Jefferson, please don't take this the wrong way but you are a complete moron.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mylky

      @Jefferson. You're an idiot.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      Jes us fraking christ paterno the new hitler?????? Yeah because not reporting a few child molestations, as horrible as they were is really the same as purposely murdering millions to create a perfect Aryan race. Oh my bloody g od.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jenny Sills

    Oz, DO you think it fair what happened to all those kids at the hands on Sandusky and his enablers? I think it is very fair and reasonable.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Oz

      No. But the kids who played at Penn State over the past 15 years had nothing to do with this and they are being punished. I have no problems with fines, removal of scholarships etc. but this part of the punishment is wrong.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Toltec

    Some people are probably taking this very hard and are hurting right with it.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
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