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. MTP

    The fact that PSU still has a football program today means they got off easy. That's the NCAA's decision then so be it.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. deweydew

    It's a sad day for Penn State. Why couldn't these penalties have been leveraged at the Catholic Church?

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

      You can't realistically expect an organization that claims to speak on behalf of the God to be put on the same standard as a human organization that claims to strive for highest standard of ethics.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. sam

    I find it incredibly annoying the way they say "This total of $60 million can never reduce the pain suffered by victims, but will help provide them hope and healing."

    The money isn't even going to Sandusky's victims.

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

    Only when 'big time intercollegiate college athletics' ceases to be a multi-billion dollar business, a farm system for the NFL and the NBA and most cases.....a fanatical quasi-religious cult.....only then will things like this cover-up stop.
    Let's make collegiate sports a SPORT again played by true student altheletes.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Memoirs and Future Experiences of a Free Spirit

    Yet priests, pastors and deacons who have done the EXACT SAME THING, some even spanning decades, have received nothing more than a tap on the wrist and shame from the public? I do think Sandusky deserves to spend the rest of his miserable life in prison, but those men and women worked hard to get the achievements they did, and now its being stripped away because of two people. That's wrong

    July 23, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. JustAThought

    "Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord. " Genesis 13:13

    July 23, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    I think the NCAA penalities were more than fair, I would have added a one year suspension with it. I also applaud the NCAA for not penalizing the the scholarships of those existing players by allowing them to continue to receive their scholarships regardless if they chose to continue to play or not. Penn State has an excllent academic structure and now they should focus more on that. Football will forever be changed at Penn State and maybe in a decade or two, could return back to a national presence without the shame it currently has. But until that time, Penn State should focus entirely on academics, afetr all, isn't that what college is supposed to be about?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jenny Sills

    Darth ( love the name by the way!!) What about the countless boys that were abused at the hands of Sandusky and his enablers who allowed it to continue after they found out. There are other schools and other athletic programs. Yes innocent students got punished but how about those innocent kids.

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

    Punishing the whole School is like punishing a whole family because one of them is a killer. This is an unjust penalty to the whole school and its students.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Think About It

      But if the family covered up and lied about the fact that one member commited the crime, then it is just punishment to go after the whole family. That is what many of you PSU whack jobs don't get. The crime wasn't just Sandusky. It was a whole mindset of covering up and lying to protect the football program.
      How many wins occured with Sandusky as a coach? How many wins might not have occured if the program was exposed during the time when all of the stuff was happening?
      Bottom line is- those of you defending Penn State and those poor helpless "student-athletes" and hiding your head in the sand over a true cover-up.... well, you just won't ever get it because you have been and continue to be part of the problem.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    On the poll where is the option that the NCAA didn't go far enough against Penn St.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • VTNRocks

      That is exactly why I did not vote. Thanks!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Observer

    Don't be sad about pretending those wins never happened, Penn State. Pretending something didn't happen is a CLASSIC Penn State strategy.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Not over yet...

    So what's the NCAA going to be fined? Shouldn't they donate every dollar they made on the PSU licensed merchandise since 1998 to child abuse charities too?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Robert Marty

    Too much punishment to the university for something the univerty did not commit but their teachers pr coaches.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. VTNRocks

    Agree it is a shame some of the players have been screwed by current loss of scholarships, nothing to do with them for sure. But it does show that your actions while alive can and do affect people after you are gone. Shame Shame!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • NCAA - cowards

      I love how the NCAA hands down sanctions today and THEN starts THEIR investigation.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. NCAA are hypocrits

    The NCAA are a bunch of hypocrits. Division 1A football is the only college 1A sport where the NCAA has NEVER sanctioned or acknowledged a national champion. Why? It is all about the $$ and the Bowl Games.

    Now with this dumb precedent, every coach, administrato, or athlete that gets in trouble with the law and commits and act "having noting to do with football" than the NCAA now can come in and levy fines and punishments.

    Also, Mr NCAA President – if you take away all those victories, then you had better go back and see which teams "would have" won their divisions ---

    July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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