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. Mary MGuinness

    Now let's do the same to the Catholic Church!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jewel60

    I am agree with the Penn State penalties and more!!! They should be banned from hostings games and making money for five years or more!!! But who will receive the fine money? Even the NCAA or government should not get anything. This money should go back to the families affected or organizations that will continue to fight for the rights of abused and abandon children and youth. Penn State should not receive any money from businesses or organizations because we are enabling them and being accomplices. Their football tickets, seating, parking and etc., rates were outragegous. It was all about money and power and then cover-up because of their "reputation". The government needs to investigate all schools, churches, organizations, etc., when it comes to children and make sure that all who do work there are cleared and continue to be cleared as time goes by as power corrupts. Why does the government have "clearance, police record and child abuse" applications if it does not enforce it at every level where children and young people are involved. Goid bless America!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack from Tennessee


      July 23, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. TImothy Hutchings

    Unfair to the players who had nothing to do with the incidents? Correct. Fair to the university who did nothing even when it was reported? Absolutely. Unfortunately the players from the past and present will be affected by the sanctions imposed, but this is bigger than any player. The sanctions do not change what the players in the past actually did on the field, nor will it change the things the players do in the future. The powers that be forgot what PSU's principals are "I will demonstrate social and personal responsibility." Football became more important than morals.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jen

    So, what do you think of the Joe Pa legacy now?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. phillip marlowe

    Makes no sense, penalizing all the young players and all the honest hard work they put in. And Paterno died of a broken and remorseful heart. Sandusky is going to his own hell, why continue to punish the innocent as it seems.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Flynn

    I am curious to know if the NCAA was ever contacted back in 1998 during that investigation. I mean, how could something like that investigation be happening and the NCAA not know? "According to a Pennsylvania grand jury report, Ray Gricar (now missing) investigated allegations that Sandusky had inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy in a school locker room in 1998." Just wondering and think it would be worth looking into.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. ajw3

    Now, if we could do something about Duke I would feel better.

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

    It is interestting that Freeh got to write his own report without having to be questioned or challenged on his findings by those that he persecuted - No due process for Joe or anyone else (yeah yeah I know the kids had no due process ewither) - but one has little to do with the other -this decision stinks to the rafters

    July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Floyd

    Penn St. deserved everything it got and more. Putting their personal egos and money above innocent children is a slap in the face to our civil society. All these colleges care about is money. Why do you think tuition keeps going up? Because they are greedy SOBs. The cost of education is not going up anymore than inflation, yet colleges are raising rates twice that of inflation, because they can. Colleges are no longer about higer education, it is simply a money grab, and Penn St. is the most egregious exaple of this behavior. In addition, they should disband Penn St. football for 10 years, and make Penn St. pay for each member of the football team to transfer to another school and pay ALL of their school costs until they graduate at the other school. Penn St: what a disgrace.

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

    NCAA did the RIGHT thing, now staff at other colleges will also do the right thing. Removing statue of Paterno also the RIGHT thing, now only those who behave with integrity, not greed, will be honored. Penn State now has to declare Paterno contract null and void so that his family are not sitting around benefiting from evil being hushed up.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jack from Tennessee

    Welcome back Eddie Robinson to the coach with the most wins.... The coach that done it the right way!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. David

    I often punish students for the faculties faults. I punish employees for the mangers fault. I punish the poor for the rich man's faults. I always puish the wrong people. This is pure logical thinking.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamester

      Couldn't agree more.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. AWorkingAmerican

    This is all wrong...

    I agree with the fine, forfeiting wins, etc. Yet college sports are still about the students... the kids. There are Freshman at the school that will be penalized because they accepted an offer to attend Penn State. 'Going forward' penalties make no sense as it harms those who are not part of the past problems.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack from Tennessee

      Students were given the right to transfer w/o penalty, the one who do not want to transfer will keep scholarships as long as they are academically eligible. I cant believe i am agreeing with the NCAA but this is right along with taking down the statue..

      July 23, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Julia

    Get over it. It was the right penalty. Try to explain your point of view to one of the victims.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      I'm trying to explain the point of view to the students who had nothing to do with it. It's NOT working. They don't understand why YOU want to punish THEM.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. David

    I often punish students for the faculties faults. I punish employees for the mangers fault. I punish the poor for the rich man's faults. I always punish the wrong people. This is pure logical thinking.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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