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. RE McKay

    So I assume that with this huge cash windfall, the NAACP is giving all of the money the victims? Or will the NAACP be giving its staff bonuses instead? The fact that the NAACP fines universities for their problems just shows how corrupt and dishonest the collegiate athletic system is. Does the NAACP ever get a chance to get fines or penalized? Do they pay price for their failures? Sounds like a great Congressional investigation to me!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • lemery214

      NCAA not NAACP

      July 23, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      If by NAACP you mean NCAA your argument might make sense, Mr. Tin Foil Hat Man.

      Nice try.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • DMB

      NAACP is the African American Civil Rights mean to say NCAA... :>D

      July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      lol. ncaa != naacp

      July 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tammi

    That $60 million should have gone to the victims and them some for what they endured. I disagree with NCAA reducing the # of scholarships.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary D

    While it is true that innocent people have suffered because of the acts of a few........this has always been the case.
    It should make us remember that no man is an island, and that all of our behaviors have an impact on other people's lives.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. alan

    Penn State Head Coach: "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." Don't insult my intelligence, huh, coach?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. justplaindumb

    Let me get this straight:
    The current players, and not those individuals involved in the cover-up are to bear the penalty?
    And the group imposing the fine get the money, and they were not the victims?

    And this makes since to you?

    Welcome to our legal process.

    The victim gets nothing but victimized.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mhill1234

      The school is being punished.
      The students are supposed to be there to learn something, not play games.
      This is why Americans are so pitifully unprepared when they try to go to work in the real world.
      This hero worship mentality is disgusting when it comes to protecting football over kids.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Dev

    Who are Jake Kiley and Garry Gilliam ™?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Idiots. One is an incoming freshman football player who's ramblings include "I bleed Blue and White for the GLORY!" Nice to see they are working on toning down the football idolatry at Penn State. Considering the terrible state of his grammar, spending less time on the field and more in the classroom might be the best thing for him. The other idiot is a Washington Redskin who has clearly zeroed in on THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the whole situation. Seriously- this is who they recruit and what they produce. How are they credited as a University at all?

      July 23, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. bvilleyellowdog

    After all the facts are in the team will just be shut down.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. TooMuchCharged

    $60M! For molesting 10 kids over 10 years! That's $600,000 per kid per year! That's outrageous! No kid's worth that amount of money!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • rizzo

      Guess you're just used to cheap kids, ya sicko.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. mhill1234

    College football is a scam.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Terry

    Joe Paterno was a facilitator for a pedophile. The cover-up was designed to protect Penn State Football, the coaching staff, the athletic department, and the millions of dollars that rolled in every year from alumni. I await the cash settlements for the victims, which should exceed $60 Million and forty (40) football scholarships. Since Penn State lost all of the Bowl Games between 1998 and 2011, I am expecting that each Bowl Game Commission will expect to be repaid the funds paid to Penn State for those Bowl Game Appearances.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. maljazur

    I agree with very steep penalties, especially financial ones, because in the end, that's what all the secrecy and protection probably boiled down to. Because there was no allegation of cheating of performance enhancement, I don't know that stripping the school of its wins is necessary. There has been no suggestion that the players were complicit in the scandal, and that's who this penalty hurts the most, as well as the loss of scholarships.
    The net effect, however, will be a lesser focus on football, so that's a fitting punishment for a school that made football KING.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. klerch

    ANYTHING short of the death penilty is a slap in the face to the victims. It's the good ole boy network taking care of each other but making it look like they are being tough. SHAME ON YOU NCAA! Oh I love the poll on this page, did NCAA go to far or did they get it right. NO, I want the choice "they didn't go far enough!

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

    An unrighteous ruling by the unrighteous men who govern the NCAA. Those kids worked their butts off and earned those wins. So why punish them? Answer: Incompetence and an inability to judge by a righteous standard. In my book they will always have 409 wins. Anything else is just a lie.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. rizzo

    Good. I've been complaining for 10 years that the only thing PSU was out to do was make cash from football and tuition and to funnel money to Spanier's contractor buddies. Shut the whole school down for a year, hire all new people to run it and then maybe you'll have done something good for academics.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michele

    I think people like to see heroes fall. We have to remember who the criminal is here. I don't believe there was any kind of conspiracy to cover up anything here by the university as a whole. Were there individuals who made bad choices? Yes. The monster is in prison. Let's not punish the thousands of us who still love our school, including those kids who played football during those years & now have nothing to show for it. I think it's a shame.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mhill1234

      The former head of the FBI said there was a conspiracy to cover up the crimes.
      Conspiracy is a serious felony.
      Even felonies aren't enough to stop college football.
      Kids who want to play football, should go somewhere else.
      Kids who want ot play football in college are just getting a free ticket to try out for the pros.
      Disgusting the amount of support this ciminally negligent college has.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
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