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. Mike in WI

    Time for Americans to have some backbone and stand up for the victims of Aurora, CO and all of the other victims of gun violence. Just as Penn State is being punished we need to send a strong message to the NRA and its supporters for hiding behind the 2nd Amendment in their selfish, arrogant manner when innocent people are being killed!

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

      if we didn't have guns they would just use something else instead, like maybe a knife or a club or explosives. ever think of that?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      How interesting. You're blaming guns for a society problem. Switzerland and Finland both have higher per-capita gun ownership rates. Switzerland mandates their military members KEEP ASSAULT RIFLES AT HOME. Neither of these countries has had more than 100 killings OR ATTEMPTED killings using a firearm in one year. EVER.

      Cars kill more people? Should we ban those? Alcohol about that? Bathtubs .. same thing. You're blaming the actions of a person on the inanimate object. This is the epitome of inane.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Right on to Mike in Wi-its past time we allow the NRA to continue to terrorize all Americans with their ridiculous use of money to intimidate and buy politicians. Lets elect some politicians with a spine also.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Baman

      Should we send the same message to all alcoholic beverage manufacturers, distrubuters, sellers, etc. because 25,000 people each year die due to drunk drivers? Not to mention the medical costs involved in alcohol abuse. No difference.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      That's just idiocy. This nut was hell-bent on killing innocent individuals. If it were not with legally purchased guns, it would have been with explosive devices like those used to booby-trap his home. However, if people could legally concele weapons someone in that theatre might have been able to protect themselves and others.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • JustSaying

      Am i the only one that that finds it ironic that Ohio State University got slaps on the wrists for NCAA violations and Ed Ray is the former Executive VP and provost of Ohio state University and member of the Exutive Committee that placed such harsh sanctions on Penn State. Need i also mention the Bernie Fine scandal which i belive that is where our NCAA president has gone to school. Just saying

      July 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Athena6515

    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.
    THIS IS RIDICULOUS. The 1st incident was reported and investigated to the police, the prosecutor/ DA office, the DPW, THEY decided there was NO evidence to prosecute, Who the heck is Penn State to override the entire JUDICIAL process's decision that there was NO Crime. If Penn State would've fired him for that action, he would've sued and won for wrongful termination since the "action" was unfounded by the DA, DPW, Etc. If they want to vacant stuff from 2001 when Larry, Mo and Curly thought it was a bright idea to "keep it on the DLand hid it" and when they had eye witness information that's fine, but to go as far back as 1998 is ridiculous!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I'm not sure why people are upset about the victories being taken away.......Joe Paterno's entire legacy needs to be taken down..........In my opinion, Joe Paterno should have all of his victories removed.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      They decided there was no crime because Penn States Football program would have been hurt so sweeping it under the rug was much easier. They are all guilty, the whole town, the police, the judicial system, the school and the entire football program. Penalties are harsh, but not harsh enough. There simply is NO wasy you can defend anything that happened with this incident.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • A Miller

      How can they "vacate" games from years past? How do they vacate a game from the past? What do they do, change the records and award the win to the losing team? This would be like finding out some United States president from the past did something crooked, deleting his name from the list of former presidents, and claiming he was never president!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Doc

    Shawn, just say "No" to excessive punctuation.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. LeJohn Brames

    F U Joe Pa! and the rest of your Idiot Lions!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. phonemanray

    Not to take anything away from the horrible crime that was committed, but I think this is the wrong punishment. The football fans and the Paterno family had nothing to do with this. The NCAA should have banned all the coachs in charge to never coach again, and the administration should have been fired. The way it works out, the fans, and the taxpayers of PA have to share in this (and they had absolutely nothing to do with it). Sorry, wrong again NCAA.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. razexpress

    All these punishments handed down by the NCAA is the biggest joke. The players should not have to pay for what happen these players on the team now don't deserve none of this. Its really is a one big joke. I think punishment need to be handed down to all the coaching staff and president athletic director when this whole situation happen. And i blame all the aluminist that knew that this went on. But you never get nothing out of them becasue the certain person that sit on this board give so much money to the university they bought thier way to silence. This is what peoepl need to understand this is a example that the NCAA is trying to make. When they know that certain teams in S.E.C are just as dirty as the next. But its all about how to keep it quite. If media never got involved with this maybe no one would have heard about this case. The NCAA must feel good about what they did will i dont and like i said its all a big joke. They need to be shamed as well as what happen a while back because i know someone thier knew all about this.

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


      This is NOT ENOUGH! The NCAA is protecting their own. This is just like the Catholic Church. Penalized the abused and protect the abusers! Why not fire all the top school officials? Cutting scholarships and penalizing the football team. What did the students do? PLEASE!!!!!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply n. My response....

      July 23, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Big Bird

    The NCAA has now become the bad guy. Nice move. Horrible call.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
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    July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. WillyWalnuts

    Maybe NOW the Media and it's maggot groupies can find fresh meat elsewhere ?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    It's always about money.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. PittUSMC

    ...and the Salem Witch Hunt continues. Why are students that paid tuition being punished because of the actions of a man that is already in prison? How is a man that id dead and not able to defend himself being treated like he molested boys? I won't watch or buy anything NCAA ever again. This is disgraceful and a total abuse of power.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Pitt USMC

      Don't blame the NCAA. The only ones to blame for this whole situation are the PSU administration and Sandusky. If they had not covered this up then none of this would be happening. It is a shame that innocents have to pay for the actions of a few, but PSU brought this on themselves. The blame belongs squarely on their shoulders.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      JC, they investigated it and found nothing. This is a witch hunt and does not even hurt the criminal that committed the crime. The NCAA should be ashamed of themselves. I will never support such a biased and unjudicial system like the NCAA.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gwain52

    I don't have a "Dog" in this hunt because I am a UGA grad. However, I think that wiping out all of Penn State's wins from 1998 through 2011 is a terribly unfair punishment. The players had nothing to do with this tragedy. Most, if not all, of them worked incredibly hard to practice and play in games while simultaneously keeping up with their academic assignments. I believe that this particular sanction should be applied to the records of Joe Paterno and his assistant coaches, but not to the team's record for those years. I see no reason why the omnipotent NCAA could not make that distinction and amend the records of Paterno and his assistants accordingly.

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

      I agree with you on that. The players worked hard - don't take it from them because of poor decisions on the part of the coaches.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Big Bird

    I thought the winner of a football game was determined on the field and not as a disciplinary punishment years later. This is lame.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. james648

    this doesn't come close to what those boys will have to endure for the rest of their lives. I say totally dissolve the entire university all together.

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

      Brilliant... then let's dissolve Aurora, Colorado for gun violence committed there.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Susan

    Elie Wiesel was a child victim of horrible crimes by the hitler regime. Years later he is quoted: "The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference."

    This particular crime against humanity, this man and his actions, the people that turned their heads and allowed it to go on and on, is a perfect example of how the things that we strive for as Americans, love, beauty, faith and life can be taken from us and replaced with indifference.

    An entire company, a business, was created to feed this man's desires. People sent him money to make sure it would grow and continue. State funding was used to create a private and hidden place for him to perform his acts. Yet people out there will defend and justify what has happened right under their noses and fail to see how percariously we are all tied to these events ... how one person's demented choices and the indifference of countless people could lure anyone into victimization. Still many of us choose indifference.

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

      Well said.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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