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. goingsearching

    the only suitable outcome that would have been a victory for america would be to bulldoze the campus,rebuilt and hire a new staff and board members

    July 23, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. NoPaNoMore

    Penn State decided to keep Joe Paterno's statue up, but it will look the other way.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • drefromla

      F- Jo Pa's rotting corpse.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • drefromla

      F- Jo Pa's rotting corpse.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaydog

      They took down the statue

      July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |

    I don't think people understand that colleges are a business and it survives on money flowing in – whether that's from tuition or contributions/gift, without it, it cannot survive. For years they've attracted students and contributions using their football program. Now with it tarnished, the best thing that they can do is to hit bottom, admit absolutely and unconditionally, and consent to all penalties and build back up. If not, they'll lose students and contributors, and be on a short road that will lead to Penn State's certain death. Think about it – if they fought and stood behind Paterno, and kept trying to dispute the crime, what parent or alumni, or other people of power and influence, will want to associate themselves with Penn State? For some it's political suicide; for others, it's a matter of principle and morality; and for some it's just something they don't want to touch with a 10 foot pole. They're go else where to give their money and education. To be honest, i think Penn State got off cheap – it cold have been lot worse, like NO MORE FOOTBALL PROGRAM FOREVER.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Missy

    The NCAA is HELPING the students by being the leaders Penn State administrators failed to be in teaching that human life is valued over sports or personal gain. It is a lesson they surely will remember.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      The students, football players, fans, and those whose living is dependent upon Penn State football didn't do it.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    The Big 10 conference should strongly consider expelling Penn State.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      The Big 10 conference should strongly consider banning the NCAA.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mother_in_Kansas

      The NCAA did the right thing. Paterno is no better than Sandusky and could have intervened but CHOSE not to. For all the victims, here is your justice! Shameful Penn State will NEVER be the same again.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Can't be undone

    The NCAA can't erase the years since 1998 anymore than the victims can, and for the NCAA to bring this as a sanction is an absolute insult to the victims. They can't erase what happened, just ask them. This is clearly the wrong punishment!!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • DUH

      CLEARLY!!!! Mebbe you should get Joe Pa outta your face.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    Why isn't there a poll option for, "NCAA didn't do enough"? Am I the only one that notices that they are framing the sanctions as "unprecedented" to disguise the fact that Penn State is largely getting off the hook? This program should have been cut.

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

      Well said Kevin.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles Delehanty

      I agree Kevin. CNN is giving this a pro Penn State spin. CNN is just as guilty of white washing child abuse as the original maladministrators were. The football program should be banned for a couple of years. NCAA should place the scholarship players at other schools. When the program starts back up they have to start from scratch. Their corruption,being they were leaders of a major university, has to pay a severe price, and not just the slap on the wrist. The school is a gutless wonder in that they would not suspend the football program theirselves. The thought of Penn State makes me sick to my stomach.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Pathetic. Talk about jumping on the PC bandwagon. The NCAA decision was political not sports driven. They have been swept away by the lynch mob mentality. Somewhere between 6 and 20 are responsible yet the entire program is punished......pathetic.

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

      You need to have effective deterrents, people within all sports organizations need to know the price they will pay for organizational negligence.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Txman825

    I really don't give a crap about football, but this is just insane. How can you control what one or two individuals do in their privates lives and keep it secretely? Should an entire team of players who put a lot of hard work for years be punished for what someone else did without their knowledge? If you were telling me that they find people were using performance enhancement substances while all those years, then I can understand how that can affect the outcome of the actual games.... but how is this even RELATED to the games Penn State played? how is a 60 million dollar fine going to help? cutting back scholarships.. not allowing them to play in post season... how STUPID and Selfish.... not sure how this is going to teach anything

    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    Outrageous in my mind. Why punish the players during this era ?????? Take away their wins ???? These guys worked hard and suffered through the environment that JP and his coaches created. Do you think a 60 million dollar fine (which does not go to the victims) really means anything to the University ? No post season play- so what once again you are taking away that the players work for, not the University. Just a slap on the wrist for Penn State, a kick in the teeth for the victims and the past players who suffered through JP's University supported programs. NCAA blew this one.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. 27F

    This is a total abuse of power by the NCAA. Levy whatever fines you want, but to strip wins from the school is completely WRONG. Those wins are more the players' wins than even Joe's. This does not punish anybody but
    those players who worked hard for those wins and had nothing to do with the child abuse. The NCAA is a complete

    July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    Listen I know that what happened is horrible, a cover up that should never be. I can understand some of the punishment that effects Joe Pa, but I think penalizing the entire football team is a bit much. Just my opinion I see both sides of this awful coin.

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

    HA HA...dirty old disgusting man..don't hear you son whinning now.....not sure what name is more disgusting, Penn State, Paterno or Sandusky.....Come on Big 10....kick them out for life......

    July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matthew Duane

    Presidents cover up decadent knowledge / residents look away and holler for pourage / Board of Education rapists / under rug sweepers / Blow down your cottage /

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

    His gravestone should read 'Joe "Pedophile Protector" Paterno' – rot in hell Paterno

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