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. Michael

    Wow; that's a stiff penalty.

    It's an excellent statement, though. The money is to be paid to external programs, nothing controlled by the university. Plus, it's one year gross revenue, and a four-year probationary period.

    Do not cover-up what may be criminal activities of others, just because they're part of "the culture".

    July 23, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alex

    Gutsy. That what it takes to return the sense of normalcy.

    Stop whining, Penn people and share responsibility. Or does "We Are Penn" pertain only to winning?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      Share responsibility??? Really?? Well any crime you are not directly involved with , I will demand you share responsibility. So hey what happened in the Colorado theater, you share responsibility for that crime.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oscar disabled vet.

    I think the they handed down the right punishment. they are trying to change the culture of penn state FB. an this was to remind everyone that you cant abuse children or abuse power Football has always been the universtys bread money an now it will serve an actuall purpose.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Everyone seems to have missed the point here. The Penn State fb team and program didn't do these awful crimes. The NCAA has overstepped it's authority and is abusing it's power and well as the Penn State fb players. All teams should resign from the NCAA. No one needs an all powerful over-lord. Put Paterno's statue back. It was erected to show an accomplishment in fb history, unequaled by anyone. A record that can and will, forever, stand. Give credit where credit is due. Due try and convict a man that is no longer around to defend himself. Is this what is known as humanity?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. SwEtMsry

    Who gets the $60M....... the victims???

    July 23, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick


      July 23, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The victims don't get the $60 million. The victims can file a separate suit, as it should be. The NCAA can't determine the damages to the victims, nor should they.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      No, the money goes to victim programs across the country.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    I want some Ws! If I recall correctly, Bobby Bowden lost Ws for a cheating scandal. Well, this is a lot more grave than cheating. I want some Ws, NCAA!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bigboard

      Vacating every win since 1998 is what, losing something over 100 Ws or close to it?

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

    I don't understand! I'm sorry, but what does it mean to vacate? And what did they do to the scholarships? I get the fine part though...

    July 23, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • caroline

      Vacate means they take away the wins as if they never happened. It doesn't say anything about taking away losses, so I suppose Paterno's record will now be all losses.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dave Braskey

    Can someone please ask him how he would feel if they put his SON (or wife, or other sibling) in prison for ten years or more for a crime HE committed. Why do the innocents have to suffer?? Fines are OK; good can come from them. Delete records, etc. Thats punishment for those involved. Why punish kids in school now and continue to ruin their college experience. Hasn't there been enough anguish over this already.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      they can transfer without having to sit out....most of em probably already had plans to do so anyway.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Agreed. Yes, what Sandusky and his protectors did was horrific, and the university powers-that-be should have to pay–big. But, where does one draw the line between punishing the university and punishing kids currently at the university in their football program who had nothing to do with this scandal? A number of these guys came to Penn State on football scholarships and have plans of going further in their athletic careers. Now those dreams might be getting dashed entirely, unless they can somehow transfer to other schools, or unless there is some mitigation to this penalty. I feel like there has to be some kind of consideration for how this could affect their futures, and right now there is none whatsoever.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      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."

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

      They should allow current scholarship students to transfer.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      ...ruin their college experience? This is exactly the problem...their college experience is in the classroom not on the football field.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jenny Sills

    Yes I suppose it is unfortunate that there are innocent victims in the punishment. BUT most of those players do not play anymore or are pro. So they have moved on. The abused boys/men will live it forever.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gaar

    And just what will the NCAA do with the 60 mil? If the NCAA gives the money to the Victims of Sanduski then the world is right. Something tells me that's not what is going to happen.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Sandusky victims will file their own civil suits. NCAA does not have the authority to determine civil liability on the school for the victims. BUT, they can fine the school and put the fine towards programs that benefit victims of similar crimes.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    Not harsh enough. The only way the NCAA could have regained ANY credability in my mind would have been to kick Pen State out permanently. The NCAA is just as guilty of lack of oversight. I am done with supporting college sports.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jd

      you supported college sports? BWHAHAHA you are full of yourself.

      no big loss.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jefferson

    And you don't think that the football players also knew that Sandusky was a pervert and molested those young boys....I believe the whole team knew....everyone knew and did nothing

    July 23, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Julia Hernandez

    Why is the NCAA punishing Penn State for the crimes the people that worked there committed? They should go after the ones responsible not the college or the football program. Don't people realize that by punishing Penn State with a hefty fine the tuition will go up, attendance might drop and the spirit of the students will be somewhat broken. I believe everyone involved in the scandal should be punish but not the football program itself. Many students look forward to this program whether for distraction or with the wish of making a name for themselves in the field. it is not fair that they should be punish for the crimes other people committed. They people involved should be fired(with no benefits, no package deal), they should pay the fine and not be allowed back in. The way I see it only one person really got punished but what about those who looked the other way. Everyone that was involved should be held responsible. By fining Penn State and imposing other punishments you are not doing the students any favors, and the students were not at fault!!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      It's very simple really. This sends a CLEAR message that the NCAA will not stand for schools putting sports ahead of morality and ethics. This wasn't just a problem with the 4 or 5 people in power. This is a problem with the entire "WE ARE PENN STATE" mentality, is SUPPOSED to be an environment that opens the minds of students but at Penn State, it was all about confomity, back the school regardless of right or wrong, tow the line...and these people STILL don't get it...Paterno himself intervened when the ranking officials were about to go to the authorities...HE protected a pedophile for 14 YEARS so he could maintain his football program...the ONLY way to appopriately punish is to take away EVERYTHING he tried to protect by protecting Sandusky...the ONLY way to correct the football first mentality is to destroy their football program. If you are furious about it, then YOU are part of the problem...

      July 23, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Betsy D

    I understand the fines, the ban, the probation etc. Awful but what they covered up was awful. What I don't understand is how you can negate 15 years worth of wins. That's a petty dig at Paterno's record. And not from Paterno but from the PLAYERS!!! They played those games, won those games and deserve to be recognized for that. What does this say to them about their efforts???? I think that is a shame and just plain mean on the part of the NCAA.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sheril

    I think this is a travesty. SMU was given the Death Penalty for infractions that were completely minor as compared to what happened at Penn. I think it is a disgrace that Penn did not receive the Death Penalty.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      Apples and oranges comparison. Penn State not the same as SMU. SMU's football program directly violated NCAA rules. Penn State it was a few people in the uni that violated criminal law, not NCAA rules. The cases are not the same.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joseph

    A monster was allowed to operate with impunity to protect football, thus football pays the price. Penn St. will take 15 years to recover.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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