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. Mark

    It makes me sick that Penn State is getting away with just a slap on the wrist. The school needs to be kicked out of the NCAA. Anything less is an insult to those tortured by the coaches.

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

      i agree

      July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. thatguybill

    These penalties will, unfortunately, cause a lot of collateral damage to students, athletes, and the town surrounding PSU. Punish the people who caused it.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • morris6

      I would keep adding penalties until Penn State faculty and students demonstrate that they have let go the illusion that Penn State and Joe Paterno were sparkling ideals of excellence. Until they are objectively and contritely are able to separate the good aspects of Penn State from the demented structure that allowed horrors against children to be committed, their University should be penalized and monitored. Until full responsibility is taken, the University is not trustworthy enough to step forward into the future of organized sports. I can not understand why the death penalty was not invoked.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • F Facebook

      A win is a win. you cant take it away. They didnt cheat on the field. Joe P. cheated on what was the right thing to do with Jerry. Joe P is still the winningest coach

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

      Completely agree. But unfortunately in college sports, people make mistakes and move on..and those who are still there are left to deal with the consequences. Just like Pete Carroll's ex-players being banned from bowl games while Pete Carroll lives it up in the NFL.

      What direct punishments are those responsible actually going to face?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian32

      There is noway none of these players didn't see it. Many of the incidents happened in their showers while they practiced outside. Players saw it, knew it and said don't need proof of that. PSU is holding back and dishonest. The way some of these PSU staff members come off in their smug and ignorant. This program deserves what they get. The program should be demolished completely. The price they are paying is just peanuts. Ridiculous.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

    What's the difference between the PSU scandal and what's going on in the Philly catholic church
    besides 100's of more victims. What punishment should be handed down them?

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

      Does the NCAA oversee the Catholic church?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mom_of_2

    I am pleased that Joe Paterno didn't "escape" the shamefulness of his actions by dying before the trial. His legacy is forever tarnished, as it should be. God Bless the victims who have suffered enough. Penn State will never be looked at the same again. Good job NCAA!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Don't show your ignorance

    Specifically to 'Jen', but applies to many...don't be so "sure" of anything for which you have no frame of reference. You're "sure" that the players heard the rumors....REALLY? You're probably just as "sure" as Freeh was about the SPECULATION in his report. Just one more trying to make a name for himself at the cost of learning the facts.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    They should leave the statue up & put up a statue of a little boy looking up at Paterno Crying...

    July 23, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. jay

    Thankfully the $ 60 million is going to Child Abuse Prevention and not to be spent on more Football programs – hopefully it doesn't end up at a charity like Jerry Sandusky created!

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

    Though they were hit a little harder then I expected, it is what it is, and this is the price you pay for having such low moral standards.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. justice

    Now on to the Catholic Church.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    I think they are punishing the kids -who in this case – did nothing wrong. They should be fining the people involved- there are kids that won't be able to go to college now and you are punishing them fro doing nothing wrong.

    I think all the punishment should lie on the administratin and football coaches and not the kids....

    I agree they need to send a message- but hurting the kids won't help any. There are plenty of coaches out there that worked for years with kids in a postive manner and never tainted their program. (like Osborne) -this was a tragedy that could have easily have been prevented. These coaches are put up on a pedestal by the fans and the money generated from football is enormous. This is why nothing was said- it's all about the money.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. morris6

    I would keep adding penalties until Penn State faculty and students demonstrate that they have let go the illusion that Penn State and Joe Paterno were sparkling ideals of excellence. Until they are objectively and contritely are able to separate the good aspects of Penn State from the demented structure that allowed horrors against children to be committed, their University should be penalized and monitored. Until full responsibility is taken, the University is not trustworthy enough to step forward into the future of organized sports. I can not understand why the death penalty was not invoked.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Think About It

      I think you are correct. The amount of support people are still brainwashed in to giving PSU is laughable in my eyes.
      If JOePa would've exposed the whole thing back then, then recruiting would probably have suffered, and less wins would've occured. So while it can be thought that the athletes are unjustly suffering from this verdict, I'm certain that it doesn't change anything in their current lives. Now, for the students currently playing, they have every option available to help them succeed. If they want to keep drinking the PSU kool-aide, they can. If they want to transfer with no penalties, they can.
      The true issue here is that PSU supporters need to get the blinders off and realize it should be about education and doing what's right; NOT about football, past, present or future.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    I am sorry, I do not see how this is the players fault? Agree that the coaches and staff responsible for not helping the children should be punished, but why take away the wins from the players who worked so hard to accomplish what they did from 98 -11? This is not their fault in any way shape or form. I feel terrible for them.

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

      Taking away the wins isn't going to harm those players. They're already in the NFL or they've decided not to go pro. They have reaped the benefits of their hard work and the Penn State name that was protected by sacrificing the innocence of small boys. And, if their twitter feeds are anything to judge by, they clearly all firmly believe that FOOTBALL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT thing. Taking away those wins means that in the future, when Penn State is bragging about its sacred football program, it will not be able to include those years as part of its great legacy. There will be a gap in the banners, a black mark in the book, that they will not be able to erase. Which is necessary, because, well, listen to them all! They want nothing more than to forget this ever happened and get back to football. Someone has to do this, because, frankly, no one can trust Penn State or their students to do it themselves, to understand what is the RIGHT thing, because they've been brainwashed.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. M. A. Petroski

    The NCAA's decision is tough, but fair. It puts the entire nation on notice, not merely college sports, that the welfare of our children must take top priority.
    It also FINALLY penetrates the tightly-knit, "circle the wagons" environment of college sports programs, and calls them to be more transparent and accountable to the public.
    Have a great day!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    So what's the point of this exactly? Vacating every win for the last 12 or so years? Cutting scholorships? All that's doing is hurting people who had no involvement with what happened.

    The individuals involved should absolutely be punished. Massive fines, enforce transparency, strike Paterno from the records, but don't punish the students who didn't do anything wrong.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. RtUp

    Some really stupid comments here folks. Of course people care about the Athletic Department at PSU. The crimes of the football leadership have and will be punished; the football program will incurr pain. However, the $60,000,000 penality cuts across all programs; think, field hockey, wrestling etc... Classes on morality and ethics at the university level are too late; mom and dad should have taken care of that long ago.

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