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. dunce

    We now have collective crime and punishment, something i did not know about socialism, punish thousands for the crimes of a few. Maybe the punishment is just like the cover up, it is all about the money.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. JohnRJohnson


    July 23, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dennis

    You know punish the administrators all you want THEY were at fault but to punish the students this way is beyond unfair. The mass punishment thing works in Baic Trainign to get everybody out of the "I" mentality and started developing a team but he studens had no control and I would venture to guess no knowledge that this was going on until it was reported in the news so why punish them. I say the NCAA nees to relook at the target of their sanctions.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Broadcasting

      Dennis, perhaps the little riot that the students engaged in figured into this.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Players are free to leave without penalty. They know what they get by staying around. They have no right to complain. Personally, I would have liked to see them lose all scholarships for four years.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Unlikely that over the course of 14-15 years not a single student knew what was going on. I bet there were some students who knew and said nothing. Just like the janitors said nothing, just like the administrators said nothing. They were in fear of losing jobs, prestige, maybe scholarships or place on the team. You have to punish the community because the community created the atmosphere in which this was allowed to go on. It's sad for the students, sadder still for the victims.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Angel

    The players are not responsible for the decisions the leadership made. The current players are being penalized and they weren't involved in anyway. The punishment should be against the leadership not the players.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joyce

    Penn State should have gotten the Death Penalty! NCAA doesn't care about kids by this "penalty"!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Muhammad

    lol @ the fat preachers here who hate football.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    Bend over PedoState... here comes your punishment. How does it feel when no one cares?

    July 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. kabelme

    normally, the NCAA (an athletic organization) issues fines/penalties because schools did something to give them an unfair advantage in athletics. I do not understand the waiving of wins, and I don't get the reduction of bowl appearances. Even though the football program wielded lots of power, this had nothing to do with the players, fans, supporters, etc. This was an administrative scandal, not a football scandal. NCAA is without a doubt, punishing the wrong people. Make PSU suffer, that is fine. But let it be through the legal process, not through some athletic organzation.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ceann

    You're going to basically demolish penn state because of the actions of previous leaders with all these harsh penalties knowing as was stated that it won't fix the abuse the victims suffered .. But you're going to leave all the catholic churches alone that have done even more damage ? I mean whatever a little jail time for some bishops, priests, whatever is fine but otherwise leave it all alone. What's done is done and im remorseful for every victim involved but this is just extreme.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • hypatia

      Amen. They're reall brave when punishing a dead guy but don't dare touch the pedo-priests.

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

    This is great! Pedophile State University, YOU ROCK!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Poolchick

    It seems the higher up turned a blind eye so they should be punished. How is allowing only so many scolarships punishing them? Are they not just punishing the kids with that ruling? What am I missing here?

    July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. hypatia

    Why don't they just dig up Paterno and hang his corpse outside the university? That's what the mob of pitchfork-wielders really want.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |

    The cover up enabled Paterno to continue to recruit players who otherwise woudl not have agreed to play at Pen State had they known about the abuse. Therfore, they must vacate those wins. IT IS A FORM OF CHEATING. END OF STORY!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Enough BS

      The goal is not to punish the athletes or ruin Paternos legacy it was to send a clear message to those in charge. If you are going to put football above academics, above students, and above the WELFARE of innocent children, then you will pay dearly. They knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it. Quite frankly they didn't do enough, they should have shut down the whole program and banned them for life. The administrators who knew and did nothing should go to prison. I hope the nation reflects on this and starts putting football in the correct perspective.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      You have got to be kidding me. A form of cheating. What a load of crap.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jd

    What was done on the field has nothing to do with what sandusky did. vacating wins really helps the victims now doesnt it?

    And who gets that 60 million? what is that going to be spent on?

    typical liberal knee jerk reaction. your fruitcakes always fail to see what a football program also does for a college. how many other programs are funded by monies that are created by the football program.
    Yes, joe was wrong, the leadership at PSU was wrong. but vacating wins? stupid

    July 23, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • seamoney

      Typical LIberal Fruitcake blah blah blah..,,This isn't a political organiation, much less a democratic political arm inflicting this. It's the NCAA- a private association that champions school sports. If the NCAA doesn't understand the financial upside to a solid football program, I'll eat my hat.

      This isn't a political issue at all! It's business and PR

      July 23, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. conrad shull

    I spent some time at Penn State as a student. Never went to a game, not a sports fan. What am I paying for, exactly?

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