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. solowd

    I'm glad the NCAA is doing this. It's necessary.

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

    I have yet to see how they "protected" the innocent players. The NCAA should allow them to transfer without waiting a year.

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

    I agree with the scholarship penalty and 4 years is the minimum appropriate length of time. I don't understand how you can "vacate" facts though. Just because you say someone isn't the winningest coach or that somone lost a game they won does not make it so. Did I miss something? Why didn't they make the other penalties more severe and not try to play hocus pocus with facts. Are they going to tell the victims "you weren't molested" and change that fact, too? The NCAA is silly sometimes. They made the University of North Dakota change their Fighting Sioux logo when many Sioux support the logo and it is a respectful logo. Are they going to make the Fighting Irish change their logo because it actually is a funny looking logo and some Irish fellow might be offended? Did the big cheeses at the NCAA even go to college, or did they just play sports in college? They are ridiculous and inconsistent.

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

      The military strips medals of honor when someone behaves dishonorably and the IOC strips gold medals for dishonor... they are not trying to change reality, you simpleton, just strip the honor.

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

      This is no different from when medals are stripped for steroids or other cheating. Penn State basically put their program above the law and human decency so they don't deserve to benefit from that advantage.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DC

    And the pro Penn-Staters still think this is just about football....un-frickin-believable!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. sick of obama


    If top officials knew, I bet students knew too and did nothing

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

      "Students knew, too?"

      Yeah, right. That grad student working on his thesis in the meteorology lab clear on the other side of campus MUST be punished. After all, every single one of the 35,000 or so students share the blame, right?

      July 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Nothing that would have come down against Penn Sate would have been enough to make up for what happened on that campus. But I am happy to see at least some punishment served against them.

    And to all those folks who are so upset about seeing Paterno's statue taken down, why don't you just do what good 'ol Joe would have done – look the other way and pretend it didn't happen.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. George

    So all the hard working young kids on the team get punished too? All their awards stripped? SO WRONG. Maybe Penn State should refund their tuitions.

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

      I agree. How can you tell a player he didn't win when, in fact, he DID?? Why aren't they going after the adults that they know were covering up the abuses?? If I were a parent, I'd yank my kid out of there TODAY. Who's going to brag about going to Penn. State after this?

      July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cat Mazz

    Why not just fire all of the administration and school staff that had anything to do with the sports program. The students were not at fault, but they are now the ones that are being punished.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. barbb

    The Asministration of Penn State is using Peterno as a scape goat. I think it is wrong to punish the innocent football players.
    Perhaps the NCAA should lookat Notre Dame for possible molestation of football player by the priests.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kristi

    The NCAA had to be harsh so all programs will realize that hiding ANYTHING would be worse than confronting a scandal head on – if the powers that be had done the right thing in the beginning they would have been admired and become heroes – yes the scandal would have been bad but they would have come out of it as heroes – this is what happens when you engage in cover ups EVERYTIME

    July 23, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ted

    Penn State is getting off way too lightly here, they really actually need to start going after teachers and some alumni that have given tons of money for that school, they should be fired and alumni should pay fines, and the school should technically be closed. it should be given to a non-profit christian organisation and make it a christian school and name each major building with the names of the poor victims. this is about the poor kids who dident get resolutions. this kind of abuse needs to stop and this place needs to pay the price....close it!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Truman Reed

    I have been waiting 47 years for PSU adminsitration to get taken down. As a staff member in the 1960's I saw repeated abuse, and reported it again and again to top officials in Old Main, and nothings was done about. After witnessing such terrible acts for 5 years, I left!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sharky

    NCAA should not have gotten involved. This punishment is wrong. Punish admin and only those involved not punish the whole school and all those students.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. spynnal

    I fully support a harsh punishment for those who covered this up. I do feel bad for the hundred of thousands of students who had zero to do with this who are being bashed by people posting. PSU graduated close to a million people in the last decade, almost all of which had zero to do with this horrific coverup.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Broadcasting

      spynnal, maybe the students did have something to do with this harsh punishment.......remember the riot they engaged in?

      July 23, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      What have those people lost except possibly naive second hand pride?

      July 23, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • spynnal

      There weren't 1 million graduates out there Broadcasting. There were a handful of supporters who should be ashamed of themselves.

      Again, 99.99% of people PSU graduated were unattached to athletics or this tragedy. It's them I think the bashing of is uncalled for. Plenty who do deserve punished, but condemning others wrongfully is never right.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    Too many people PSU fans, students, and alumni don't seem to really get what the problem is. The fact that they don't is what contributed to and helped enable the problem to begin with. They can shout about their pride all they want right now, it just marks them as contributors to what happened.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
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      July 23, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
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