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. Joey

    Penn State did receive what it should have. The Administration and coaching staff knew what was going on. I do not believe that Joe Paterno did not know what was going on. He was Penn State and involved in every and all decisions made for the Football Program and probably most of the University. How can he be so smart but not know Sandusky and the school were covering this up. Penn State should be ashamed and I hope it will never happen again. If Joe Paterno covered up this major incident how many "small" ones did he cover up as well.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Grenader

    A lesson to the Catholic Church.... you want it to end? here's the way.

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

      I absolutely agree! So, why isnt/doesnt the Catholic Church take a lesson from Penn State?????

      July 23, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. freshnewblog

    Thiss is absolutely right. Hold it as an example to other Universities to stsy respectful.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. xbox360wirelesscontroller

    To my fellow Penn State alumni: In our lives we are presented with challenges and one of your biggest is unfolding before you. As a graduate of the class of '84, I've been around the block a few times and would like to offer you one single piece of advice: Grow up, and grow up FAST! This is now your opportunity to walk your talk. There is no defense for what happened. None. Don't even try looking for one. The first (and perhaps only) thing that should be coming out of your mouths is how we CAN and WILL address the healing for victims of abuse in this scandal. This country is against you now: Deal with it. Realize that healing on all sides will probably take a long time; perhaps more time than exists in your collegiate years. While you will not reap the benefit of the positive actions you take today, you can certainly help to: 1) assist in the healing of the abuse victims, and; 2) assist in the healing of your alma mater. Note that I placed the healing of the victims in the first slot. They must remain your foremost priority, always. In the coming weeks, months (and yes, years), there will be ample opportunity to feel sorry for yourselves. After all, you were not complicit in this cover-up. You didn't know what Sandusky and Paterno were doing. We know that; we get it. However, you are guilty by association. Please try to think of this as an opportunity to begin the arduous process of making things right. There will be haters; there are many who want nothing more than your head on a stick. I know; it sucks. And it's easy to feel sorry for yourselves. When that feeling begins to churn in our stomach and you ask yourself: "Why me?," please try to imagine what Sandusky's victims were feeling while they were being sodomized by this sub-human evil excuse-for-a-human-being. You have your whole lives to look forward to. Sandusky's victims have to live with their cursed memories for the rest of their lives. I welcome the NCAA sanctions. If that will help move the healing process forward, I commend it. To all those who feel they are incapable of forgiveness towards anything associated with Penn State, I would only ask that you examine where your anger is best directed and try to do something positive with it. That's all I have to say.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. mhill1234

    I like how CNN doesn't even provide an option to answer their poll as the punishment was not severe enough.
    Only too severe, or just right.
    Show bias much, CNN?
    This isn't Obozo, you can actually pretend you are a news station.
    Oh well, your ratings s*ck because of your agenda.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Justice_4_Victims

    Jerry Sandusky sat on a wall.
    Penn State Football had a great fall.
    All of the liars and all of the men
    Couldn't put Jo Pa together again.

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

    All this Penn State vs the World junk. If you really believe that, then I guess it is because you declared war on victims of abuse. In fact, this is why PSU is being punished. The NCAA and public at large see the PSU community and students as enablers. We have not seen sufficient outrage from the students and community. Just defensive postures and efforts to protect the school from any kind of consequences.

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

    This ruling has just added thousands of more victims to this already horrific situation. Need I remind you all that if it were not for the actions of Jerry Sandusky, none of this would be happening. I understand the fines, the firings, even the statue removal – but to punishnnocent students, coaches, and other programs does not bring about a balance of justice.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary S.

    The NCAA got it right with these tough sanctions, whereas the Catholic church has gotten it very wrong. You might expect it should be the other way around.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. leave it alone

    this had nothing to do with what joepa and any of the current or ex-players did on the field. these sanction are BS, I am not a PSU fan, Go illini. my point is what happened shouldnt have lead to these sanctions all the wins etc.. NCAA and Big Ten has over reacted plain and simple. And I dont need to hear what if it happened to your child, The man wouldnt be in jail he would be dead.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ellen

    University education has nothing to do with football. Penn State should eliminate the program given it has been so irresponsible and over valued it grossly in the past. Unforgivable.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • justuandi

      I am with you Ellen.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. petrilloa

    This is rediculous....Those guilty should be punished. Why punish those trying to gain an education and reach their own personal goals. Should we punish the schools and students who attended with James Holmes? That would be unthinkable. This who thing is getting carried away. Let's start new....

    July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. justuandi

    Its sad to hear people say that Penn got a stiff fine or I lost all the championships I played in or Penn sates vs the world and all the other like comments. Where is the human dignity and morality. 46! people got molested and it was a hush hush coverup. Are you all kidding me with the complaints that the penalty is outrageous? Besides the statue they need to remove his name from the library and anything else that has his name associated to it. The mentality of some that football trumps the Molestation? Please check yourself!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jonathan

    They're being punished because the NCAA has not seen sufficient outrage from the students and community. They should be angry in general and angry toward Sandusky and others who aided the cover up. The nation at large has not seen this and this is why PSU is being hammered.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kiss

    I agree those responsable should be punished, However fining them 60 mill. will only hurt other students the college will raise tuition to make up for the cost.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • justuandi

      You are an idiot Kiss. Pull that one out of your @$$! Right!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      None of that 60 million was going to do anything for the general student body. That is atheltic money, plain and simple. Might it affect non-revenue teams? Yes. But tuition for all-not a chance.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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