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. Neighborly

    Good gawd. STOP whining about those 'poor student athletes' already! So this means they have to hit the books instead of running around a field. In the long run, those books will serve them a lot more than the few years they'll play a game. Get real - when placed against the enormity of the crimes committed against those little boys, some athlete losing his 'dream season' is just small potatoes. It's thinking like that.... putting the athletes before all else - that got Penn St in this mess in the first place.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • FactsAreGood

      Exactly. Agree 100%

      July 23, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Penn State NEVER put athletics above all else. Current Sandusky situation included - there's not ONE SHRED of evidence that any PSU administrator considered any negative consequences to the school when deciding only to report Sandusky to the charity where the children came from.

      PSU football players ALWAYS went to class, or else they didn't play.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ASL

      Amen.....also believe any Penn State money for Sandusky widow should be given to the victims and adult education concerning abuse and appropriate reporting!!!!!!!

      July 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles

    Fine and loss of scholarships sounds appropriate, voiding wins...not so much. Wins are voided when a school cheats or otherwise acts to give themselves an unfair advantage. How does this scandal have anything to do with games played on the field since 1998?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Oz


      July 23, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • js

      Sandusky ejaculating into the ass of 10 year old boys probably help him relax and coach better during those Penn State glory years.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      They did cheat in a way Charles - they avoided reporting an incident out of fear of penalties that the football team would incur.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • PBPA

      The unfair advantage is found when JoePa did nothing to bring to light what Sandusky was doing. If he had, he would have suffered being ousted as coach thus shallowing recruits in wanting to play at Penn State.

      With JoePa not around, how many kids would have gone other places? Simply by covering the truth, the advantage was gained in a bogus program. It's no different than covering something up on your resume, getting the job and then being unable to perform said duties.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Because had PSU handled the Jerry S situation appropriately, there likely would have been some distraction for a bit that may have prevented top talent players coming to PSU and that could have affected the win column. PSU thought this distraction was a bigger problem than the numerous lives that would eventually be ruined as a consequence of their actions (or non-actions I should say).

      July 23, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • MT

      I agree 100%. Many who comment out here know nothing about football and the rules that govern the sport. The fines, loss of scholarships and loss do post-season play, sure...punishment to the school for it's lack of oversight but vacate the wins for 14 seasons...BULL!!! Per the NCAA rules, wins are vacated when players who are ineligible to play do so, for whatever reason the ineligibility arises. That could be payments or gifts from boosters, a player speaking with a pro agent, or not making the grades. See the Derrick Rose incident at Memohis or the Ohio State issue for prime examples. What Jerry Sandusky did had nothing to do with the players themselves. Sandusky was not an important factor in their wins. They we're still winning when he left!!! I will be looking for the boycott of the NCAA...may start it myself. None of what they are doing focuses on the REAL ISSUE...How to help combat child abuse and make it easier to report, investigate and arrest the abusers. Vacating the wins of the players who gave their best and played the game within the rules is a slap in the face to all collegiate athletes who play the game without cheating. They could possibly be held responsible if a trainer is selling cocaine out of the athletic office building. Is that their fault or did it give them an unfair advantage in the game...NO!!! This is typical in America these days...blame everyone else on earth and yet still fail to deal with the real issue at hand.

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

      To MT: I agree with everything you say. It offends me to see a shotgun approach for meting out punishment. So you have to let the university keep it's winning record - why would the NCAA worry with that when dealing with such a huge horrible situation as child abuse! Those athletes deserve to have their wins recorded in history. They did nothing wrong, so trying to punish the university should not punish the innocent!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • leave it alone


      joepa did tell his uppers about it chain of command they dropped the ball more than joepa did. yes he could have done more but you always follow chain of command.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      Leave it Alone – "joepa told his uppers" and that means he did the right thing? As a human being he had the responsibility to go outside of that chain of command and go directly to the authorities and report it when the college did nothing! your comment sickens me – to absolve JoePa because he was following chain of command!

      July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh

      It will also crush gambling on football. Some large betting money might be changing hands from college football vacated wins.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Next item on the chopping block: Mrs. Sandusky the enabler.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnjon

      I agree with you............. why should she get a pension for life. It might be small, but she has no business receiving money from PSU.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. mrcarlospena

    If you dont think a school who is based on our CHILDREN should be punished for letting our CHILDREN be abused you need to check your values.
    University is for your CHILDREN.
    We put our CHILDREN in football to teach certain values to our CHILDREN.
    Penn State Football would not be what it is today without those hard working CHILDREN.
    They are now going to pay for allowing the abuse on those CHILDREN.
    P.S. All the trustees should also be replaced. No one should be left from the top that was there during those years.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. nickelcitykid

    Where in the NCAA charter does it give them the right to punish this school with this fine and the other items. The NCAA is basically killing the athletic programs at Penn State not just the football program. PSU fired Paterno & the University President and is waiting on the criminal courts actions on Curley and Schultz, who are on administrative leave. But to punish the current players and others in the athletic programs is wrong because they had nothing to do with it. the NCAA has only slap the hands of Ohio State, U of M, USC & others for allowing students in athletics to take money and gifts which is against the NCAA charter. This now needs to go to the courts to decide what type of punishment should be handed down.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |

    It is a Fair deal. Could have been worse. Ther was no way to avoid the collateral affect on Alumni and Students. This had to be done.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • D. L. Douglas

      Justice, Thiss the NCAA kangaroo court. What did the players who pllayed and will play have to do with this. Fine the Penn State, But the rest is wrong. Strip Joe of his wins. You can accuse him if you want. It is easy to accuse a dead man.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    Personally I thought the punishments were just! YES, there are those that didn' do anything that are going to be hurt.
    Mainly those business's that WILL loose $$$. I would have been pleased to hear the NCAA say for those players who want to move to another school that PSU would foot their entire bill! ALSO, as to JEFFERSON's comment: This is an interesting, yet valid question. IF you think about it, the players, might have been the very first to know about this! Or at least "rumor control". SO again, a very good question and I do not really remember anyone mentioning it before.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Mrs. Sandusky knew of her husbands many bise xual encounters for decades and never said a word. She even had an affair with a man whom was involved w/Jerry Sandusky when the man was underaged!
    Throw them damned enablers in prison too. Sending them to Codependants Anonymous as their abusive husbands attend AA doesn't work, for example.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jenny Sills

    They kept the man who committed the crimes on staff and coaching. They kept the enablers on staff. If Sandusky had been dealt with appropriately years ago, they might not have won all those games and of course countless kids would never have been abused.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jenny Sills

    All you concerned about those ball players. THERE ARE OTHER SCHOOLS. I am sure many schools are jumping for joy that they may now have a shot at getting some of there athletes.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    The $60 Million will come out of the tuition paid by present and future students. Is that right? The vacation of the wins will affect, not only the guilty, but, all the players over the last 24 years, is that right?

    Paterno cannot speak in his own defense. The board members who were aware and also did nothing have so far not been punished.

    This over the long run can close the college. Would you as a parent trying to pay for your child's college pay the higher tuition that will be charged to pay these fines, or would you select another college?

    Punishment is due for what has been done, no question about that. They just chose to punish the wrong people.

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

      tuition is not that large a portion of the overall budget at Penn State. They have a large endowment (1.5 billion) that comes mainly from donations. Many of those donations are from football enthusiasts I bet. So you can't really say it will come directly from students. That being said, if Penn State wants to keep a high endowment and reputation, in the face of reduced income from football and possibly reduced donations, tuition for future students could go up. Many students will choose another college. And with few football powerhouses in that area (other than out-of-state state schools) students may have to choose a school based mainly on academics. oh the horror!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Louie

    Hey, Royster. Get used to losing as long as you play for the Redskins.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Neighborly

    Good gawd. STOP whining about those 'poor student athletes' already! Get real – when placed against the enormity of the crimes committed against those little boys, some athlete losing his 'dream season' is just small potatoes. It's thinking like that.... putting the athletes before all else – that got Penn St in this mess in the first place.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. DocCutty

    I agree. It's all about you.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Karen Cooper

    Vacating the wins, what is the purpose of that? You are hurting the innocent football players that won those games. Ridiculous. I think a better option would be to clean house. All new football staff that will be closely observed. All of the administrative personnel, academic and football coaching staff employed during the time period in question,should be questioned and tested. If they fail they are fired. Don't further add salt to the injuries of young men who want to play football.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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