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. lori

    Reality....The Catholic Church...perhaps there should be a regulatory committee to SHUT IT DOWN....

    July 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Acea

    Please tell me what the difference is between this cover up and the Cathlolic Church's cover up? The church should be fined and punishied just as well!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathleen

      Yes, but the catholic church doesn't have rival football team fans that jump on the opportunity to bring down an ENTIRE school for the inaction of a some.

      Because obviously the entire school, jocks, nerds, teachers, foreign exchange students, etc., should all suffer and feel ashamed for simply attending a college.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dixie Normous

    Wow..Penn State got reamed..

    July 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      Penn State just got Sanduskied.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. mrlucky11

    PSU = Penn Shame Univ. All you PSU kool-aid drinkers need a good dose of shutthehellup! Do you realize how your support of pedos and pedo-conspirators makes you look? Are you next gonna defend the actions of Hitler and the Nazis? The Aurora gunman? I guess you don\'t realize that the rest of the world views Sandusky / JoPa / PSU as worse offenders BY FAR than those.

    Take your lickings like a man, admit that abusing youngsters in the shower is wrong, disassociate yourselves with those that brought this punishment on you, learn a lesson, and go make something good come out of all this by helping victims of abuse. Otherwise your whining makes you look more pathetic than we already view PSU.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. JacknRochNY

    Im sorry JoePa, I tried to think of you as the highest moral, and football strategerist I've known. I remember my years at PSU and saying "Hi" to you just walking by and you said "Hey" back. "WOW JoePa talked to me!!!"

    Now I am unfortunately reluctant to put you on the pedestal I created for you. Yes, as a geeky "engineering" student, football games were my outlet and was one of the deciding fact...ors that I wanted to have a "well-rounded" college experience at PSU. I truly still believe that I got the best education, with the best social experience that ANY university in the country provides. Academics were my priority (and PSU remains one of the highest respected engineering schools in the world), but what "life" is considered complete without that "social" connection? PSU football provided an essential ingredient to the entire receipe. My family coming up for each football game was an event, it kept them in-tune with me at college. My friends at other schools saying "I can't wait to come up for the game!, I wish we had that sense of unity at our school"
    JoePa, whether you had "plausible deniability" or not on JS, I am sad. I have a 10 year old son, and if anything like what has been told at PSU with JS involved my son, I probably would be on trial for murder. I wouldn't wait for authorities (after I informed them..they tend to take too long), The punishment of those involved would be far worse than any NCAA "death penalty"

    The more I logically look at how PSU and the football program functioned (with friends on the team when I was there who really did tend to get "special priviledges"). I believe the upper administration and Paterno knew the seriousness of the situation and what would happen if word got out. Whatever "cover-up" happened after you knew, I can not surmise.

    I AM STILL PENN STATE! I willl still pack myself into Beaver Stadium to root my Nittany Lions to victory! I will still be proud to tell employers my mechanical engineering degree is from PSU! Although my chant is now "I say Bill O' say Brien!" FIGHT ON STATE!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ag

      My sentiments exactly, Jack. I went to PSU for a good education, which I got, but the football games added a lot of fun and memories.

      I was angry at first when JoePa was fired, because I still believed that he had done what he felt was sufficient at the time, and was just an imperfect human being who just put his head in the sand because he didn't know how else to handle it. After the recent report, I am saddened to realize that he was much more at fault than many of us first thought.

      The statue needed to come down. The administrators and coaches who had knowledge need to be fired and/or prosecuted. However, Penn State is still a great university. Students, staff, and athletes who had no involvement or knowledge should not be punished.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bobington

    I am still wondering when people will question why McQuery covered things up for so long after witnessing it? too worried about his own job to go to the police about it?

    July 23, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat

      Great point!!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ted

    If there are Penn State NFL players, they should be fired. bottom line

    July 23, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Acea

      coaches too. fire anyone in the nfl that is associated with penn state in anyway! might as well go all the way

      July 23, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. MyAssHurts

    I'm confused: first of all, is the NCAA some sort of law enforcement agency? And second, how do these fines help anything?

    July 23, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kathleen

    Why don't they punish the administration instead of the students? The students, freshman, non-athletics and all, are going to end up suffering from a raised tuition and marred school name. What happens to the administrators? They still get paid millions to sit on their behind and act like they are not involved. Why don't they fire the top guys and cut the salaries of all the board members, administrators, etc.? Why do the innocent students, many incoming, have to suffer?

    What happened to the victims was tragic. We should do our best to punish those who actually did wrong.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Leon

    Yeah, players...your record has changed because while you were winning football games your authorities were either molesting children or covering it up. I'm waiting for the furious tweets about that instead of whining about your won/lost record. And Jake Kiley- you're an idiot.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. janettejordan

    What a horrible, leading poll question. Where is No they didn't go far enough. This is yet another reason why CNN has lost its status.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobby bowden

    now thats what Im talkin about!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat

    Let's get this straight, SMU back in the day received the "death penalty" for paying it's players. Penn State was harboring a child molester and chose to cover this up. An act of extremly immoral decisions. If it was my decision the program at Penn State would and should have received the "death penalty" for as many years as they were able to prove this cover up went on. So starting in 1998 through 2012, Penn State could then begin it's program again in 2026. This decision shows that even when deciding a punishment we think more highly about money and football, than the fact that the actions of the Penn State coaching staff and board enabled a monster to terrorize the minds of young children that trusted him as a figure head. Penn State should feel lucky that's all they recieved.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. dinero

    take away all the wins from the criminal paterno! sue the family for all the millions he got from the university!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • janettejordan

      Taking the wins away is silly, pointless and revisionist. Joe Paterno is still the winningest coach, and he's still a worm and a coward who makes me want to vomit.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Liz

    Since Penn State has now been punished.. I would love to know what punished the NCAA will be handing to Syracuse University???

    July 23, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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