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. John Reason

    If I was a citizen of Pennsylvania I would want the entire board and all athletic department personell fired, every single one. Anything less than that is unacceptable. I would also not pay a cent to the NCAA... but that is a whole different child abuse story. Lets add more games where our childeren can get injured for life so we have jobs and money.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimdog33

    So future students will be punished for what happened in the past? Nice logic.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mhill1234

      The action is against the college.
      If students go there to watch or participate in sports, they are there for the WRONG REASON.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyForyYou

      What?? football or education? spoil kids are taken care of you mean football kids will what

      July 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mhill1234

    Common Sense–You represent what is wrong here.
    If this had been a private business, they would face criminal charges and the business would be destroyed.
    Why give preferential treatment to this totally corrupt college?
    Too bad Paterno didn't have the guts to say something.
    Yeah, like the head coach didn't have any idea, sure.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tisha

    To Penn State alumni and students: you may defend your school all you wish. To the rest of the world you are all disgusting. No amount of arguing will change how the rest of the world views you. You make us sick.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AU Alumn

      Penn State has always been a bastion of pervs. It is well known in the collegiate community most deviants attend Penn State.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    PSU Should have received the death penalty. Considering that PSU has received over $200M in donations since the scandal broke, the $60M charge is peanuts. And vacate their wins? Does anyone really care? I honestly believe that due to the monies that power-houses like PSU bring in to the NCAA (cash cows), and the political clout that such unversities have in the NCAA landscape, that we will NEVER again see the death penalty for a large program because of the monies that would be lost. It's a shame – the NCAA had a chance to do the right thing and didn't do it. They didn't fail the test, but they certainly didn't ace it either...

    July 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyForyYou


      July 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HappyForyYou

    poor spoil kids only worried about different from the thug on the streets. It's all about their little world, football, greed, and power. All for what? JoePa made a bad choice, as a leader, take the moral and stand up against evil. Again, all for the sake of money/football, and power. it is not worth it, sadly this is happening with most colleges across america..meaning money, power, and sports. SMU one example caught! Human lives are mort important than sports, money, and power. JoeP was a coward who could not stand up for the children, and did not lift one finger to help these kids. What a sick minded person who let money, greed, and power control him. For those of you who can't think past your nose, you are sick. Penn St...Again, Penn St is not the only place, many other universities are caught up in some scandal and many of us are paying money. We are just as guilty too. Putting money in these evil rich punks pockets.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Penn Stater's daughter

    This is the right punishment for the situation. For far, far too long, the culture at Penn State has put too much emphasis on football and not enough on academics. The fact that students are still defending Paterno, still calling the Freeh Report a conspiracy, etc. shows that the sickness is terminal. The only way to remove the stubborn culture created by Paterno is to wreck it, tear it down and start over. No one is saying you can't be proud of Penn State, but you should be humbled by the events that took place there. If punishment is the only way to impart that feeling, if chagrin and embarrassment has to be imposed, so be it. The lack of humanity in Sandusky and Paterno and the board is shocking, but the lack of it in the student body, placing football before all else, is downright sad and inhumane.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DavidM

    I cannot believe what they did to Joe Pa in taking away his wins. He was not the cause of the problem and he did take action. Perhaps he could have and should have done more, but this personal attack on one of the greatest coaches ever is absurd. It ignores all the good things he did and punishes him for not having done more. And the punishment regarding bowl and championship games just punishes current and future players who had nothing to do with the sad situation. This is not a good day for the NCAA and the Big Ten.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. don

    All PSU sports alunmi should be stripped of any awards and removed from the NFL and taken from the hall of fame if they played during those years. Also EVERY coach and university president from all schools should be given a lie dector test to see if they are hiding anything. Lets also check into the Boy scouts, and LL baseball while we are at it.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyForYou

      yes, agree

      July 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carnage_Carebear

    I see alot of people on here calling for the heads of everyone who ever attended Penn State. I never attended college there. I was never part of the tradition of Penn State football. I can tell you this though I have family members that have attended PSU I have friends that are alumni. I've worked for people that have supported that school for as long as I've known them. To say that supporting a state university is an idiot or a moron just because of a crime that has nothing to do with them. That is ignorance. I see some on here making comments about religion and morality. Some cite logic. Someone even brought up the war in Iraq. None of these things are relevant when deciding if this was a fair punishment. Penn State is more than a football program, its student attending class and gaining an education something that more than a few of you making comments seem to lack. It's about a community that if the university shuts down completely would suffer economically. What Sandusky did is inexcusable and he'll be punished for it. Covering up for him already cost the university greatly. Sure fine the football program. For all of you saying about the history of the athletes from those years being affected, judging by the Twitter comments it doesn't seem to have made much of an impact with their history just the programs. Tuition rates may rise which will make it so guys like me that maybe weren't stand outs academically or atheletically will have to go in debt for the majority of our adult lives just to pay our student loans but hey we helped cover it up right. Just so I make a few things clear I'm getting out of the military honorably after years of service I was planning to attend PSU in the fall I don't support their athletic programs I just think they are a good school and they have a program that I am very interested and would have to go out of state if they lose accreditdation. Stop turning it into a witch hunt and learn the difference between justice and vengeance. One last thing if you're not a Veteran of this most recent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan please don't use it as validation of anything it's just disrespectful to those of us that are.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyForYou

      i think you are missing the point. Not about's about the mind set.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    So does this mean that Penn St. now holds the record for most consecutive loses in NCAA history? Just wondering!!

    July 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zoom

    I am not sure I agree with these punishments. Now, don't get me wrong here...the administration that created this whole fiasco are gone...everyone of how does punishing the current student body and faculty make things better?

    July 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Perhaps too harsh. I have been disappointed with College Sports for some time now. Who can tell the difference between College and the Pro's. It is time to get back to more Traditional College Sports. Football needs to be 8 Games a season. There are way too many Bowl Games. It is like they all start over in Feburary rather that the 3Rd week in Sepetember as it used to be. It is rediculuas to recruit all over the country. Get back to College Sports and concentrate on Education.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HappyForYou

    it's a Sin problem...Get right Christ PSU

    July 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyForYou

      Get right with Christ.....don't let PSU religion control you...

      July 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rocko

    For those of you who are telling Penn State to focus on academics instead of football, let's take a bigger look at statistics below. Just because we supported football, does not mean with also didn't focus on academics. Choose your words wisely as I'm not quite sure all of you are reading all the information needed to make these accusations.

    Keep in mind, if you read through the majority of the comments, the large percentage of the comments are not suppporting Sandusky, Paterno, or senior leaders WHO DID IN FACT make extremely bad decisions for those involved. We are upset about the innocet players and alumni now taking the blame, not the people responsible.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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