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. Hope

    Once again, it's all about money...

    A man commits multiple crimes against children
    and while we try to teach the others, they are
    punished for the crimes?

    The BIG TEN got it wrong. In my opinion, they
    have made this all about football!

    Bless the Children,

    July 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alice

    There are thousands of colleges and universities in the US. Penn State students have many many schools to choose from. Any student that chooses to attend Penn State after this has happened is just a perv.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pravda

      HOW DARE YOU, unintelligent quick judging witch. A cynical fool like you couldnt even get into Penn State. Go back to watching The Talk in your sad, wasted life. If I were you, I'd be embarassed to go out in public with opinions like that... You should be ashamed...

      July 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Tom

      I agree with you 100 percent Alice. Any parent that chooses to send their child to Penn State must have a warped sense of humor. I feel sorry for anyone that graduates from this embarissment calling itself a university.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise J

      My thoughts exactly, good Alice. If you choose to go to Penn State when you can go to ANY other school, there must be something wrong with you. Maybe you have no morals. Maybe you just can't get accepted to any other school. Remember Penn State student, the rest of the world feels sorry for you.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alpha

      Good post Alice. Don't let the pervs at Penn State get you down.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sivick

    We come not to celebrate the house that Paterno built but to burn it to the ground and salt the earth where it stood as a warning to any who would ever perpetuate a tragedy like this again.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kathy

    IMHO, there is no excuse worthy of support for what occurred at PSU. However, the sanctions levied seem to adversely affect future and current students and grads, especially those in their sports programs. I am curious to see if sanctions trickle down to other sports there. The students in all the sport programs play their hearts out, win or lose. Let's hope that this fiasco of sanctions from the NCAA does not have a ripple affect. Also, since basically JoePa didn't exist from 1998 on, then perhaps his estate should be reimbursed for all the millions of dollars they personally donated to the school, including the library. After taking JoePa's statue down, PSU could at least show some kind of respect to the students who respected this man so much and put the statue at the library he and his family so graciously funded. I know, respect was sorely lacking but I think everyone involved should have been the target of the law and NCAA and not make it seem like they went after the students. They deserve respect more than anyone else. Those young men and women are what make PSU's academic and athletic programs and they have done nothing wrong so why punish them?

    July 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The culture of football idolatry and arrogance of the students and fans had to be slapped down. Decent players can go elsewhere immediately and athletes with scholarships who realistically had no chance of a pro career can stay and get a free useful education.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      My feelings, exactly...

      July 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Demarcus

    What kind of maladjusted warped person would even consider attending Penn State? If you are a student there, and don't transfer to some other university, then you are sick sick sick.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    These are the wages of the idolatry and arrogance of PSU and its fans.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      I thought Penn St. Had more programs going for itself than football. Other than football they have some of the best engineering, science programs this is what mames a great university not sports.

      July 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Dalloway

    Just to let people know, LIFE isn't fair. This is a great teachable moment for all.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe me

    Its so funny everybody bashes jo pa but they didnt bash him when he donated 15 million dollars to build the library. You no wat maybe they otta tear the library down thats a good idea. Make the NCAA rebuild it. And lets not forget that joe only had hear say wat happened now mqueary on the other hand stood and watched it happen now thats sick and he gets off everything. Wats up with that? Also dont forget it was society that painted paterno as a god he didnt do it himself. They all have a boss to answer to maybe paterno told his boss and they didnt do anything. I guess the bottom line is joe didnt even get to defend hisself so nobody really knows what he did or didnt do so maybe this sick world otta let the man rest in piece and let him alone its easy to bash somebody thats dead. GROW UP PEOPLE

    July 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    I wanna know about the bears who went shopping in Pittsburgh, PA!


    The BIG TWO!

    July 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pravda

    If anyone on this comment channel speaks ill of Penn State without having visited there, then you are showing that you are in fact a quick judging fool. PSU is a great place, and as long as EVERYONE on this channel has never been to ANY organization that has been in trouble for ANY reason, then they can continue to talk... Not so perfect anymore... Are you?

    July 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      I have never been there, but agree with you and Kathy 100%. Punish the person who committed the crime... it, certainly, wasn't the coaches who won all those championships. Sandusty wasn't taking those hits, catching those balls or taking the hike. Sandusty was the parasite who used Penn's reputation for his own gain.

      Long live Penn State!

      July 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Its funny how all the disgusting "people " like Pravda come out in support of each other when one of their fellow sick-os is caught.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pravda

    You're judging a whole college based off a few people.... I can't believe the country I live in anymore... Remember that one day, the angry mob will come knocking at your door, and there will be no one left to give you sympathy in your time of need.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Truit

    I hope all the pervs that attend Penn State are happy they only got a slap on the wrist. They rest of the academic world is sickened by your school.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Sandusty is not Penn State. Obviously, it was people like you that helped to empower him.

      'Fear of Shame' mean anything to you?

      ... And, thanks to the BIG TEN, the chances of a victim coming forward in the future is ZILCH! Thank you, so much, for making this all possible...


      Not a good lesson, afterall!


      July 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lunch

    I don't understand why all these dumb Penn State students are so upset. THIS DUDE PUT HIS GENITALS INSIDE OF CHILDREN AND SEVERAL PEOPLE TRIED TO HIDE IT. They should be happy to still have a sports program at the school.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Donna

    They should have gotten the death penalty. SMU got it for infractions not even near as bad as this scandal. Seems NCAA is more interested in money than what's morally correct.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blakstok

    Do you realize both Lehigh University and Villanova are in Pennsylvania ? With this in mind, why would ANYONE attend Penn State?

    July 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Maybe because the Penn State kids are third rate students that couldn't get accepted to a real university.

      July 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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