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. Donna

    @ Hope... Being that they covered up what Sandusky was doing,m they are just as guilty because they could have prevented it happening to other boys. But if your son ever gets into a situation like this, don't scream and cry about who should have told.

    @ Parva... I bet the PSU campus is amazing for everyone except teenage boys.

    PSU = Pedophile State University! GO PERVS!

    July 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      It's unbelievable that YOU could be so judgemental. Were YOU a victim? Two bears went shopping at Sears in Pittsburgh. Does that mean that EVERYONE in Pittsburgh is a bear?



      July 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    The NCAA has taken an admirable position and is sending a clear messages to ALL college football programs: CLEAN UP YOUR ACTS! Penn State isn't the only school with questionable behaviors related to sports programs. The band hazings in Florida are another example. As a semi-retired, award-winning investigative journalist I'm sure any nationwide inquiry would find many more in a sport that has become driven more by profit-making and business opportunities than by sportsmanship. Of course, the holy grail of football is the hope that a player will get picked by the NFL where the athletes, in addition to their schools, have an opportunity to make huge amounts of money for the muscles they developed from the neck down during their college educations rather than from the muscles that atrophied during the same time in their craniums. Today, big college sports programs lost out to ethical and sportsmanship goals. For those with ethics and morals in sports, it's a banner day.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny J

      Mr. Emmert and the entire NCAA board should resign. Why in the hell they felt it necessary to bud into a criminal matter that is being addressed fully by proper authorities is beyond me. There is no precedent for this move and the magnitude of the response is way out of proportion. Not a single player is or was involved in this atrocity. Nobody is arguing the fact that there was cover up and inaction. Bad decisions were made by several university officials some of whom were involved in the football program. BUT THAT IS A CRIMINAL MATTER. LEAVE THE PLAYERS OUT OF THIS!!!!!!! They are suffering for something that had nothing to do with sports.
      The NCA (Athletics-remember!!!!)A is overstepping their bounds and for this bad decision on their part they should resign and rethink their mission.
      I am disgusted with the way they overlook certain things and then slam an entire reputable program over this with an uncharacteristic rapidity just because they feel they should do something. They are a disgusting lot. My heart goes out to the players.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scott

    I think some of you are forgetting that joePa isn't the one who molested the boys. That was Sandusky. Why is it that everyone is throwing joepa under the bus? As far back as 98 or 99 the attorney general, local police, feds, and others were aware of the allegations and they also did nothing. Why aren't these others being held accountable as well? Joepa is the only one to admit he should have done more.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Where are you getting your information. NOBODY except Sandusky, the boys, Paterno, and his higher ups knew about this until it broke in the news. These boys didn't even tell their parents. So where are you getting that attorney general, local police, feds, and others were aware of the allegations? Please post the site so I can see this for myself. Deceit, cover-ups, and lies is what got these people in trouble in the first place. Don't try to save Joe's rep. with lies. He dropped the ball and EVERYONE knows it.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      Um, no, Donna...when the allegations were made in 2002 against Sandusky, Corbett knew about it, and decided there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute...he knew, and did a little research. Google it, for cnn will delete any links posted.
      A whole bunch of people knew WELL before November of last year...

      July 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • panger

      Scott, anyone ignorant enough to make even a marginal attempt at excusing JoePa, is really no better than the man himself. You said that others were aware of what was going and did nothing. Well so did Paterno. So, effectively, what you're saying is, it wasn't right for the others to withhold information, but it was okay for JoePa? Remember this: every time you defend Paterno, you are inadvertently attributing to yourself the same error in rational, ethics, and judgement of the PSU culture. Please, in the future, do yourself a favor and don't every try to pass the buck or slide the blame from Paterno. He had an opportunity to do the right thing and he failed at the expense of children. All because he didn't want his precious football program to face bad publicity and harm its reputation. Think about it son.

      July 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jack

    I thought Penn St had one of the better engineering degrees in the land. Sports is not what makes a University

    July 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sagittariuslady

    Yes it was just one man molesting/raping his victims but the other employees are just as guilty for looking the other way and worrying more about their program and the reputation of a pedophile than the welfare of children. Too bad students will also pay the price, although not the life long price the victims have to pay.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bogeyman

    As long as the financial sanctions don't effect other sports relying on football revenue I am ok

    July 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sachmo

    its a shame. isnt it odd, so often when people look the other way when a crime is involved, they end paying ten-fold compared to if they just would have exposed it when it became known. human nature, i guess.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. don


    July 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dublj1

    I agree that the NCAA HAD to take against against Penn State. There seems to have been a knowledge going up the chain of command that those in charge had an idea of what was going on. However, the sanctions hurt the athletes in today's programs and those who had intended to go to Penn State over the next four years unfairly.
    What I would have liked to see them do is fine Penn State the sixty million for the victims, mandate that ALL coaches attend some type of classes using Sandusky's actions as part of the curriculum and fire any and everyone who had knowledge of what was going on and failed to take action. Then, replace the whole Penn State board of Trustees.
    By punishing the football program it makes me wonder, will the University of Colorado now fine and paralyze the Neuroscience Program because of what happened in Aurora?

    July 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dianainvb

    Joe Paterno's legacy will forever be tarnished. What if it were your son or brother? He should have done the right thing.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kerry

    My only question is punishing the program add a whole you are punishing current and future players that apparently and according to reports had no part in the scandal. Fine the school, fine administration and coaches but I guess I don't see why the players are suffering the consequences.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. NYC

    I really don't know why the PSU presidenet is sitting down for at this. The NCAA is illegally hurting his students and trying to pretend they suddly have power over everything at Penn State. The NCAA needs to back off this isn't there territory what they did was illegal and if the President wan't such a push over he would fight these in court. He couldn't lose you can't make up powers for people to have when it's nice. What the NCAA did is blame eveyone at PSU and hurt everyone, but failed to actuallly hurt the guilty. PSU needs to fight this. This goes way beyond paying for there crimes. People are now paying for just being alive, when did that become a crime. Any and all who think this is a good idea needs to get off the band wagon and calm down and think again.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. TB

    Anybody that thinks Penn State should even have a football team is stupid. Fourteen years of raping boys on campus by Sandusky abd Joepa knew it. Joepa knew more than what came out. I think Joepa killed himself he died so fast after this scandal broke it just seemed fishy.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. scott

    Pedophilia State University no cares about you or your post.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. djbabydoll

    A famous quote, don't know who said it, but it is so very true. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." You can do all the "wonderful" things you want to do, but if you do something this grevious, the good counts for nothing. Don't care how many football games were won or lost, many young lives and hearts were destroyed.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
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