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)

    Joe Paternoo wnated to keep this a secret becuase of the negaticve affect it qould have had on the schools image. His won words.Had the done the rioght thing 1998, he woudl not have been able to recruit great players. They would have a much different record. Thus the reasoning for strippng the Wins. He, they allowed the horrific Child Abuse to continue in order to recruit good players.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Amy

    Waaah! Waaah! Waaah! Not one word in your entire comment about the victims and the tragedy inflicted on their lives.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hoss

    What does vacating the wins have to do with anything? JS wasn't even at PSU in '98. Another example of punishing PATERNO, not PSU.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. bo starr

    they took the easy way out , punish the team and let uppidies get away. why the team.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ben

    The voting pattern here shows how amoral the USA is (not "has become", it has always been this way). Pathetic. 4 years is not nearly enough, how about 40? Penn State should have the book thrown at them. Wait, wait..they will. The civil cases are on their way.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nmmell08

      For the NCAA this is throwing the Book at them. This program will not be relevant for another 10+ years with the lose of scholorships and other things

      July 23, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jen

    Yes it was, It was a continuing criminal organization.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andy NJ

    I want to hear an apology from the Paterno family. Joe-Pa might have been a good football coach, but he was so lacking as a man.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Not A Penn State fan

    This punishment makes NO sense -- in fact, the NCAA does not even have the authority to do this - It is bad policy and very bad precedent

    Now, let's go back and see if OJ Simpson ever did anything bad at USC so we can srup them of verything -- and for every off field bad act (not actually committed by a player), let's screw the team -

    I find this LUDICROUS

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

      Looks like they do have the authority to do it, and they did. You, clearly don't get it!!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ItIsSo

      Are you seriously trying to compare one-time isolated homicides with years and years of child abuse? If OJ was a serial killer and his university knew and didn't do anything, then maybe... just MAYBE you'd have something here. 😛 You do realize that your argument has not one ounce of logic, right? People who put sports before the rights of a child should be taken to a deserted football field and left there to rot.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jrock

      The NCAA indeed does have the right to do this...and his isnt about Sandusky..this is about Penn State's cover up of criminal acts. Death Penalty

      July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      UMMMM they did remember reggie bush duh!!!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |


      July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    NONE of us call a 17 yr. old student who seduces his older female teacher a "raype victim".
    Why are we so inconsistant? We call EVERY case of a 17 yr. old gay boy having s ex with an older gay man statutory raype.
    Many whom you call "victims" are in fact volunteers.

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

      Thank you , Philip! Anybody who's ever lived in the area knows that at least some of these "victims" were working rent boys. Good for them for trying to leave the life, but innocent victims they were not.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jburke02

    The NCAA turned a negative into an even more negative. Why punish the kids who had nothing to do with this. The fine's ok – but it should be clear what the monies are being used for. Why not allow the program to continue – with a high % of bowl and game proceeds going to programs to help abused children. They could have turned the whole thing around.

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

      But that's the whole point. The problem that caused the coverups was Penn State's "Win at ANY cost" football culture. By banning them from the post season, the goal would be to rebuild a football program based around something besides a bowl win, like integrity, honor, honesty, those things.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Shocked

    I bet Bowden is running around his house like a little girl right now.... Paterno is STILL the all-time wins leader. Screw you Bowden!

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


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  12. tom

    Hope the NCAA uses the $60 million dollar fine to upgrade education and hiring more teachers instead of putting back into athletics

    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • nmmell08

      Its being used to child abuse prevention and other related activities

      July 23, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. uniblob

    Move on. This punishment is perfectly appropriate.

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

      The only just punishment for Penn State would be a permanent banishment from the NCAA and college athletics. Anything less is an insult to the victims. Ban Penn State. Boycott Penn State.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Janine T

      Penn State is getting away with just a small slap on the wrist. This minor punishment seems to only encourage those like the mall shooting suspect. Penn State needs real punishment.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      I am totally outraged by this school as well however, cutting scholarships is just hurting the kids more. Punish the leaders not the kids.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • BobTbuilder

      You are not understanding this, the leaders are being punished. If you are a student, transfer asap. That will punish the leaders even more. Leave that school a ghost town. And a lesson to be learned for every college in USA. School is for an education, period. Not how many sports trophies in a display case or how many statues you erect of former players or coaches.

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

      Uniblob – your comment is truly the best I've seen and I think you said it perfectly – please, people, continue to pray for the victims of Sandusky the RAPIST...(molester is too mild a word for that animal) –

      July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • tempertempertemper

      I thought it was far too lenient.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      amen brother. Penn State and it's supporters need real punishment. Not just a slap one the wrist.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. drcub1908

    Phillip are you kidding? not even close to the truth

    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Navis

    the young men's lives depend on playing football??? their lives?? wow!! y'all do have a problem with reality, huh??

    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DN3

      Yeah, well some people believe that football glory trumps everything, including ethics, morally and humanity.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fast Fred

      I'm alive. I didn't play football.....

      July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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