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. Jeff

    Of course people who had nothing to do with this are goign to take the fall. Is it unfair? Probably, but the whole point is that PSU should of thought about their students and their staff and their fans if they actually cared about them and they actually cared about stopping a crime. If this puts fear into other schoosl and makes people step forward in other situations, how can anyone actually complain about this? I say well done NCAA.

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

      I'm glad for the punishment and actions too. I still feel bad for 18 years old at the University who are not even supporters of the football team being bashed here though. They were not part of the problem or culture.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chanel

    The NCAA is a racket. This is overkill and if they feel so bad about it, then give the money to the victims. Punishing the current students and administration for something they had no control over, stupid. The shame is bad enough for the school.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    DEATH PENALTY. There is no other way. Secrecy MUST be punished. $60M is a JOKE compared to the pain and suffering of Sandusky's victims. Penn State should shutter itself completely, not just the football team.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • PSU2009

      You want to close the doors on an entire university because a few leaders committed crimes?

      That's not justice, wake up.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Han Mossisely

      Too bad that 60 million will not go to the victims. Seems like alot of feather ruffling for the NCAA to show that it is on the good side. If the NCAA really wanted to do good take that 60 mil and give it to programs that help victims.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jen

    I am sure some of the players heard the rumors... it would only have taken one of them to catch Sandusky in the act and pound him really good to get it to stop.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. K Dub

    What gives the NCAA the authority to "vacate" wins in this manner?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Vijay

    I do agree justice should be served to the victims. What Sandusky did is unforgivable. But, why should football cause so much trouble to the entire school? Why are others paying for what Sandusky did ? I don't believe in Hell or Heaven, but I do hope Joe Paterno gets to Hell and repents every moment of it. I dunno, I never liked that guy. He seemed to want glory. 85 or 87 and still Penn State coach? That should have triggered a thought.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Should have put 5 year ban on Penn State whole sports program!!!
    I feel for the players/ students because they were not fault in this, but this has to happen and setting a strong example of the seriousness of this issue is critical to any integrity that NCAA will have.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • nmmell08

      So punish the Track Team for not doing anything wrong at all, or the basketball team, or the soccer team, and so on? Can't do that

      July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. jenn

    if u ask me it wasnt harsh enough. this was disgusting and everyone just sat back and watched

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Madelynn


      July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • PSU Supporter

      Jenn – who, exactly, is everyone? Are you saying that the entire university was involved with the cover up? If so, that's an incredibly silly comment. There is absolutely no proof that anyone outside of the leaders involved had anything to do with the vile, deplorable acts.

      To everyone saying the entire university should be shuttered – really? Is your stance that the innocent should be punished as much as the guilty? Think before you post – PSU has excellent academic programs and all sorts of activities outside of the football program. Why should everyone be punished for the acts of a few, who had the power to hide what they were doing.

      To the NCAA – I think this went too far. The fine and the bowl games – those are totally reasonable punishments (should have been higher fine and more years in my opinion), but to penalize the football players who made those wins between 1998 – 2011 happen is outrageous. What did the players have to do with the abuse?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Todd in DC

    So what you are saying, Philip, is that 12 year old boys and girls love fcuking 80 year old men?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. PSU2009

    It sounds like those who are being punished are the current students of Penn State; not the vermin that permitted these crimes. Current players lose possibile recruiting options with the loss of bowl games and less students get scholarships to go to a great university.

    How were they responsible for the inaction of university leaders years earlier?

    Likely, these fines will just be passed down to students and visiting alumni to compensate for lost revenue.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. jrock

    Yes, the school should have receivved the "Death Penalty". This is much more serious than athletes taking ENTIRE UNIVERSITY covered up child abuse and molestation crimes. Penn State should be finished. They should not be able to collect one dime of revenue from their athletic programs.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jenny Sills

    DO csend your kid to a local tech college where in two years they will graduate with a degree and be able to do something!

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

    It's a shame to punish the boys who played from 1998-2011 by vacating their victories. Good job.

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


      July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. cliff

    I was hoping they would shut the program down for at least four years. Allow those "football students" to transfer if they wish but if not, honor their scholarships for academic purposes. I think they got off too easy.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Penn State Fan

    They should have shut the football program down permanently but waited to do so for four years so anyone currently on the team could finish out their college football career. Penn should continue to focus on its high academic profile. The $60 million fine should not come from anything but the football program.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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