Penn State to give back trophies because of NCAA sanctions
Penn State's trophy for their win in the 2006 Orange Bowl game is one of several they will return because of NCAA sanctions.
August 29th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

Penn State to give back trophies because of NCAA sanctions

Penn State will have to return all of the football trophies they won during a 14-year span as a result of sanctions handed down by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for school's role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, a school official said on Wednesday.

The move is another blow to the State College community, which has been plagued by the scandal for nine months.

Earlier this summer the NCAA fined Penn State $60 million, banned the football program from bowl games for four years, stripped scholarships and vacated the team's wins from 1998 to 2011 following the Freeh Report, which issued a scathing statement about how much the university knew and when.

"Per the NCAA consent decree, all football team trophies won from 1998-2011 are to be returned to the awarding authority and we plan to do so," said Jeff Nelson, assistant athletic director of communications for football at Penn State.

Some of the trophies that the school will have to return include their bowl game wins. Penn State won the Outback Bowl in 1999 and 2007, the Alamo Bowl in 1999 and 2007, the Orange Bowl in 2006 and the Capital One Bowl in 2010.

While those residing in Happy Valley are still trying to resurrect their image in the wake of the scandal and show they still back their team, they do have one thing to smile about this week as they head into their first football game without famed coach Joe Paterno in more than four decades.

Their spirit has won them $10,000 for the school's general scholarship fund after they beat out more than 200 other schools in a voting campaign hosted on, according to a press release sent out by the school.

Penn State led the competition from start to end, the release said.

“We are elated to see this incredible expression of Penn State pride, spirit and support demonstrated by our students, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends and fans in winning the Pledge Your Allegiance contest,” Roger Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, said in a statement. “This national victory is what Nittany Nation is all about. We know Penn Staters everywhere will join us in celebrating by wearing their blue and white with great pride.”

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  1. JC Shillinglaw

    I do not understand why they are doing this to the players they had nothing to do with it and making them pay for things they were not reposiable for....I feel it hurts the kids and doing damage to them and not the college stop making them pay for ohters mistake and why take the tophies they did earn them but authorities have the upperhand and can do anything they want to no matter who it hurts and do damage to...this is why I don't get involve with games there is too many rules and not enough gameanship.....the old saing is do as I say not as i do .....

    August 30, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • DAVE

      worst of all they didn't even play for sandusky this was after he was a coach.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. larry5

    I hope this kind of grandstand play is over and they can get after the real issues.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. rjacob1

    When a school overlooks the raping of children to win a game, their priorities are WAY out of whack. It's JUST A GAME! Yet these children are going to be affected the rest of their lives. For what? Some pieces of plastic to put on a shelf? Get a clue!

    August 30, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. stop the insanity

    I am no Penn State fan and in fact thought the NCAA penalties were not harsh enough. I would have liked to see a 10 year football ban. But sending the trophies back is a little silly. Penn State should have been told to simply not display them.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      So, you are not a Penn State fan....what team are you are fan of, if any?

      August 30, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Akahn

    I agree with them giving fines to PSU, but the players were not involved in any of the situation at all. The whole scandal didn't revolve around PSU cheating to win or doping players to win, it was all around one man and a few that may have known about it and incidents not related to players or the actual team. If anything, they should have been allowed to keep their wins and trophy and just put them on sanctions for a few years or so. There is no need to recall wins and achievements that had nothing to do with the scandal itself...

    August 30, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Russ

    NCAA care for the victims? The NCAA cares about 1 thing. Two actually. Money and themselves.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Really...

    The NCAA is getting out of control with their rulling against Penn State... They are punishing the entire school over something one person did... This is like if NATO punished the United States as a whole for the Marines that urinated on the dead bodies in Afghanistan. Fining the school of Penn State 60 million dollars is a little much anyway. I can see them not allowing Penn State to play for a couple years but fining them 60 million and then making them turn in the trophies for all the years is just out of control. I can see that the NCAA is angry about what happened but that all the punishment is basically going to kill Penn State as a whole.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. tpbco

    No, DISGUSTED by all things PED STATE.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. jnpa

    I totally agree. The NCAA holds ALL the cards and will not even listen to any appeal requests. Also, the Freeh report was such a total waste of an investigation. It was totally unfair to all those involved in that they did not allow anyone to question their findings or appeal the report. How undemocratic is that!

    August 30, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nebraskan

    I couldn't agree with you more. It's like vultures picking the dry bones of a dead body. The wrong people are being punished.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    It serves to help to prevent FUTURE victims.

    It sends a very STRONG message that such activities will NOT BE TOLERATED. Just in case there are any other coaches out there, who might think that looking the other way to protect their football empire, is the right choice.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Blue and White PROUD

    Pennsylvania Sage, I hope you die. Soon. Ha ha!!

    August 30, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dean Langwiser

    You vulgar disrespectful piece of garbage. Joe Paterno put Penn State on the map and helped them to become one of the finest schools in the country.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. NCAA is a joke

    Always good to punish everyone so you make sure you get the real offender. If you think this will somehow change coaches and administrators minds about how they run a program, you're wrong. The NCAA reinforces the "win at any cost" mindset thanks to their BCS gem. Millions go into school coffers and coaches pockets....that's a motivator.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dean Langwiser

    Jenny you are so wrong. It was not the football teams, players or students that committed any wrong doings. Why penalize them? it was the administration that failed so badly they deserve to be punished, extremely. To take down a school that contributes so much to society would be like cutting off your arm because you have breast cancer.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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