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 ESPN.com, 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.”

soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. jnpa

    WOW, you are nasty! I am surprised you have any friends!

    August 30, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Timothy Tebow

    I hope various factions at PSU will keep challenging the sanctions to where the NCAA rethinks its position, tears up the concent decree, offers PSU the opportunity to go through the full sanctions process, and most importantly, puts the Death Penalty back on the table. Clearly the kool aid drinkers of happy valley have not gotten the point.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Agreed. 100 percent.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lee Van Cleef

    This move accomplishes about as much as a UN sanction.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donte

    Football programs at big state universities and some of the Division 1 private schools are out of control. The NCAA is making a very big statement. Will it curb the freedom from impunity that most football coaches enjoy at these big name schools? Probably not, but it will likely make some schools look more carefully at their football, and men's basketball programs, programs to make sure there are no serious undercover violations. Contrary to what some of the posters think, the NCAA is not punishing all of Penn State. In fact, the NCAA is not even punishing the entire athletic department. The NCAA is punishing the football program. The trophies are hardware that glorify the teams that happened to win during a time when one of the football coaches was guilty of heinous crimes that violated NCAA rules. While the coach's behavior did not affect the outcome of the games, the outcome of the games affected the school's willingness to overlook the coach's behavior. It is reasonable to assume that if the Penn State football team had been a perennial loser, rather than winner, everyone from Paterno to the university and Board, would have taken the situation much more seriously. Therefore, the trophies should in fact be returned.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Tebow

      TL;DR

      August 30, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Peggy

    I too am so happy they took the trophies from the school of lower learning. Don't most of the students there study to become Environmental Engineers (janitors)? They are are just losers that couldn't get into Villanova.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    Actually, Jimmy, I said I was an alum, not a student. You may wish to brush up on your reading comprehension skills. Also, I would appreciate it if you could expound on what an "alumnist" is...I'm not familar with this term. However, I think it's safe to conclude that you're not an "alumnist" of anything.

    I think it's time to come clean, Jimmy, you're one of those guys that wears a University t-shirt you got from Wal-Mart and roots for their football team despite never setting foot on the campus, aren't you? Here's a little inside knowledge...the real "alumnists" are laughing at you.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charles Schwabe

    Oh for gosh sakes I think this is nuts. What does a players performance on the field have to do with Sandusky. This particular part of the punishment is crazy. You can just say "you never won these games" THEY DID...and DID IT ON THE FIELD and many of these players have no connection to Sandusky at all. You can't just make believe they did not win games. It's a fantasy penalty.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Adam

    We should all start firing Penn State grads too!

    August 30, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitt Romney

      Done and Done.

      Fired thousands of them. Chinese do it better, cheaper and with less child molestation.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Timothy Tebow

    Clearly Paterno kept his mouth shut b/c Sandusky had all the dirt on the recruiting violations, academic violations, etc. And if Joe also liked watching, well that's his business I guess.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Timothy Tebow

    The trophies should be returned en masse and used in a torch/bonfire by the NCAA to start the college football season.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Borealbob

    OK- I am a flaming liberal BUT what does returning trophies won by a bunch of hard working football players have to do with Sandusky butt reaming a bunch of kids?

    August 30, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. jkdahl89

    I feel like this punishes the student athletes more than anyone else. They earned those wins.... regardless who their pervert coach was...

    August 30, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    atljack – Better read the report again, Dude. It doesn't prove Jack about what Paterno did, or did not, say in regard to Sandusky. Paterno did not even like Sandusky. Why on God's Green Earth would he protect him? Oh, well. It's your opinion. Forget the FACTS.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Tebow

      I feel bad that you're so deluded. I will pray for you.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Thanks for the prayers, Timmy. I can use them to cope with all the JO's like you out there.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jethro

    Paterno got his moral training at Brown University - Alumini from THAT school are the ones who need to be watched.

    August 30, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jordan

    I feel like this punishes the student athletes more than anyone else. They earned those wins.... regardless who their pervert coach was....

    August 30, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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