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.”

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  1. Charlene

    I agree with David in Florida on one thing: Mike Mcqueary should be prosecuted for not calling the authorities! It's beyond my comprehension how anyone in their right mind could have seen what he supposedly saw and make a noise to get their attention and then walk away! He is more guilty than Paterno in my opinion! I would have walked right over there and punched Sandusky! So what if I would have been charged with assault! It would have saved a lot of other kids from being "touched" by that sicko Sandusky!

    August 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • billmosby

      Yes, but would you have called the police? I hope so, and before you started throwing punches. You never know how that would end...

      August 30, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      The media handled the Sandusky crimes the same way they treat politics. BLAME ALL CONSERVATIVES FOR ONE MAN"S CRIMES. Penn State had the long standing reputation for being the only conservative program in HISTORY. No wonder the media is trying to tear them down. They are the ONLY school other than STANFORD who never had one single violation in HISTORY. They are the only thing that is still descent and GOOD about college football. They hardly ever won championships but they played the game with HONOR and PRIDE. That felt better than any WIN on the field. It's a riot watching people try to destroy them however. You will never destroy the good moral character of all players on that team, all graduates of that TOP RANKED school, or change the fact that their coach was the greatest coach of all time. He put the development of MEN and their EDUCATION AND FUTURE ahead of WINNING ON THE FIELD. Win at all costs? Doesn't apply to PSU. That applies to everyone BUT PSU. However, all other programs in this country are LIBERAL and therefore, DEMOCRAT. We already KNOW they are corrupt so there's no MONEY to be made off of them by destroying their reputation. Everyone in the media loves to destroy all that is good in this world, in order to justify all that is BAD. It's easy to follow the BAD leader than to be ridiculed when you follow the GOOD ONE. No offense to the little people in this world but I'd rather be a PENN STATE follower! I have more respect for them NOW than i EVER had in my entire life. In fact, i've seen more support for them than I have in YEARS. We have the pathetic media to blame for that. lol. You aren't going to tear them down folks, you are going to keep building them back UP. RIGHT WHERE THEY BELONG. AT THE TOP. I believe they gained MORE fans as a result of the media trying to destroy them. The current football players have more character and pride than any other man in this WORLD. They should be proud of themselves and that will take them further than any NFL career or almighty dollar. PSU graduated more players, including AFRICAN AMERICAN PLAYERS, than any other program in the LAND for YEARS!!!! They didn't have to ask their professors to give them false grades or have the school like NC create fake classes to do it EITHER. Their players didn't CHEAT their way so that the school could WIN games. The school would NOT accept people based on their ability to play football well, but on their academic achievements in HIGH SCHOOL. Fortunately, great MEN are created by doing so. They have one of the greatest reputations with respect to it's program and players. THEY ARE and always will be, the greatest program in the country and got there because they DID IT THE RIGHT WAY. Nobody can honestly say that they allowed sandusky to commit those crimes. They mishandled ONE situation. That doesn't make them guilty of allowing his to do it for 12 years. If you are dumb enough to believe that, than perhaps you need to go back to preschool. Then again, perhaps you never got THAT far. I've never in my entire life, seen someone like Jerry Sandusky commit the most of disgusting acts, and seemingly get away with dropping off the face of the UNIVERSE. NOBODY HAS TALKED ABOUT HIM AGAIN! he committed the crimes in his own HOME while all his family was present. He used PSU facilities to commit some of the crimes but NOBODY WAS THERE. WHY isn't the media talking about his family or Sandusky's past every five minutes. I suppose Jerry Sandusky and his entire family, deserve peace. After all, haven't they been through enough punishment. We in the public media can't POSSIBLY blame Sandusky or his family for any of his wrong doing for so many years. Somehow, it MUST be someone else's fault. OOOHHHH I KNOW,,, LET"S BLAME PSU,,,, THEY ARE ALWAYS GOODY GOODYS WHO CAN DO NO WRONG. THEY ARE, after all, CONSERVATIVES. They've NEVER had one single violation in school HISTORY and so we MUST somehow blame them for all of this.... LET"S DO IT!!!! Don't put the focus on Sandusky or his family. AFTER ALL, THEY WERE DEMOCRATS!!!!! They can't possibly be held accountable for their OWN PATHETIC ACTIONS.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • 1992 Grad and PROUD

      Take your meds please

      August 30, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousLaugher

      LOL@"Laurie"

      "Laurie

      The media handled the Sandusky crimes the same way they treat politics. BLAME ALL CONSERVATIVES FOR ONE MAN"S CRIMES. Penn State had the long standing reputation for being the only conservative program in HISTORY. No wonder the media is trying to tear them down. They are the ONLY school other than STANFORD who never had one single violation in HISTORY. They are..."

      OK Ms. Farmer, Jim Cunningham's waiting for you... and he has plenty more Kool Aid for you.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. halfpint

    Come on! The PLAYERS earned those trophies, not Sandusky.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • loriey

      Punish the ones that turned their heads when the abuse was reported. The entire footbal team had nothing to do with this disgrace. Why not sanction the PENSIONS of those who are retired, soon to retire, or who are no longer with Penn State for the years the abuse claims were ignored by them. Giving back the trphries & pulling away the games the team actually won isn't fair to the team. Sandusky sits in jail while these board members etc who or so willing ignored what was reported are the people who should bear the brunt of punishment, not the college itself.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • supafly88

      AGREED !!!! The players earn those trophies and shouldn't be taken away ! The board committee and president need to realize they going to far with it.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      halfpint,exactly,don't crucify the kids because of what was done behind their backs.These kids blood sweat,tears are in those trophies,not Sanduskys.Don't punish honest hard working kids playing sports for the hideous deeds of others,be more compassionate,its not Penn States trophies,its the kids,they earned it!!

      August 30, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mitt Romney

    I fully support Penn State Football and everything they have ever stood for.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    I never quite understood how a sick man having "horseplay" with young boys in the shower gave the football team an unfair advantage over their opponents for 14 years.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      They ran faster anytime Sanduskey appeared on the sidelines.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. jsinfla

    i agree with David and Charlene. Me Queary got off scott free. Where is his moral compass in all of this?

    August 30, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I wouldn't say that he got off scott-free.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DoubleEM

    This is wrong. Paterno didn't win them alone. Team did. Even if you blame this man – you can't blame hundreds of people involved. This is not justice.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Tebow

      It's justice when you agree to live under the umbrella of the NCAA. The members agree to live with the sanctions as they're handed out. They're free to join the NAIA, but I doubt the NAIA would want them now.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    The NCAA has become nothing more than professional football using slave labor. They and the schools take in millions at the expense of the players. They're doing the same thing to the players as Sandusky was doing to the children.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Tebow

      Uh, not QUITE the same thing the Tickle Monster was doing (with Paterno's knowledge) to those kids.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. PSUlosers

    " Penn State won the Outback Bowl in 1999 and 2007, the Alamo Bowl in 1999 and 2007" Terrible reporting and even worse editing... They won two bowl games in a year, in two different years?

    August 30, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. PSUlosers

    " Penn State won the Outback Bowl in 1999 and 2007, the Alamo Bowl in 1999 and 2007"... not possible, terrible reporting and editing

    August 30, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • sgerold

      actually it is possible to win 2 bowl games in the same year. The outback bowl is on Jan 1 and Alamo Bowl is in December

      August 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. psusux

    "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." hmmm what about the end of last season? this was a poorly written article

    August 30, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. ND#1

    I think most of the posts speak for themselves about the influence of the football culture not only at PSU, but also elsewhere. This should be about the victims!

    August 30, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anti-Sports-Guy

    This entire issue, excluding the criminal components, further emphasizes how silly our culture is. Sports in general distract people from things that really matter. Think I am full of it? Who is your Congress Rep? Can you name both of your Senators? But you probably know who the assistant defensive coordinator is for the team you like. Too much emphasis is put on kids running around giving eachother head injuries or swinging a bat. People are voting for legislature that cripples municipalities and schools causing massive cuts to teachers and fire/police depts but have no problem with 'professional' athletes making tens of millions of dollars a year. These 'role models' are usually a negative influence on kids causing a shift in focus to aspirations of NBA/NFL stardom instead of academics or community. Priorities are way out of whack. Next time you buy a nine dollar beer and a five dollar hot dog and go berserk cause someone hit a ball remember that since fourteen dollars could feed a hundred people, a one hundred and forty million dollar contract can do a heck of a lot more important things.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. bugbreath

    They were stripped of all those glorious championship trophies won while protecting and providing for a child rapist. Poor pitiful picked-on Penn State.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    Come on , really! What the heck does the scandal have to do with the football team earning those trophy's? Nothing!!! Why not just tell all the students that were at PSU during this time that their degrees are no good either. Good grief, what overreaction.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo-Anna

      Greg: I totally agree with you......stop taking it out on all the students that went to PSU! It is like they want to burn the school down.........this sort of thing has been happening for years in the Catholic Church, so have they closed all them down? Of, course not!!!! Besides, some of the blame should go to the parents, not just the school.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. roger zeisloft

    Are you serious? Do you know what kind of SAT scores you need to get into Penn State?

    August 30, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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