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. Michelle

    I am so looking forward to this weekend so I can BOOO the Lions. I hope they get trounced.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. tammy

    this just is not right, these players earned these tropheys! some of the players possibly had to deal with abuse from this man and they are going to take away what little they have left..sounds like the innocent victims are being punished!! what a shame!!

    August 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. ROMNEY 2012

    The Liberal education system in America is constantly putting our children in harms way. OBAMA wants to dump even more money into the failed system, but under the Romney Plan, superior homeschooling will be encouraged with a voucher system at a fraction of the cost. These Universities thrive on the government dollar, and that will cease once the GOP is able to cut the fat from our liberally bloated budget.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I'd love to see the person at home, delivering such a superior homeschooling education, be able to teach their children about the following: Ekman Transport, differential equations, the difference between German, Italian, and French 6th augmented chords, and the role of futures trading on the global pricing of petroleum. Homeschooling only works as long as the person teaching can actually keep up with the content, which typically ends following ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Vouchers are awesome, especially when the schools receiving them are subject to the same rules as public schools (quit sending your special education students to public schools because you "don't have the necessary facilities" and then bemoaning low test scores at public schools"). Want to get rid of the rules? Fine, just don't decry the decay of society when we return back to the 1950s and '60s when graduation rates were so low. The very fact that liberalism is defined as thinking with an open mind makes me realize just how hopeless your lot really is. Take that however you want, as I'm sure the fact that I am a liberal will immediately make you believe what you want.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grinning Libber

      Bull Pucky. All part of the plan to educate only the rich and the fundies and squash that "critical thinking" That and enriching the floggers of on-line education. Home schooling is a regressive scam. All home schoolers should be required to pass regular state exams and if they fail be required to attend public schools. 95% would fail today. Further, such "teachers" should be required to submit and follow lesson plans which meet state criteria. This country does not need more illiterates.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob572176

      I could see John Sundusky doing home schooling would be quite interesting. Home school doesn't work most kids who are home schooled have no idea what it is like to be with people. You need a total education good teachers which aren't at home good social skills which you can't get at home. Plus Romney and the republicans will continue to destroy this country. It started with Reagan and we they have been sending us backwards ever since. Remember when the green back was king and everybody want it. Well thanks to the republicans nobody wants it anymore not even americans. Why do you think Mitt hides his money overseas.

      August 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patricia G

    I JUST THOUGHT OF SOMETHING – WHY DON'T THEY PLAY MICHAEL JACKDON MUSIC DURING HALF TIME? MAYBE THE BEAT IT SONG ! YEAH BABY !

    August 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. 1992 Grad and PROUD

    WE ARE PENN STATE!

    Look at all the jealous haters trying to tear down a bastion of higher learning that they probably got a rejection letter from. Sorry kids, an 11 on your ACT isn't good. Mommy probably dropped you as a child.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • mao

      Oh, please. The sanctions and penalties PSU must endure is nothing compared to the damage these kids have suffered. If PSU had done the right thing and not protected a child molester, you wouldn't be in this boat.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rich

    they should send them back after flattening them with a steamroller. The NCAA has flattened Penn State's student, alumni, & football program for an offense that had no relation to the actual football program. These sanctions hurt the students and players of the university who were innocent bystanders. What happened was an atrocity, but you do not go in with a scorched earth strategy to punishment.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Radke

      I couldn't agree more......without getting into penalties aimed at coaches and adminstrators, why in the world would anyone put the thumbscrews to those that were innocent? It makes no sense.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      The students are even more guilty. They are a disgrace to all of humanity.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America and PA.
    Good,there should be a public ceremony to transfer the trophies back to the NCAA,Anyone who believes and tells you Paterno and the other college administrators had idea what Sandusky was doing is insulting your intelligence.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    Read the Freeh report people and when you actually find the PROOF Paterno is to blame, please please please point that precise evidence out to the rest of us. You won't be able to because there is zero proof in the report. It is subjective at best and at worst, it blames Paterno for what MANY others failed to do. There was an investigation in 1998 by the DPW and CYS and they failed to pursue it so exactly how was Paterno supposed to?

    August 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Concerned

    I'm sorry but I was always raised in sports hearing coaches tell the players that "they can teach them all the know but it's the players that play the game". Therefore it's the players that win or lose the game, so why are they being punished when they had nothing to do for this. The players earned those trophies not the coaches or the school

    August 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elaine

      Oh no they didn't. They players did NOT earn those trophies. According to Obama, everyone participated. From those that paved the roads that allowed the kids to get to school to those who cooked them food so they wouldn't go hungry. Everyone, including the coaches, participated in the victories – and therefore all participated in the crimes. They should all be punished. Especially the students that support the team.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actually in Reality

      Elaine, I hate to break it to you, but everyone who supports collegiate atheletics with money IS to blame.

      You see Joe Paterno was more concerned about his reputation, and Penn State about the effect the scandal would have on their football program, each decided that nothing was to be gained by making these assaults on children by a long time football coach public knowledge.

      However because of the fact that boosters give money to win, Joe coaches to win, and PSU wasn't going to kill their golden goose, the conflict of interests between $ and doing what was morally and legally right got turned upside down.

      The self-centered only see the tree in the forest, and fail to forget that when one burns, the whole forest can go up in flames.

      Kinda like all those PSU alumni who went to school for a degree and now bear the burden of a scandal that never should have been associated with it.

      Possibly it's time to get serious about putting money into having the best educated students in the world and let the football scores be what they are.

      If your athletic program is a main selling point to attracting students, you are going to eventually going to end up in a bad place. If boosters want to keep sending dollars to support bad decision making, they will get what they get.

      In the case of PSU, possibly they will find something better to do on Saturdays.

      August 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alesha

    T ITLE IX VIO LATIONS MAY = PSU LOOSING F ED F UNDIND

    August 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Elaine

    I sure hope the school eventually loses accreditation ! Wouldn't that just be too awesome ! PSU students and alumni are just jackals.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. deathwombat

    It's entirely appropriate to take wins away from Joe Paterno because he had knowledge of the situation and failed to act. It's inappropriate to punish the players who won those trophies, because they were unaware of the abuse. The trophies may reside at the school, but they were won by the players.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Grinning Libber

    Just shut the whole place down. Reading the comm nets confirms is breeds evil.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Academic All American

    Do they want the Academic All-American awards during that time period too? Or are they not part of the culture problem?

    August 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aaron

    They student athletes are being punished most by this. Should this scandal overshadows their accomplishments? They earned those trophies and no scandal should take them away.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
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