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. Nittany Lying

    As a Penn State alum, I am embarassed and saddened by the actions not only of the football program, but of the AD and superiors up to and including the Trustees. Penn State lost its way and became a ridiculous cult of personality where the sanctimonious and self congratulatory rule over all. Paterno was a glorified high school coach who was an invalid figurehead for the last 4 seasons just to get his overall impressive win and game totals. He also failed at the only test of his integrity that really mattered, protection of the innocent and vulnerable. He deserves his current derision, yes, even posthumously. I hope more are jailed and recognized for their cowardice. Discussion of the plight of the student players is a distraction. The Staff chose to protect the team/rep at the cost of sodomized children. What they wrongly sought to protect should be dismantled, and I agree with the NCAA rulings. The student players are the unfortunate victims in the same way that a jailed father isnt the one one doing time, his kids are punished too. "Floods" Paterno should have thought of that before protecting his pal Jerry.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legalist

      There is NO PROOF anywhere that shows Joe Paterno was guilty of any wrong doing in 1998 or 2001. The Freeh report is nothing more than speculation and personal conclusions. My suggestion is to read the actual Freeh report and not the summary as the report doesn't agree with the summary. People who will only listen to the media and not do their own homework are disgusting to say the least. This whole mess should have played out in the courts before any judgement was handed down by the NCAA and the PSU BOT and President are just as guilty in this infraction as anyone.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      the full report is even more damning of Paterno, indicating that he alone re-directed the administrators to NOT contact authorities...

      August 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nth

    So we punish the management chain and all the students yet the pope goes free as the priests of the catholic church continue, CONTINUE, to abuse young kids. Something is clearly out of balance here.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Really?

    How is it the police that walked away with nothing in 1998 are not accountable? Instead we strip the players of their hard work? If Wal-Mart covered up a child abuse scandal in their store would the punishment reach down to the associates?

    And how about the young coach who witnessed the abuse? I didn't see him following up when nothing appeared to happen to Sandusky but coach Paterno was suppose to?

    August 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Paterno NEVER talked to Sandusky about his behavior!!!!!!!!! Never!!! They didn't take away his gym keys after being investigated!!!!! Google Sandusky interviews – they didn't take his keys away!!!!!!!!! Are u kidding me... They did NOTHING!!!!!!!!! Penn st people come to grips with what happened.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DD

      Exactly. And how is it that the governor of Pennsylvania himself, a member of the board of trustees, and the attorney general at the time when Sandusky was first investigated...is not in the news and under scrutiny? He's been awfully silent about all of this...

      August 30, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jef

    So does this mean that anyone who placed a bet on any of the games and lost will get their money back? On the flip side, the winners will need to forfeit and return their winnings?

    August 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Not a Penn State Fan

    This is a bridge too far for me. It's like the entire PS alumni were in on this atrocity. Just unfair.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You are kidding, right? You are everything that is wrong with people today, cast judgment but don't actually bother to know facts.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PevanB

    IDIOTIC! Why is Penn state not going to court over this. I have no ties to them and think that the molester should be killed but the students did NOTHING! They should take this to court...

    August 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kudu

    I am not a Penn State fan, far from it. I support about any opposing team in the Big 10 that they play. With that said, when is this stupidity going to end. The guilty have been jailed, fired or are dead, in all cases their lives have been ruined by simple association. Punishing players for a perverts crime isn't the way to go about this, LEAVE the past players alone

    August 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vivian

    Penn state allowed innocent kids to be hurt. Let us punish them by hurting innocent kids. Huh? Hypocracy comes to mind.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      How are current students being punished? They can't go to a bowl game? They can't stop in and take a look at the bowl trophies? They can't walk by paternos statue? They all have to work a little harder now to save their university? Tell me, how are students being punished?

      August 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael S.

    Stupidity run rampant... If there's a child molester in the next town are they going to kick my door in and haul me off because I didn't report it. (The fact I was unaware apparenltly doesn't matter.) The students were innocent and should not be punished.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Portland tony

    I'm sure the undergraduates at Penn State will get over losing the football trophies!

    August 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Agree @ Portland tony, It beats losing your virginity to Sandusky any day.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      I don't see why it stops at PSU then. These were NCAA football games, powered by NCAA television money. Why isn't the NCAA itself sanctioned? How could they not have known a large program was so corrupt that they would harbor a criminal rather than suffer some bad press? If they have the power to level this type of sanction, they must be liable for the programs they oversee.

      What about the bowls with Sandusky and kids in attendance? They were the draw the monster used and the symbol of success for the football program. They saw Sandusky there with the kids, shouldn't they be punished? What about the advertisers that funded the ads that provided the money to the ncaa? How many of these organizations have to be brought to justice to equal the pain of the kids involved?

      August 30, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. James

    While "they" are at it, why not just roll up the sidewalks at Penn State, take down the road signs. "they"( whoever the 'H' they are) , won't be happy til thats done!

    August 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    This is just so wrong in so many ways. Joe and Penn State Football should not be taking the blame for Sandusky. Joe was and still is an admiral man in my opinion. Erasing a great man that did great things for so many of us, forgive them Joe for they know not what they do. It so easy to attack a man when he is gone. I feel so sorry for the families involved but Joe didn't do this to them, it was Sandusky. I feel very badly for Joe's family, left to see his legacy distroyed and the dirt still hasn't settled.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      If joe was still alive he may very well be answering to a grand jury about evidence showing he knew about the first Sandusky incidents but told a grand jury he didn't. I agree with you that paterno was overall a good man ( although he should have stopped coaching 10 years ago). In a program where he obviously controlled everything he let somthing massive slip by. Like he said he should have done more..... Honestly I think many many fans outside of Pennsylvania thought it was wierd he coached for so long.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      If they did, then we'd get a legal opinion of the quality of the evidence presented. I've read it, I can't imagine it would hold up to even the lightest legal scrutiny. I'm not saying he's innocent, but I've read the report, I've seen nothing convincing and with that slight amount of data we're ripping out and devaluing over a decade of experiences and pride of a generation of students. Telling them they should be ashamed and publicly humiliating them and branding them as criminals. It's not right.

      August 30, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mckenzieworld

    just do the right thing from the start and avoid trouble

    August 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. irishamericanlefty

    This is blatantly wrong. The players didn't molest anyone. They were the ones out on the field. Coaches are there for GUIDANCE. They don't score any of the points. It was ONE man that did these horrible acts. I've lost a ton of respect for the NCAA.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alfred E. Neuman

    PSU is finished regarding their football program and all because of one sick individual, a coach who just couldn't stand to lose, an administration that covered it up. In the end it all crashed and burned with ruined reputations galore.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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