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. keyser

    Everyone is still in shock that Penn State is still allowed to play football. You won't see any Big Ten schools refusing to play them in honor of the victims. Those victims are playing second fiddle to football money. The only ones in denial are Penn State alumni, most of whom should be ashamed of themselves for sticking up for Paterno. I am also miffed that the Pennsylvania State legislature has taken no steps to cut off funding for the football program. I guess they're in denial as well.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • To

      Why punish to children???

      August 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • To

      Why punish the children, sorry!!!

      August 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobSaget

      Penn State football supports itself. It doesn't get money from the legislature. Perhaps you should go back to college and learn a thing or two.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Why should the students be punished? In my humble opinion every administrator should have been held accountable and perhaps even punished if they had knowledge of Sandusky's behavior. It's sad that star athletes have to transfer, leaving friends behind, in order to continue playing football. Sad.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guest

    I believe these kids will be allowed to transfer out. I'd like to see all the kids leave one by one and let PS fall.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobSaget

      You're right. The entire town, including the parents of these kids should be punished by closing the university and ending the economy of the town.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    ....And when will we start talking about UNC and fix the problem with the NCAA rather than make Penn State a modern day Salem Witch Trial?

    August 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Siggie

    Shouldn't they also take away the diplomas of everyone who graduated during that period?

    August 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConkyII

      No, but if you have one you might wnat to consider it.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • atljack

      They don't have to. The diplomas are so tarnished by having Penn State on them that why take them away?

      August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WM

    Good. Pretty sad to think of those young boys being molested, some officials knew but for the glory of football, they kept it quiet. Sick.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RCP

    Do the TV networks have to return all of their revunue from broadcasting these vacated wins? Also, does the NCAA have to give back all of the money they made by licensing PSU attire during this same time period?


    August 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fr33th1nk3r

    Why are they punishing the entire student body for the work of a few staff members? Throw the book at Sandusky, and the two that covered the scandal up after being told about it. But what good does it do to ruin the quality of education for the current, future, and past students? They did not commit the crimes.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fed up with NCAA

    I am so fed up with NCAA and most of the posters on this board. The Players who won those awards DID NOTHING WRONG. The School may have made some mistakes – key word MAY HAVE, but in now way did the school violate NCAA rules or regulations. To hand down the se penalties just proves that there is NO JUSTICE in America. If the Media paints you as a bag guy – you must be guilty. Most of the folks I deal with on a day to day activity agree – we will no longer support NCAA in ANY format. This is an organization that needs disbanded.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      Agree on the NCAA. They threaten schools and players directly and indirectly. Everyone is afraid to stand up to them, even the appearance of defiance results in investigations, sanctions and public shame. How did we let an organization like this have so much power over our public and private education system?

      IF there was a cover up, it's more likely that it had more to do with fear of the mob justice of the NCAA then the public knowing about Sandusky.

      August 30, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. BuckN

    In the case of the bowl trophies, would the teams they played get them?

    August 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. carlcoffin

    This is so stupid!! 14 years of bowl victory trophies should NOT be given back. I would not do it. These kids should not be punished for what a sick person did.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NCAA

    And make sure the oranges are given back too!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. childabusevictim

    those football players did nothing wrong. Stupid decision to take wins away from players. Instead of stopping child abuse, the power to be, the fricking lazy powers to be, just punish and forget, after they pretend they are righteous. The powers to be should be need to FEEL abuse. It's not pretty.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. digitalclips

    I don't get why the students at Pen State are being punished for the evil of a few staff. That's like punishing the members of a Church for the evil priests and Pope.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuckN

      digitalclips; Well put.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul B

      beause by going to the school and giving them money, they are supporting the administration that committed the crime.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You can also ask, why were Nazis looked down on when it was Hitler that organized the Holocausr. After all, they were just people in Germany.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • blessedgeek

      A Mafia boss robbed other cities and distributed his riches to his city. A court ruling required the city the city residents to return all the loot. Then some one said, "I can't understand why the city's residents are being punished by the misdeed of one Mafiaso".

      August 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. No Coverup

    Let me see. McQueary saw something. Told Paterno the next day. Paterno tells his boss, the AD, and the man who was the head admin of the Penn State police who have jurisdiction on campus. The AD and the head of the police called the chief of police and asked for the 1998 report, at this point is where they dropped the ball. They should have told the chief right there. instead they review the 1998 incident and seemed to determine that the new incident was similar and nothing criminal happened. They spoke with McQueary and say he said horsing around which would also lead them to think nothing criminal. The AD talking to Joe could very well be him telling Joe that nothing criminal happened. What I don't see is a cover up by Paterno. So please point me in that direction so I can read what you are because it certainly isn't in the Freeh report

    August 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • blessedgeek

      A manager who has no inkling of what happened is no good manager.

      I guess you would do the same – you should be on FBI high alert because if you ever came across abuse you would be doing what Paterno did – doing nothing about it. You would punish those who dare to deviate from their focus of football in so much as pursuing abuse that is happening under your nose.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ADC

      blessedgeek ~ "A manager who has no inkling of what happened is no good manager."

      Yes, we all should examine the lives of our ex-employees. Do you know intimate details of the lives of your employees, and from what you said, everyone who has every worked for you? Isn't that a conflict of a manager-employee relationship?

      August 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 12970

      Freeh report, who needs it. Joe Paterno gave you all the information you need with "I wish I had done more" and "It's one of the great failings of my life". No truer words have ever been spoken, I accept him at his word. His ruination in this process is a bitter end to a career because of the positive influence he had on so many, but far less tragic than what happened to the young men at the hands of Sandusky. I believe the NCAA and the PS administration are doing a fairly good job of working to clean up the mess. I hope the team does well and I hope the new coach gets a fair shake since his challenge is great for years to come.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      Everyone who knew Sandusky probably said those words, how could you not? It's not an admission of guilt, it's an honest expression that anyone should feel if they were close enough to the situation. Everyone wants an easy answer, it's not easy. 10% of kids are abused, you're probably working with an abuser right now. If you ever find out about it, it might be you uttering those same words.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    OU will crush you.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
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