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. Turning Texas Blue

    It's supposed to be a deterent to prevent other programs from turning a blind eye to deplorable behavior. But, as I read some of these post, I see many people feel like, Hey! As long as my team is winning.....

    August 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. atljack

    Thank you for pointing this out. Why these Paterno worshipers can't get this is beyond belief.

    The Freeh Report shows Paterno was the one who stopped the others from reporting this to the authorities...

    August 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Academic All American

      Where was the proof? The media using the statement and not the whole report? In reading it there is no PHYSICAL EVIDENCE proving a cover-up just speculation.

      This is as something who can read and believes in America's due process.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Skip Galt

      Actually, the Freeh report does NOT say that Joe Paterno stopped anyone from doing anything. First of all the quote of that email only shows there was a conversation, no way to tell what Joe Paterno said. But let's assume the worst. Re-read that quote (below) or in your case perhaps read it yourself for the first time. At the end Curly, in fact says he will report to outside agencies, after advising Sanduskey: Read Tim Curley's email of February 27th: "After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday–I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved. I think I would be more comfortable meeting with the person and tell him about the information we received. I would plan to tell him we are aware of the first situation. I would indicate we feel there is a problem and we want to assist the individual to get professional help. Also, we feel the responsibility at some point soon to inform his organization and [sic] maybe the other one about the situation. If he is cooperative we would work with him to handle informing the organization. If not, we do not have a choice and will inform the two groups..."

      August 30, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JLCMAX

      There is nothing, absolutely nothing in the Freeh report that is in Joe Paternos own words. Its all based upon emails (which Joe never used) that Curley and Shultz sent back and forth to one another. Joe's the only guy that reported anything – period. Read the report idiot. Freeh just wanted to add to his resume and what better way that to sensationalize his report than by blaming Joe too. Dont just be a media follower/believer.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • schaeff

      The Freeh report said Paterno was guilty? Did you read the report? Public opinion proved Paterno was guilty a long time ago, so why do we need a one-sided Freeh report to confirm it for us?

      August 30, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • rupert

      Louis Freeh is a joke. Where is the money from IMF Global? What about his Italian citizenship that he just received. The point I'm trying to make is that this Freeh was hired just like he was at Merck to cover up the scandel and to make sure that the blame didn't fall back on the people actually involved. All I'm suggesting is for another person to take a look at really happened. Someone without any ties or special interest.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      I do not care about Paterno I am not a Penn State fam – I am from Massachusetts and a BC fan but the 99.9% of innocent athletes, fans, teachers, admins, and community do not deserve this.

      I am NOW officially a Penn State fan becasue everybody left at the school, are victims now.
      And this has nothing to do with a dead coach named paterno.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • 5thgen

      Maybe you should read the report before touting it's absoluteness.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Art

      atljack, Did you even read the Freeh report? There is nothing in it that shows what you just falsely stated. There is nothing in it that would even hold up in court.....typical, brainless flapjaw.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Tebow

      If Joe himself were to rise from the grave and cop to it, the kool aid drinkers would still never believe it.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • PA Guy

      That report is a joke! Full of incorrect information and bad assumptions. The fact the the NCAA and others are using it to punish Penn State shows what they are worth. Open your eyes people. Put the blame on the guy that was convicted of the crimes. Not on someone that cannot defend himself or on a football team/university that had nothing to do with the crimes.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • dawn

      Please google 'Freeh Report flaws' and read and become educated! You cannot go off the Freeh report! you obvious havent done your homework.. It was not just Paterno, if it was at all. It was a group of people at Penn State and we have yet to learn the TRUTH.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    It's nice to see Penn State get knocked back a few notches. Sorry Penn State fans, but being a PA resident grants me the privilege of enduring incessant, obnoxious Nittany fandom that has gotten quite long in the tooth. I get you are proud of your alma mater. And I'm happy for you. Just understand that not everyone cares about Penn State.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      What up, Justin? You sound bitter – maybe you weren't accepted at Penn State. Did you end up at Pitt?

      August 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GimmeABreak

      Getting "knocked back a few notches" is one thing but just when the entire 100,000 plus community surrounding Penn State thinks it's over & time to heal, somebody else rolls a grenade into the room. This has turned into a media frenzy that is hurting more innocent people than the few who might be guilty.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DPLJLB

      Stephanie: Pitt is a better school then Penn State and is more difficult to get into. Pour yourself a huge glass of "GET OVER IT."

      August 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      So you're saying that you're happy those kids got abused so Penn State could be in a position to be 'knocked down a few notches'? That's truly disgusting.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Academic All American

      @DPLJLB: Where do you see that? Pitt is ranked #58 in the country, PSU #45. Last time I checked 45 is a higher better ranking than 58. #ouchyougotburned

      August 30, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JLCMAX

      DPLJLB: I'm alumni of both PSU and Pitt and have degrees from both in Engineering. Went to Pitt first, then PSU. Both are excellent schools – but I will take PSU over Pitt any day.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul B

    The loser alumni and students that support Penn State and continue giving them money are supporting the same administration and college that protected Sandusky. As long as they continue supporting and putting a group of criminals "on high", then they should be mocked. The Penn State supporters are cretins that support child abusers.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Amazing. Now I'm a "cretin" – such classy comments from the PSU haters. Read the facts. Why should the trophies be taken away and stored in a warehouse? Why punish all the past players and current students? The NCAA is getting a bit out of hand on this case. And the Board of Trustees is like a dog in the back window – heads just bobbing up and down.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Paul, your the fool. I don't support jack what took place by the PRIOR ADMINISTRATION. That doesn't mean I have to denounce the new folks that are moving the school and program forward in the right direction.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. No Coverup

    Can you show me in the report where it shows Curley told Paterno they need to bring the police in on this and he told them not to? I don't have a horse in this race I'm just trying to see the cover up that everyone thinks they see. If he was going to cover it up why would he have gone to them in the first place. everyone acts like Paterno watched it happen. It was McQueary who saw it. Told his Dad and a doctor about it and both of them did nothing. Paterno reported it. The AD and the head of the police seemed to determine that it was another 1998 incident which was investigated and now charges so they felt nothing criminal happened. As I said that was where the ball was dropped.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthbetold1226

      No need to show you, you are not the one making the decisions. You don't matter. You think the decision on what should and should not be done be left up to somebody lacking brain power? I thnk not.

      The NCAA saw enough to come in with the hammer. They were hoping that PSU didn't accept the hammer because they refused to accept the hammer, PSU was going to get the "death penalty" .

      Again, brainless people are not the one making the decisions on what puunishments given to PSU. Also, people tend to see what they want to see. Everybody else can see the relation, and that is why NCAA, Middle States, Moody Group and several sponsors have stated their concern. In addition, and this is for brainless ones, the NCAA can't be taken to court. PSU is a member and has agreed to obey their rules. Therefore the sanctions are unapealable.

      BTW, change your nickname, it should be "no sense"... (grin)

      September 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GimmeABreak

    When will the "Beating A Dead Horse" principal apply ?

    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Turning Texas Blue

    If I watched these bowl games on cable TV, can I get a refund?

    August 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Hassq

    In retrospect, had the individual who witnessed the attack on a child taken the appropriate action, we would not be having this discussion. It is sad that from that in-action all this destruction has taken place. How could a person witness such an attack and not fly into a rage and attack Sandusky? I would have killed him.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthbetold1226

      Larry, I applaud your feelings. Most people would have done the same as you.

      Let me try to explain McQuery actions. First of all, all PSU football staff are deeply, deeply dedicated to JoePa and the football program. They know that the football program and JoePa are bigger then PSU, and why not, JoePa and the PSU football program are not just winners, they are dynasty with legend leading them, and the dough is rolling in. Anythng that threatens that, is going to be downgraded. McQuery knowing this is big time wrong, didn't want to rock the ship, he is not going to take that responsibilty, he shifted it over to the big man, JoePa.

      Any other place, or time, McQuery would have stopped the action. But, this was on PSU ground, one of JoePa's best friends, different story. Just trying to explain McQuery"s mindset and why he did or didn't do no more at that time. JoePa was the same way. However, back to the front. After the Freeh Report, everybody could see what went on, except the defenders of JoePa. The NCAA came with the axe, and the PSU president knew what position PSU was in, so he quickly signed the agreement. The defenders said he shouldn't have agreed. I wish he hadn't, because if he didn't signed that agreement, PSU would have no football whatsoever, they could play themselves, but they could not play anymore football, plus, more punishment would result too.

      September 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ican Heare

    The highest leaders of the University knowingly and willingly engaged in criminal activity that resulted in the continuation of CHILDREN BEING MOLESTED on school property by a high-ranking school official. And some people are more worried about some trophies, some scholarships, some win records? The students are not being punished. Classes are still attended, graduations are still held, and football players have found spots at other universities. The damage done to alumni and current students is the stigma that is now associated with having Penn State on their resume and that is the fault of Penn State leaders for destroying the name of Penn State. It's funny how some Paterno supporters are so vocal about these trophies, statues, and records yet they don't seem to show a single thread of sympathy for the children and their families that were victimized. Sadly, their words are only fueling the anger that reasonable persons have toward these former university "leaders" and their blind arrogance to the atrocities of these crimes only further damages the reputation of Penn State.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      That is your opinion, it is not a fact. When in doubt, we accept court rulings as facts, the only fact to date is that Sandusky was a child molester, the rest is all conjuncture at this point.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. GDW

    Damn, I wish just ONE person from Penn State would say, "it's just football games" and get over it. Is Penn States entire value it's football team? Sure seems that way.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Maybe the people from Penn State who care about things other than football have better things to do than gripe on an internet news forum about their wins and trophies being vacated?

      August 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    One can only hope Penn State loses every one of their beloved football games forever.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      A handful of people do something admittedly terribly wrong and your response is to lynch 60,000 students who had nothing to do with it. American justice ?

      August 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bpsf

      In reply to Thomas

      I remember all the thousands of students protesting the arrest, claiming that he was innocent. Silence of this sort should be punnished and shared by all who kept silent.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      bpsf:

      There certainly was not 1 person protesting Sandusky's arrest. Get a clue.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Golyadkin

    It makes me happy to know that the last game that Paterno ever saw his beloved Nittany Lions play was them getting slaughtered by my Cougars.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jleigh

      I thought this was about the abused kids? Glad they could suffer for you so you can relive your happy football memory.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. David in Florida

    It shows no such thing.
    But what do you say about McQueary?
    He didn't call 911 when it was allegedly happening.
    He called his "daddy" that night that he saw "something".
    He told Paterno he saw "something" the next day.
    McQueary is not in jail for perjury or failure to call authorities.
    But Paterno is being hung out to dry because of that man McQueary not calling 911.
    I do not have to be a Paterno fan to see that this rush to justice against Paterno but ignoring McQueary is just not right.
    PS I went to a MAC school in Ohio and and have no personal interest in this.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • aqua

      Paterno already knew when McQ went to him. That is very obvious. And he called off plans to report the abuse. He didn't want anything to make him lose his defense coach or give his game a bad name. He knew all along and is guilty for doing nothing. Anyone who doesn't know that is not paying attention or in denial.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrentR

      So fine Paterno, but this is rediculuos.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Typical factless comment. Sandusky wasn't on Paterno's staff when McQuerry went to Joe. Sandusky retired 3-4 years before.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      McQueary was a student at the time, so your point is you dont have one

      August 30, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      McQuery was a grad student at the time....students tend to turn to adults in positions of authority when confronted with something so extreme...that means dad and coach

      August 30, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, bs. He was what, 28??
      Give me a break.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      I am Penn State and I am Proud. Jerry Sandusky was railroaded by those jealous of our athletic program's success. As an Environmental Engineer and PSU alumni, I encounter all types of people. None are as worthy as my PSU brothers. But cleaning the offices of others is just one of my many duties. I am responsible for locking up the building once the cleaning is done. I'm trusted with the keys. And just like I am trusted with the keys to the building, so are my fellow Penn State brothers trusted. WE ARE PENN STATE.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      So why reply

      August 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • in Arkansas

      I agree. McQueary is just a culpable as everyone else if not more. He witnessed this attack and did nothing. He could have stopped that attack and saved a child fron unspeakable terror. I hope the victim sues him for everything he owns now and in the future.

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

      What about him? I say we close the whole school. noone's is going to attend there after this anyways.

      August 30, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jp

      Paterno finally got what was coming..too bad he wasn't alive to be prosecuted..nasty old reprobate!! He could have saved a lot of children a lot of pain. Good riddance to rubbish!

      August 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LanaHere

      I totally agree with you that something has to be done about McQueary not calling 911. He wasn't a confused 10 kid who saw a crime went down. Even a 10 yr old has more sense then that. This is just my opinion but I think the reasoon McQueary called his daddy instead of 911 was because he wanted somebody to know, but he was a coward so he needed someone like his father to shield him while he channel the information out of to others...everywhere but 911. Just my opinion, but what do i know?

      August 31, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Diva M.

      David in Florida: Your statements are right on! I totally agree with your remarks on this matter.

      September 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gwats

      Are you serious? Paterno ran the house, and no one lasted long opposing him.

      September 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthbetold1226

      No you not a fan, you are just a "blind defender" of a past icon, who's name will be forever tarnished.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Thomas

    The entire country should take a long break from football. Would do everyone good .

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

      good thought, but it will not happen

      August 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike The American

      Why? It would be nice to be able to take a break from liberals, Obama, in-your-face gay agendas, uber-P.C. campaigns and atheism evangelists too but it doesn't look like that's about to happen any time soon. Sports are one of the few things left to take your mind off those things. No thanks.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • truthbetold1226

      Good point Thomas!! Maybe that will bring people back to reality. You hear this talk that what the "football team/program" has to do with it??!! Whereas, any clear-thinking-fair-minded-person can see that football had everything to do with it. It was done because the football program. Gosh, why do you think NCAA went after the football team/program by negating the wins, taking scholarships, banning bowl games, etc? Because the football program was put above the welfare of children!!

      Come on people, open your eyes. Also, Middle States is looking at PSU's accreditation too. All because the football program was put above the welfare of children.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JLCMAX

    Thomas is on target, Just look around at all the criminality going on everywhere and how much of it it is inter-related to sports in general. PSU isn't the first or the last................evil people lurk under the cover of many guises.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Tebow

      Including Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Head of Athletics and Head of Campus Security, apparently.

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