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.”

soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. you_are_erased

    harboring a fugitive who is a child penetrator strips you of all rights. you are erased.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pennsylvania sage

    Penn State is a national disgrace and should be dismantled. The arrogance of the school and Perverto family continues, showing how a pedophile was protected for years.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. die_yashoda

    have you still found yashoda nagarajah who kept me in a wired forcefield to give in to her lustful signals? she is of sri lankan origin and an electrical engineer originating from iit bombay. she kept raping me and saying 'kurapati kiti to give in'. raping and raping. hence the reputation of penn state.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shameshame

    also, this happened because you tried to annihilate another university that had done you no wrong.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. YouAreStupid

    A guy that I work with graduated from Penn State and couldn't even remember Joe Paterno's name when we were talking about this 2 weeks ago... so no, not everyone associated with Penn State "are criminals for putting the athletics department first, above education and all else." There are plenty of good people who came from and are still there. Grow up and stop being an idiot.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Someone who went to PSU in the last 30 years and doesn't know who Paterno is?!? Yeah, RIGHT. I call Bullpuckey!

      August 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    And just what, exactly, will be done with all of these returned trophies? Destroyed? Garbage heap? Sold? Private collector? Mothballed? Where? I would be VERY interested to know.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    College football is too big to fail! It’s sad we allow colleges to make such a big deal out of football. The NFL should mandate that all starters should have to play 2 years in a B league. And they should push the schools off the money hill for college football. If you want to be a pro player, then you shouldn’t waste time playing for a college team. The sport and players would do better is we had more focus with younger players. They could start their NFL careers much earlier. & the NFL could generate more money for the sport, fans & players. + we could get the corruption & distractions out of the colleges.

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

      And when they are done with the pros where do they go from there without a college degree? HELLLOOOOO

      August 30, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      Pennsylvania sage the way you are acting you are the pervert and definitely not professional.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bama Fan

    I personally think it is very unfair to punish a team,who,I doubt very seriously knew of any crap like that was happening,or would you think they were all a part of one massive cover up?

    August 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      They should ban the football program and remove all student loans.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghost of JoePa

      They should bulldoze the stadium and pull all funding from the entire university

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

      This is nothing new. The NCAA set a precedent ages ago of vacating wins, bowl games, national championships. It's never been fair to the red-shirt freshman who hasn't even played a down yet. But it's intended as a deterrence to the administration, and that's just hard luck. Can't make an exception for PSU.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      It's unfair to the current students and athletes, but unfortunately there's no solution that's perfectly fair to everybody. The university MUST be punished, and significantly so, otherwise there's absolutely no incentive for they and others to keep from engaging in future such behavior.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Another Brick in the Wall

    Enough already !!!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • horsewoman


      August 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ~~~

    Nobody cares about trophies. Make them give the money back.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Winston5

    Seems like someone's got some family issues...were you really wanting to talk about your parents, JLCMAX?

    August 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bob

    I guess the teams they beat in those bowls no longer exist either. What nonsense

    August 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 486sxdx

    Wow. Granted the arguments above have little in the way of evidence based warrants or any illusion of being anything besides a random claim that PSU should suffer because of the wrongdoing of a few, but your comment illustrates at best that ad hominem attacks at best lowers your perceived IQ. In one breath you accused people of being stupid, drug users, or high school dropouts. I hope that you are in fact, not an alum of PSU because your rant really makes the university look like it teaching nothing but how to act like a teenager. If you are an alum and and this is how you respond to this, I'd ask for my money back because your 4 years (or 2 years, maybe you got your MA) was wasted on poor grammar and incomplete logic.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Emma

    Okkkkk Already! They are punishing an entire school for one administrator? Yes, what Sandusky did was wrong, deplorable, etc but to punish an entire program...doesn't seem fair at all.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Not one administrator, quite a few. Didn't Ohio State get punished for what only a few students did? No, it was for what Tressel did and what a few students did. Etc...

      August 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      Um, no. They're not punishing the school for what Sandusky did, they're punishing the school for enabling Sandusky and sweeping everything under the rug when they had every reason to suspect what Sandusky did and was doing.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J.

    It's sad that they're punishing the current and former athletes for what people higher up the chain of command did. This would be like removing all the medals a war veteran received because his superior officer committed a crime. Completely and utterly ridiculous.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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