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. horsewoman

    Seriously..I'm thinking that everyone who says "give back the trophies", "give back the money" never went to college and are living in glass houses.

    What if you went to this school 20 years ago, 30, 40 or more. Does the school, alumni, and everyone connected go down with a scandal connected to a few people? glass houses are amazingly comfy. Just look with any extended family...weirdness abounds but does your good name go down for each offense?

    August 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Naibsel

    I'm glad I decided not to go to Penn St and went to Temple instead.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Temple sucks academically, but PSU is a relatively solid state school.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I'm glad you went to Temple too.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      As a Penn Stater, I'm glad you went to Temple instead too.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • wordsdontmatter

      we should kill everyone who hates his legacy

      August 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Yes Naibsel - we're *ALL* glad you went to Temple. However, you missed out on a great experience and campus atmosphere..... and we can walk the streets of University Park without getting stabbed!

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

      Naibsel, be glad you didn't go. (Look at obvious Penn-Stater's replies for one.) A couple years back during one of the Buckeye-Penn State games, some fellas went to visit their fellow fraternity Brothers on Penn campus, but ended up being attacked with beer cans (some unopened), ridiculed, and even chased down just because they were "Buckeyes". Imagine what kind of trash it takes to have that sort of behavior.. so yes, be glad. Apples don't fall far from the trees, and I'm sure there will be plenty of comments in opposition of this, regardless of how truthful it is and how white trash Penn State can obviously be. It starts and ends with the parents.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • namon

      I went to Conn University of Nano Technology

      August 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. horsewoman

    Please name the collegs that are pedophile free. Do tell, omiscient one.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • CTYank

      NOT the point. The point is Joe making himself THE legal authority regarding his team, and doing NOTHING EVER. Get your perceptions straight and stop whining. It's over- take it like a man.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack Ryder

      All of them, except PSU. Because that's their secret haven.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • pennsylvania sage

      I know one that isn't.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill FFX

    Why doesn't PSU plan to suspend the football program for the next 4 years and devote funds,scholarships, and efforts into building stronger basketball, soccer, lacrosse programs? Why punish current and potential students, looking forward, for the serious misguided decisions by those responsible parties who are purged, imprisoned, or dead?

    August 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Gee, Bill.... why punish the current FOOTBALL team? They're students too, believe it or not.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel P

      Why doesn't PSU plan to suspend the football program for the next 4 years and devote funds to TEACHING STUDENTS ? That IS what they're supposed to be doing, isn't it ? !

      August 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JUGGERNAUT

    OOHHHH.........BULL, why are they punishing the students because the teacher was a pedophile????

    August 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Penn

    Whats next? kick them out of the US?

    August 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ernie

      Can we do that?

      August 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Subnx

    Read the Freeh report. It's a hatchet job built on supposition. "Victim" One just sued alleging molestation over 100 times between the time he was 12 and 15. That sounds consensual.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • qoemarie

      If you are between the ages of 12-15 and your "partner" is and adult you are a victim. You need to be on the radar as someone who represents a potential threat to the safety of juveniles. Your thought processing is just that far away from normal. Get help.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. mofo

    Wow, best news I've heard all day. Keep beating this crap College down. Punishment needs to keep coming.

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

    Please take Penn State out of the news for the next 5 years. They are irrelevant now. Thank you.

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

    Good God when are these infantile children at NCAA going to grow up. Does this mean if I was bad I should give back my Christmas presents to Santa Clause? Maybe they will try to move Penn State to Canada or Mexico next.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dakotawind

    Penn State can be punished forever for the actions of a few but that will NEVER stop pedophilia or the men and women who do it or the people who cover it up. Those people, like Sandusky (and Dottie), do not have a conscious and never will. All this commotion about punishing Penn State is only punishing the students and alumni. My son is an alumni and was there when this happened. He is not responsible for any of this. He is proud of his accomplishment there and so am I. So....people get off of it!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmyd

      You're all so proud. We get it. That's your thing. JoePa was so proud too.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. serenitynow26

    WHO is supporting Sandusky? You are crazy.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. namon

    Goes to show what a crowd of losers in Happy Valley. No respect for the victims, no respect for themselves, nothing counts but football.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susie

      Doesn't this show the NCAA is the one caring too much about football?

      August 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousBuckeye

      Amen Brother.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnonymousBuckeye

      Uhm, Susie, ... that's their purpose.

      I bet you're a Republican too, who believes in the crusade against "big government".. or otherwise known by the intelligent people of the World – the Republican's dreams to remove only the laws protecting everyone from their greed.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. namon

    JoPa's statue is stored away, awaiting the day to reemerge when the national amnesia sets in.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Louis Freeh was paid millions of dollars to write a report placing blame so the university trustees could get past this scandal as quickly as possible. The "assumptions/accusations" in the report are based on some pretty thin evidence. Even an average lawyer would be able to rip it to shreds. I'm amazed at the number of people buying into it like its the Lord's gospel truth. Do a little research on Freeh's history. He does not have a record of either competence or honesty.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      48 convictions = Penn State guilty of the coverup. even said so in their own e-mail. let him go till caught then deal with it. Freeh just reported what he found. but keep stickin up its your rep

      August 30, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • no coverup

      48 convictions but not for the one in 2001. Everyone keeps looking at this with 2012 glasses on nobody knew about the incidents and there is nothing in the Freeh report that says they did.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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