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. Robert Campbell

    Anybody at Penn ever heard of Watergate, Monica. Pete Seeger said it well "When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn" The cover up always seems to be worse than the incident. But there are hundreds at Penn who should not be penalized because of other transgressions. Move on!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Johnny Mystery

    Thank God that this was because of an assistant football coach instead of a physics professor. Can you imagine having past Penn State physics majors having to cough up their degrees because of their professor? That would really teach them!

    August 30, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Colon Bloe

    Here ya go.... Demand the hundreds of millions of dollars that former PSU players made during their NFL careers. Court order that all of their memorabilia that they own be returned immediately. Don't forget the bowl rings... go get them, too. Hunt down every fan who has ever purchased championship wearables too... we can't have those out in the public eye. The wins never happened. Burn the record books. Tear down the stadium. Bulldoze the downtown and order business owners to pay back 50% of their business receipts....

    When political correctness goes over a cliff.......

    August 30, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. NoTags

    This is a slap in the face to the players who physically played and won these games. Coaches advise, but have little to do with actually winning a game. The players are being penalized for actions beyond their control.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      He wasn't even a coach at the time of some of the molestation.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      Clearly you know nothing about football when you say something as amazingly ignorant as "... coaches have little to do with actually winning a game." I'd love to hear you say this to a room full of Superbowl champion coaches.

      Winner: "Most Ignorant Comment of the Day" award. Congrats, genius.

      August 30, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonline

      You don't get to separate the failure of the football program from everyone else in the program. Sandusky was in the program. It was the program that made his molestations possible. It was the program he used. In my opinion, the program should have had its wins voided and the program shut down for 14 years. I think they got off incredibly light.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. BrentR

    This has nothing to do with Paterno. This is punishment for everyone. Rediculous. What do any of these football players have to do with anything?

    August 30, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      they have a MAJOR role in the culture of the school, the culture that NEEDS to be utterly destroyed....

      August 30, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. ginae


    August 30, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Justsomethoughts

    How is punishing Penn State College helping anyone? Lets say for argument sake that the coach is guilty and the rest of them identified why destroy a college because of it? Those young men earned their trophies and what happened should not cause the NCAA to take them away. It just doesn't make sense. None of this is about justice its about the money. The trauma those yong boys went through you can't put a price tag on. No amount of money makes trauma go away. It is a sad commentary that the NCAA gave such harsh sentences just because they are afraid of lawsuits. Its a sad commentary that this the environment that causes the CYA behvaior. This has nothing to do with what is right but this has everything to do with CYA. I didn't go to college at Penn State I'm not even from the area but I will gladly stand with her against those who dare to use this trauma of these young men as a way to profit from the suffering of others. Should the guilty be punished definitely but becareful how you define the guilty as the same standard you judge by you will be judged.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      you disgust me....

      August 30, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. mmi16

    Denial of history 101

    August 30, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ronineko

    Banter banter banter. Some young men fought hard, played well, and earned trophies and respect. Ridiculous bureaucracy has decided they should have their trophies taken away due to some sad old men. The best we can offer is rekindled respect. They can't take that away.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. tcaros

    Penn State needs to get the retirement money back from the Paterno's. That money was gained in a deal under false pretense. He did not tell the truth about his involvement when his lawyers worked a sweetheart deal out.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Petros

    The players were victims too. The higher ups in the school are the ones who should lose their benefits from that time period for covering up the crime. The rest of the school was unaware and kept in the dark about the truth. So they are victims too and should not be punished. They played in good faith and should be allowed to keep the trophies.
    sandusky can rot in the hell he created for himself.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      players are just collateral damage not victims...

      August 30, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Medicated

    @Subnx comment 149: are you suggesting that the victims n survivors be blamed? Victim blaming is definitely a very wrong lense for viewing this tragedy or any other cases of children being abused s.e.xually, physically or emotionally by adults. Victim blaming is a pathological form of thinking itself.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. BOB

    I feel like I am back in grade school where the whole class has to stay in for recess because of what one bully did on the playground.......Show me the Logic for punishing an entire university and its sports program for what a few people were guilty of......You Can't........It is pure politics.......Those jealous of Not Winning are now getting back at the Big Dog for having been successful.....Go after the guilty.....Protect and try to help the victims......But fore God's sake.....Please Do Not Punish the Innocent !!!!!!!!!! It Makes No Sense. Don't try to tell me you are Just....when in fact you are being and continue to create an enormous amount of Injustice with mountains of unintended consequences. It is absolutely Insane what is taking place to Penn State and the record books etc. You will never convince me this make any sense at all because it Does Not.

    ps. I am not a Penn State alumni, not a fan, not a radical.....I am, however, a person of Common Sense and my Common Sense tells me the Good People (?) have got it wrong on this one.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Darkguardian1314

    They say there's no "I" in team but this is how "one" man can screw the whole thing up.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Academic All American

    Do they want the Academic All-American awards during that time period too? Or are they not part of the culture problem?

    August 30, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
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