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. Skip Galt

    So, even if you buy into the "evil football culture" thing, why 1998? By all accounts everyone at Penn State did the right thing at that time. The Sandusky case was dropped by the DA. The Penn State leadership problems started in 2001.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. ExPAVIC


    They should send the trophies back in pieces and in bags with clear instructions how and where to stick those pieces.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. noboat1

    Do they have someone on the payroll decideing what the next punishment is going to be? I know why don't they dig up Paterno and drive a stake through his heart. IT"S OVER, MOVE ON!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE RESPONSIBLE HAS BEEN PUNISHED!!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • awasis

      is it over for those that were abused? will it ever be over for these victims? why don't you consider them before you open your pie hole.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • WhatUp1012

      I agree. Quit punishing the innocent who went to Penn St and are now at Penn St. Punish the guilty parties themselves. This is ridiculous and way overboard. The players past and present had nothing to do with this.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I agree. Now we are kicking a dead horse. Let calm down and carry on. Yes, never forget what happened, but continue in life. Make changes to life and policies as needed. But leave this alone, already.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. I dont' agree

    I completely disagree with this move on the NCAA. Those trophies have nothing to do with the coaches. The coaches were there to help and train. It was the players who won those trophies. It is not fair to punish them for bad decisions other INDIVIDUALS made. This is punishing the team and their players, NOT the people involved in this mess. Joe Paterno is dead, Sandusky is in jail, and the the president of the college resigned. Not sure what else you want from them. You punished the inviduals involved, let the team heal and move on.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Topfuel500

      It is called a team for a reason, people think when they say team they are talking only about the players. The coaches and support staff are all a part of the team,but especially the coaches, so when they screw up so does the rest of the TEAM.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      If it stopped there, what would there be to stop if from happening again? You left the culture that is actually at fault in place...

      August 30, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cliff J

    Booooooo Penn State. Booooooo. Their pedo supporting students should bow their heads in shame as they walk the halls where crimes are supported.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      Give me one iota of proof that any student (or faculty member) knew anything about the Sandusky case before the news broke last year. Its not there. Students are not going to throw away two or three years of hard work to make a statement when they are near degrees. As with all universities, thousands of students go through school without attending athletic events. If students went there for an education, let them be. I assure you, you cannot keep thousands of students quiet. If they knew, they would have protested at the time.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      Hey Cliff only if you knew what happens at other colleges!

      August 30, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Whome

    I'm very happy to see that we have so many saints condemning PSU, it renews my faith in mankind to know that there are so many people who have never done anything wrong in their lives. I second the motion to dig up Joe and drive a stake through his heart that way it will be all better. Just goes to show that there are fools and then there are damn fools.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      PSU student=fools, Paterno=damned fool

      August 30, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Topfuel500

      So are you going to go to the rescue of another pedophile to stop people from destroying their personal property or finding out who their family is so they can harass them or to their jobs to protest, of course not your only going to defend your football god. Get real own up to what is happening to the establishment that allowed this to continue for decades.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. unowhoitsme

    Now this is going way overboard...Sandusky is being punished. Don't punish the innocent players that won those trophies...this is stupidity and unjust. The person who's making all these decision belongs in our corrupt government and "punish" certainly don't belong with kids.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • 123OPE

      That is a valid argument, Mark. If you are driving a car and your buddy jumps out and robs someone, you are also considered a criminal in the eyes of the law. The Penn Staters were there AND supported the criminals. Still do, in fact. The Penn Staters are a guilty as Sandusky himself.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Everybody Who Doesn't live in LA-LA LAND

    Penn State needs to return all trophies, monies and the innocence of the children that was taken away from them by Penn State Sponsored actions. Every dollar given to Penn State is another dollar given in ignorance to the atrocities that they purposefully allowed on their own campus. Harboring, protecting and then covering for a known pedophile for over a decade has stripped Penn State of any possible defense they think they have.

    You are, and will forever be a disgrace.

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

      La La Land go back to your La La Land. You have no self respect. What you are saying is every every every Penn Stater should go away because they knew it. Well guess what I didn't.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DAVE

      So because I went to school got a degree and knew nothing about any of this while I went to PSU I am now a pedo in your eyes. LOL grow up. I would say when your school comes under scandal you will be first nailed to cross but you obviously didn't go to college.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. jobe in nj

    The next step apparently will be to find all the Penn State players that turned pro and have them fired and then remove any wins from those teams as well and fine those players for having anything to do with Penn State. I am sure that all the players did not know what was going on, they won the games, in a sense who cares who was coaching. They earned money for the school who used part of that money to continue upgrading their scholastic programs, helped people get degrees, etc. Heck, lets just take everything from the school and shut it down, that is the direction it is headed.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • 123OPE

      i agree. They should at least take the personal trophies away from the athletes. And maybe back charge them for their scholarships. They and the students are as guilty as Sandusky.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Barbara J Angstadt

    This is ridiculous. A lot of people are being punished for the failures of a few. We are trying to rewrite history. Read 1984 people, we are there and beyond. Penn State football teams and Penn State students won those trophies and the terrible things Jerry Sandusky did and others may have covered up does not eliminate those victories. This is going way too far you can't change history.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Everybody Who Doesn't live in LA-LA LAND

      You are right, we can't change the past. HOWEVER, we can change the future. And destroying a university that purposefully ignored the constant raping of children for over a decade because of money seems like a good place to start.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You are failing to understand that those students were able to win those games and trophies BECAUSE Paterno protected Sandusky in order to protect his football program....

      August 30, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      Rob do you think the players and parents knew?

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

      rob and lala sandusky was not a coach during the vacated wins try reading for once. Syracuse basketball had same scandal at same time as PSU have not seen anything posted about that. Just keep being ignorant to yourselvs and those around you, eventually you will get what you deserve.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Black

    This is stupid. I guess all that hard work by all those players that didn't have anything to do with touching little boys was for nothing. There's no reason at all they should have to give up trophies they earned just because of the indiscretions of a couple of coaches. Punish the people involved, not the students.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Max

    Jesu Christi! Enough is enough. Those trophies belong more to the players than anyone else. And I believe in the bottom of my heart that NOT ONE of the players colluded, encouraged or lied about Sandusky and his perverted acts.


    August 30, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Those trophies have never been in the players' possession, never sat on their mantle at home....they are Penn state trophies and penn state deserves to lose them.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. rupert

    Isn't Louis Freeh the same guy that screwed up while working at the FBI? Didn't Janet Reno fire him for messing up the Okalahoma bombing, Ruby Ridge, and Waco? Isn't he the same guy who is involved with the IMF Global scandal? I can't help but wonder why the current PSU administration hired him? Could it be that the current PSU leadership is part of Big Pharm and so is Louis Freeh? Who actually Vetted Freeh to make sure he didn't have any conflicts of interest? As far as I'm concerned... its like hiring you own home inspector prior to selling your house.. their is definitely a conflict of interest. I think the their should be a third party investigation of the whole situation before this whole thing gets out of hand. I'm totally for punishing people.. but the correct people need to be punished.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Wow...ALL of your "facts" are wrong...go figure that another PSU apologist would distort reality in an attempt to protect the football program...hmm...things haven't changed, sanctions need to get more harsh....

      August 30, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon


      There is no conflict. Outside of these cow-towns, most people's lives are not consumed with college football rivalries. Have you considered the possiblity that Freeh has the abilty to be objective? Have you considered the fact that as a Federal Judge, Freeh objectively ruled on issues with far more important implications that this? It's a football team. get over it. Everytime someone decries these sanctions as excessive, they confirm that they weren't enough.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    I am sure there were some good people that got forced into being a nazi we give them a pass? NO!

    August 30, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Namcy's Mom


      August 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

    Look at all these trolls trying to tear down a wonderful center of learning just because their pathetic little university in Podunkville probably got steamrolled by Penn State. Look at their anger as they lash out at ghosts and bygones that have already been taken care of. Get over yourselves. Penn State will live on in GREATNESS! Penn State will forever be better than anything you could even imagine! WE ARE PENN STATE! And you are a jealous troll.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Whatever


      August 30, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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