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.”

soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. Zack Ryder

    It's a shame Paterno didn't live so he could face the music for all the atrocities he fueled. He took the cowards way out.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stoney

    Let me tell you something Mark, If you had any class not sure where you would be. I agree with sound off. The people or should I say the older adults are paying for what they did. Let it go and move on. To strip them of trophies from the past is ignorant (NCAA). They proved their point. Hard working athletes made it happen, most of them not knowing what was going on. So.........punish them. I don't think so. So is the NCAA just a bunch of hot air thinking they are making a point? I DON'T AGREE!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. stupid people

    so this coming from someone that in that span either wish sandusky would have paid attention to him or penn state whipped his college teams butt every year

    August 30, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. schaeff

    This incident in the showers that McQueary saw... you know the one that he reported to Joe Paterno... did you realize that is the ONLY count that Sandusky was not convicted on? Out of 48 counts, the 3 he wasn't convicted on were "the shower incident". Yet that is the incident that everyone is crucifying Paterno for. So what will happen when the two administrators are not guilty of their charges? Will the NCAA apologize? Will the wins and trophies be returned?

    August 30, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. schaeff

    Paterno's perversion? You realize he wasn't the pedophile, right?

    August 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. SLC

    Yet another example of the complete BAFOONERY that is going on with this entire situation. So now the players, NOT SANDUSKY, the entire student body, NOT SANDUSKY, the entire staff, NOT SANDUSKY, and the entire Penn State community, NOT SANDUSKY, are being punished for something they didn't do. The absurdity continues.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Yeah. People love to slam the barn door after the horse gets out.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      All they had to do was keep telling the story right .You know keep covering it up and then no one would know .Sandusky did nothing wrong . Except for all the other pervits down there . Psu ought to pay for ever

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

      Lou: The STUDENTS? The vast majority of which knew nothing about what was going on? THEY'RE the worst ones in your mind?

      Are you seriously that messed up in the head?

      August 30, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Since Penn State is removing all evidence of Jo Pa's existence no doubt they will also return to his widow all the money he donated to the university.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Oh boo hoo hoo!! Go tell it to the victims buddy. All the players coaches etc still play, the whiners still drink the cool aid. Stop making out PSU to be the victim.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. 1984

    This is ridiculous to punish everyone for a few. The kids that played on those teams are innocent people being punished for something they had nothing to do with.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      If the students there are innocent, are Hitler's followers innocent?

      August 30, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      I agree with 1984. It's a shame to punish the ones that played in those games and studied hard for what THEY earned, not Sandusky or Paterno. Sure, punish Sandusky (too late for Paterno, although the embarassment and shame was enough for a dying man) but don't punish the players that knew nothing about what was going on. Also, the one that walked into the shower room and saw Sandusky raping that little boy should be in jail for not being a man (let alone a human being) and stopping that S.O.B. ! How does he sleep at night. Put him in prison also and let him get an idea of how it felt to that child to be forced into a painful and humiliating act.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • PSU 12 Grad

      @sage Seems that you may be jealous of the diploma that i and so many others have worked hard for that reads Pennsylvania State University on it. This diploma will get me interviews and jobs that would not be open to many other people with degrees from different colleges. It is still one of the best Universities in the WORLD, ranked among the best on a year to year basis. Jealousy is a stinky cologne.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stoney

    AMEN!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stoney

    I was saying AMEN to Observer not the perverted pennsylvania sage

    August 30, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. from the sidelines

    Since there seems to be charges that the local LEOs had checked on way back when... me thinks that the NCAA might / SHOULD have know that something was admiss... shouldn't they be held accountable too. Shame that they are dumbing on the students & athletes and not the admins... including themselves. Where were they?

    August 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. emmertdusky

    And you're just jealous.

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

    You know, this nation is sorely in need of engineers and scientists. The fact that there are so many people on here suggesting that PSU be shut down (a prodigous producer of engineers) is truly ironic. Tell you what, how about if ALL of my fellowing PSU engineering alums (hint – we account for 1 in 50 engineers in this country) stop showing up for work and stop all work on whatever engineering project we're involved in. Then all you people that enjoy the fruits of PSU engineering (power companies, food production, smart glass production) can sit around and be happy that you purged the world of those terrible engineers (some of which even, GASP, played on the football team) from State College. Ok? How does that sound?

    August 30, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      No Lou because YOUR FRUITS are rotted to the core.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      I especially enjoy the irony of reading the rants of morons using a technological platform they don't understand that was created, in part, by the target of their rants. Awesome.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      Matt LOL!! that was a good one. Great come back

      August 30, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      No Dave you are wrong I am for what Matt said.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      I think Dave and Big Jim should be punished for benefitting from the culture of American Slavery and Jim Crow.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. alan

    The NCAA has come down pretty hard on Penn State. Are they trying to make Penn State an example, a scapegoat, something like that? I've always thought that there was a lot going on behind the scenes in this scandal that no-one, least of all CNN, knows about.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lou

    What is so cool is they lost their orange trophy : ) I bet those crybabies are really cruing now : )

    August 30, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. ablro

    THIS MAKES NO SENSE! Does the NCAA allege that the wrong-doings unfairly affected the outcome of the games???? Is there some reason to beilieve that these deeds affect the lesson deliveries, to justify their attempts to rescind the schools' sccreditation??? It gives the appearance of vindictive punishment to continue to heap these non-relevant penalties on the rest of the university, AND ALL OF THE STUDENTS,because of what the coaching staff did. PUNISH THE GUILTY, NOT THE INNOCENT!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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