Severe Penalties Imposed on PSU Football

Paterno loses all-time wins record; Nittany Lions banned from postseason for four years; school fined $60 million, to be put into a fund to help child abuse victims.


NCAA President Mark Emmert came down hard on Penn State’s football program today, handing down some of the most severe sanctions in college sports history.

While the Nittany Lions did not get the death penalty, The Sporting News reports that it may take decades for the college and its football program to recover.

The sanctions:

  • All wins from 1998 through 2011 vacated, including 111 of Joe Paterno’s 409 career victories, dropping him from first in all time victories to seventh.
  • A four-year postseason ban
  • A $60 million fine, the equivalent of one year of revenue for the Penn State football program
  • Forty scholarship losses – 10 a year for each of the next four years.
  • All players can transfer and immediately be eligible to play at their new schools.

Penn State has agreed not to appeal the sanctions, which were handed down less than two weeks after former FBI Director Louis Freeh submitted a 267-page report in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse last month.

The $60 million fine will be paid over the next five years into a special endowment created to fund programs for the detection, prevention and treatment of child abuse, said university President Rodney Erickson.

“This total of $60 million can never reduce the pain suffered by victims, but will help provide them hope and healing,” Erickson said.

Said the NCAA’s Emmert: “One of the grave dangers stemming from our love of sports is that the sports themselves become too big to fail, indeed, too big to even challenge.

"The result can be an erosion of academic values that are replaced by the value of hero worship and winning at all costs. All involved in intercollegiate athletics must be watchful that programs and individuals do not overwhelm the values of higher education. In the Penn State case, the results were perverse and unconscionable."

Bowden_Robinson_Forever_#1 July 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM
OOPS!!!... lest i forget.... Those cry-baby "why punish the students and fans for the actions of JUST THREE PEOPLE (they won't include Joe, of course, and count "FOUR"). These chumps need to be punished. When has the NCAA ever punished those truly at fault? When in the history of the NCAA did those individuals directly responsible for violations receive sanction? NEVER?!?! Punishment by NCAA is ALWAYS in arrears. Its always without harm to the those who committed the violation. The sanctimonious cries of "fair play" by the PSU cry babies needs to stop. Where were you for the OSU fans? For the USC fans? For the Miami, Memphis State, Baylor (years ago, when one b-ball player murdered another... YES! A criminal act by one occurring outside the program for which THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY WAS PUNISHED). Why weren't you standing up for "fans rights" then? You chumps.... Your punishment... getting your head whizzered into the ground by PSU wrestling coach and greatest NCAA ATHLETE OF ALL TIME, Cael Sanderson!! As you pick up your teeth and try to stop the birds chirping in your ears and stars from clouding your vision, maybe you will understand a simple rule. THE NCAA ALWAYS PUNISHES THE FANS AND THE INSTITUTION. People are beyond reproach. You stinking CHUMPS...
careless fills July 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It's curious that the time line attached to your article omits several key dates, like January 7, 2010, when the state AG's office issued supoenas to PSU, and instead implies that the AG was inert until the end of 2010 when the administrators were supoenaed for testimony. Do you have any evidence that children were molested during this period?
richard luce July 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The scandal was an atrocity. The PSU administrators should also be held accountable The NCAA hurt the innocent student athletes and fans. What about having the NCAA standup goals and putting academic achievement ahead achievement on n the field. How many professional athletes who were recruited. Into
richard luce July 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM
How many professional atheletes came into the NBA and NFL via way of the NCAA scholarship and were short changed a higher education? What a obvious flaw in the NCAA system.
Lynne Venters July 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Touche, Bowden. Your sattire puts thing in the right perspective...very well written...and also amusing. Thanks.


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