Penn State gets $60 million fine; Paterno wins vacated




Workers remove the statue of Joe Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium Sunday. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle)

Workers remove the statue of Joe Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium Sunday. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle)

The NCAA on Monday imposed severe sanctions against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal but stopped short of imposing the “death penalty.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the penalties would include a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, a reduction in football scholarships from 25 to 15 for four years and the vacating of all victories from 1998 to 2011. Football scholarships will be capped at 65, 20 fewer than the normal 85.

Emmert also said that any Penn State athlete who wants to transfer to another school can do so and be eligible to play immediately.

Emmert, speaking at a news conference at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, said the $60 million fine equals one year’s revenues for the Penn State football program.

“These funds must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university,” the NCAA said in statement.

Emmert said the penalties are in response to “an athletic structure that went horribly awry” but acknowledged that no penalty could undo “the tragic damage that has been done to the victims and their families.”

Penn State officials said they would not challenge the penalties.

“Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA,” Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement. “With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.”

The NCAA’s action comes less than two weeks after a report from former FBI director Louis Freeh found the late Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials covered up years of sexual abuse of young boys by Sandusky, the Nitanny Lions’ former defensive coordinator.

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Taylor Wooten

July 23rd, 2012
8:09 am

If they dont get the death penalty for this….then the NCAA is hypocrisy personified.

CrαZy

July 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

If they dont get the death penalty for this….then the NCAA is hypocrisy personified.

When this first happened I was someone that thought the Death Penalty should happen… But by giving them the DP they wouldn’t be punishing the men that caused and created the problem you’d be punishing the men trying to repair the problem along with all the businesses that depend on the football team to draw in people to the area!!

C. Moakler

July 23rd, 2012
8:37 am

Big chance for the NCAA to cash in big. This is all on the backs of the victims. These criminal acts by Penn State need to be taken care of criminally and civilly, not administratively by the NCAA. The NCAA needs to tighten up its own house and stick to what it knows. Finally the authorities are on this and the focus needs to stay with the criminal courts.

JeromeMJ

July 23rd, 2012
8:45 am

The reason a death penalty is given is that the businesses, students, and college personnel were all complicit in turning their heads to this horrendous crime. Whenever something like this comes to light it must be recognized that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The coverup would never have happened if many other smaller things had also been covered for. Penn state and other Ivy League universities have an attitude that promotes the ’special’ nature of their society and the ’special’ rules that apply.

We see this carried over into the graduates who feel entitled to ’special’ compensation because they are ‘better’ than others. The only issue is that the NCAA commitee is mad up of the same ilk as the Penn staters who looked the other way for the good of the university.

A. Swanson

July 23rd, 2012
8:58 am

Penn St. is a big ten school not an ivy league school so how do they think they are better than everyone? I agree the penalties need to be harsh but at least make sense when you post something

Blue

July 23rd, 2012
9:22 am

Taylor; Several years ago, I heard the head guy from the NCAA say that they were NEVER going to use the ‘death penalty’ again.

anabb

July 23rd, 2012
9:23 am

Guess big sports rules again–they should have had the door closed on the Football program–
the investigation showed all in the chain covered the acts up for the sake of football.
help the palyers find another school. Tear down those buildings where these acts were committed.

dagadawgs

July 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

vacating of all victories from 1998 to 2011.

Guess Bobby Bowden is #1 in wins now

carrie b

July 23rd, 2012
9:25 am

now we know that money cannot buy you everything maybe for a while but you will pay for it in the end

NCAA money grab

July 23rd, 2012
9:25 am

60M is nothing to this program. The only winner in this is Bobby Bowden. The NCAA sacrificed the victims who came forward and probably scores who didn’t. The NCAA is about the money and this proves it. They deserve no respect and should run for Congress. Shame on all of them. The death penalty would be too light.

We are Penn State….riiiiight.

steverino

July 23rd, 2012
9:26 am

I’ve got most of those games on VHS or DVD. Does this mean I have to erase or burn them? I ‘guess I’d better find out. Don’t wanna run afoul of the NCAA.

gabby

July 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

Gee.. I wonder who gets the 60 Million??

Nativebird

July 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

1 years pay and 4years of no bowl and 10 less scholarships? Are you friggin kidding me? A outrage!!!! Intitutionalized child rape…and the punishment is no bowls? THIS is what’s wrong with our society. This (lack of proportional) punishment abjectly shows that the NCAA itself is an enabler of putting sports ahead of raping children!
An abject outrage…..they all should be ashamed of themselves.

steverino

July 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

Bowden is #1 in wins about the same way that Barry Bonds is #1 in HR’s.

PMC

July 23rd, 2012
9:30 am

This penalty is the death penalty. They lost a season of revenue, 4 years of post season play and the ability to field a competitive team

Penn State Football is dead. The town of state college is dead.

and for the most part, anything that was great about college football in general in the NCAA is dead at this point.

Strike up the band and play taps. “Amateurism” is already dead.

Baltisraul

July 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

PSU football is now reduced to a nothing program for the next decade. This is very severe punishment, indeed. It will be interesting to see how many current players, incoming freshmen and 2013 commits decided to go elsewhere. Joe Pa is no longer the winningest football coach, Bobby is now the new king. All of this is very disgusting and PSU deserved every punishment it received. The trama for the victims will last longer than a decade.

Cutty

July 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Try Eddie Robinson as the G.O.A.T.!

Mayo

July 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

A. Swanson is right: Penn State (as in, “state”) is not an Ivy League school: they just act like it. On second thought, they don’t even act like it. Doubtful this monstrosity would ever occur at Harvard, Yale, Brown, etc.
Surely from the perspective of the victims, this is a small price to pay for lives forever scared by the monster who operated under the guise of the vapid “honor” that was preached for so long from Happy Valley. What a load of horse-chips.

beachdog

July 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

Eddie Robinson would be #1 in wins…he played tougher teams than Bowden did in the ACC.

mike

July 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

“But by giving them the DP they wouldn’t be punishing the men that caused and created the problem you’d be punishing the men trying to repair the problem”

Of course you make this statement about any NCAA school that had been sanctioned for illegal recruiting – including SMU. The new guys are the ones who have the burden of the sanctions.

There was complete lack of institutional control when it came to the child rapes. The highest echelons of Penn State were aware of the rapes. The President to Paterno gave Sandusky the currency for the child rapes. It gave Penn State a huge recruiting advantage to not disclose that a monster continued to have open access to all of the facilities and coaches.

I don’t see how the NCAA ever hands out a death penalty again – after the worst scandal in all of the history of sports. I mean seriously, are they really going to give out a worse penalty because a recruit was paid a $1,000?

Baltisraul

July 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

gabby….the 60 mil goes into an endowment to help abused children.

Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

NCAA just wants the 60 million. They should have took away football period and make every employee at Penn State take child abuse courses for a year.

Aquagirl

July 23rd, 2012
9:33 am

If kids are getting money your program gets the death penalty. If kids are getting raped your program gets a lesser punishment.

Thanks for clearing that up, NCAA.

whatsteve?

July 23rd, 2012
9:33 am

No! You’re wrong on that one.

Herb Ratliff

July 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

College athletics have long since lost their value in rounding out the wholeness of a physically, mentally and spiritually nurtured student. It has become a distended tumor on the face of a once beautiful idea. It is disheartening and detrimental to students, university and the public at large to continue on this downward spiral driven by money and ego. If this is a place of learning why is it so difficult to apply what we have learned? It is time make athletics a part of an education again not the demise of it.

NRC012

July 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

First, Bobby Bowden is now #1 in DI wins, but Eddie Robinson is #1 all time. That’s who Paterno had passed in 2011.

And second, if you paid attention to the news conference, you’d see that the NCAA is not taking the $60 million itself. The money is being used to set up a fund to support programs that advocate for victims in situations like those at Penn State. I’m not sure how people can criticize something like that to support the victims’ rights and call for the death penalty instead.

Paddy

July 23rd, 2012
9:35 am

Let us never forget the abused, ever.

sdbdsfbdb@sfgsadgsad.com

July 23rd, 2012
9:35 am

hahaha, the guys who come up with this penalty stuff in the NCAA are so stupid. They act like Democrats.

Al Bundy

July 23rd, 2012
9:35 am

This has the effect of a 20-year penalty. 13 years of wins vacated. 5 yrs probation. It will take Penn St at least 8 years to get over this.

Old Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

This is a very severe penalty and it will make PSU struggle for many years to come.

I still think the death penalty was the right decision. Can’t wait to hear how opponent fans treat PSU when it takes the field!

Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

So SMU did worse with paying players than Penn State did with ignoring child abuse by a coach? NCAA is weak.

Al Bundy

July 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

And let the player poaching begin…

@anabb

July 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

What they did was punish the school without having too much collateral damage to those who are innocent.

We’re two weeks away from most schools summer preseason camps. Where exactly would you suggest these kids go? What about the Jr’s and Sr’s? Most schools won’t grant you a degree unless you attend their institution for at least two years. Not to mention they’d have to find a school that has their major AND would give them an opportunity to play.

I actually think for once the NCAA got it right. They punished the school and hit them where it hurts – the wallet, they’ve made it difficult for them to compete, and with the bowl ban reduced their ability to generate revenue, and at the same time they protected the interest of the current players who signed their letter of intents in good faith.
I know a lot of people will say they should have faced stiffer penalties, but in handing out punishment, you have to be fair to those who are innocent. Handing out the death penalty a month before the season starts would have only punished the players who btw were in grade school when most of this crap with Sandusky took place.

I’m glad for once the NCAA took the players into consideration in making their decision.

Steve

July 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

Good luck collecting the money, NCAA. You are not a government entity; Penn State will probably just say F.U. and go without a football program for an indefinite period. Who would want to play for them now anyway?

clyde

July 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

The program was horrendously awry and so is this verdict by the NCAA. A minimum of 5 years with no football program at all.Who cares if the victories are vacated.Big deal.The mindset of the people in the footballprogram needs to be destroyed.

Hawk

July 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

What a Joke.

cantondawg

July 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

Taylor,

The reason that Penn State did not get the death penalty is because it is reserved for repeat offenders. This is the first time Penn State has been in trouble.

Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

Vacated wins are irrelevant unless you won a National Title which Penn State never even came close over the last 20 years. You could take away every win from every team in the NCAA and it really wouldnt matter. The past is gone.

Join Reality

July 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

I want to know what NCAA rule was broken that led to the heavy sanctions? Surely there is a bylaw or add-on or endorsement in the NCAA rules and regulations. I’m sure glad they made the school vacate all those wins ’cause it’ll help me forget that this ever happened. Like taking a big, fat eraser to the whole shibang!
Now we can finally move past the “Penn State Sex Scandal” and move on to some real child killers – like how auto accidents/text messaging kills more kids under the age of 19 then any other device (guns, suicide, other people, etc.). You sit in judgment of Penn State for failing to protect your kids but at the time through a simple signature you allow your children to endanger their lives every single day – mostly because you’re sick of taking them places.

@ Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

The difference in the SMU case and the Penn St case is the players were involved and had their hand out. They had a part in the corruption by taking money.

In the PennSt. case, the current players are TOTALLY innocent of any wrong doing. You can’t punish the innocent.

Paddy

July 23rd, 2012
9:42 am

Ted Roof just can’t catch a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paddy

July 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

Join Reality…….the first paragraph of the NCAA constitution gives them the right to do what they did to PSU.

Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

The assistant coach that witnessed Sandusky raping a boy is most at fault. He should have called police immediately.

Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

The coaching staff is as much a part of the team as the players are. Makes no difference if its a player or a coach either are representing the university.

football4life

July 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

MR. Eddie Robinson should be No. 1 with Victories! He did more with LESS! Also he was a TRUE coach he help BUILD young boys into MEN!!!!!

Morris Wilburn

July 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

These NCAA sanctions will not impact the individuals who did wrong.

NCAAhasNoBalls

July 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

Total BS. The football program is a victim! NCAA has thrown them under the bus to protect itself. The program was the venue in which the crime occurred, if ‘cover up’ happened – where are the criminal charges for JoePa or administrators. Football had as much to do w/ assaults as AMC theatres had to do with the Colorado shootings! Man, I’m pissed off.

Slimmer Shady

July 23rd, 2012
9:48 am

Also the players can go to any team freely so they arent losing chance to play football at all.