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Penn State Fined $60 Million; Wins From 1998 On Vacated

Above: Penn State students and others react to the sanctions the NCAA announced against Penn State in the HUB on the campus of Penn State on July 23, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.

The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years’ probation. The NCAA also said that any current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the "death penalty" — shutting down the Nittany Lions’ program completely — the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus. An investigation commissioned by the school and released July 12 found that Paterno, who died in January, and several other top officials at Penn State stayed quiet for years about accusations against Sandusky.

Emmert fast-tracked penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money 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 Penn State.

"Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people," Emmert said.

Emmert had earlier said he had "never seen anything as egregious" as the horrific crimes of Sandusky and the cover-up by Paterno and others at the university, including former Penn State President Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley.

The investigation headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh said that Penn State officials kept what they knew from police and other authorities for years, enabling the abuse to go on.

There had been calls across the nation for Penn State to receive the "death penalty," and Emmert had not ruled out that possibility as late as last week — though Penn State did not fit the criteria for it. That punishment is for teams that commit a major violation while already being sanctioned.


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dls | July 24, 2012 at 9:38 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

I was surprised that KPBS didn't make any mention of while Penn State was penalized Joe Paterno's family gets to keep a sweet multi million dollar deal that was negogiated when this scandal was just beginning to break. It was reported by the NY Times.

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CaliforniaDefender | July 24, 2012 at 11:06 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

"Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people," Emmert said.



Just look at the decision by the NCAA to allow current and incoming Penn State football players to immediately transfer to another school.

If education is supposedly paramount, why would they need to transfer?

The NCAA would NEVER put education ahead of athletics. It is economically contrary to their mission.

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HarryStreet | July 25, 2012 at 2:04 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Here American justice at its best!

Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic Church official in the U.S. to be convicted for covering up sex abuses by priests under his supervision. He received yesterday a 3 to 6 year sentence. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said, "You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong." Monsignor Lynn was found guilty of shielding priests to avoid bad publicity and lawsuits.

Joe Paterno was the (forgive the expression) 'deity of football' at Penn State. Nothing went passed him in regard to the publicity, image, and reaction over anyone and anything when it came to football. Yet his family and admirers state Joe Paterno should not be judged by this versus his lifetime achievement.

Joe Paterno and the leaders of Penn State chose wrong over right. Why is it they are not doing jail-time? In Joe's case I can understand. He's passed away facing another sort of judgment. But what of his co-conspirators.

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