NCAA Hits Penn State With $60 Million Fine, Postseason Ban, Loss Of Scholarships And Wins
One day after the statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside of Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced
sanctions resulting from the football program's role in the sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky. On Sunday, the NCAA
announced its intention to implement "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State.
On Monday, Emmert presided over a press conference in Indianapolis and revealed sanctions, including fines, postseason ban, and loss of scholarships.
"Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people," Emmert said during a press conference that lasted
approximately 45 minutes.
Penn State Punishments:
•$60 million fine, representing approximately one year of football profits.
•4-year bowl game ban.
•Scholarship reduction, cap lasting four years.
•Any entering, returning football student athlete can transfer immediately. Presuming academic requirements are met, these potential transfers can
•PSU vacates all wins from 1998-2011.
•PSU begins a five-year probationary period, with the NCAA reserving the right to implement further punishments.
The announcement of these punishments comes less than two weeks after former FBI director Louis Freeh released his 267-page scathing report indicating
that Joe Paterno and three top Penn State officials "repeatedly concealed critical facts" about the child-sex abuse committed by Sandusky.
Although Emmert previously indicated that the NCAA's "Death Penalty" was on the table in this case, Penn State football will not be suspended.
Speaking about the NCAA's decision not to impose the Death Penalty, as it did to SMU during the 1980s, Emmert said that the "suspension of the
football program would bring significant unintended harm."
edit on 23-7-2012 by Vitruvian because: edit