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NCAA Announces Crippling Penn State Sanctions

The Penn State Football program did not receive the death penalty. It might have received something worse.

Minutes ago from Indianapolis, the NCAA handed down sanctions against Penn State for the child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and administrators. Below is a rundown of all of the penalties.

  • $60 million fine
  • 4 year postseason ban
  • Loss of 10 scholarships each year for four years
  • Wins vacated between 1998 and 2011 (111 wins for Joe Paterno, 112 total)
  • Athletes can transfer immediately without penalty
  • Five year probation period for the program
  • Right to pursue an investigation after any criminal proceedings
  • Penn State enters into “athletic integrity” agreement with NCAA and Big Ten

Ed Ray, the NCAA Executive Committee Chairman, began the press conference and criticized the university for its lack of transparency and openness before handing the podium over to NCAA Mark Emmert who began by saying “No matter what we do here today, there is no actions that can remove their [the victims’] pain and anguish.”

Emmert explained that while the death penalty was considered, too many innocent people would have been harmed if the football program was suspended and believes the sanctions chosen are more focused than the death penalty.

“Our goal is not to be just punitive but to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and a daily  mindset in which football will never again be placed ahead of protecting young people,” added Emmert.

Emmert spent a little over ten minutes handing down and discussing the penalties before taking questions from those in attendance at the press conference. ” For the next several years, Penn State can worry about rebuilding its athletic culture, not worrying about if its going to a bowl game.”

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Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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