Penn State fined $60 million, gets 4-year postseason ban

Posted by Leonard Neslin  July 23, 2012 09:30 AM

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NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the "corrective and punitive" sanctions for the Penn State football program on Monday morning. They are as follows:

  1. Penn State will be fined $60 million, with the funds to be used to supply an endowment that serves the victims of child abuse and to prevent future occurrences.
  2. Penn State will be banned from bowl games or postseason play for four years.
  3. Football scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 for four years.
  4. All wins from 1998 to 2011 are vacated.
  5. Penn State will serve a five-year probationary period.
  6. The NCAA will initiate an investigation on individuals involved in this case.

Addressing the "death penalty," which would have halted Penn State football entirely, Emmert said it was not the appropriate sanction for this situation. The sanctions come in the wake of a child sex scandal and subsequent coverup that involved former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and several high-ranking officials in the athletic department, including late football coach Joe Paterno.

"We concluded that our sanctions needed to reflect our goals of cultural change," Emmert said. "The sanctions we have crafted are more focused and practical than that blanket penalty."

On Sunday, Penn State President Rodney Erickson ordered the removal of the Joe Paterno statue in front of Beaver Stadium. It was "a source of division and an obstacle to healing," Erickson said.


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