NCAA Hits Penn State With $60 Million Fine, Postseason Ban, Loss Of Scholarships And Wins
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2012
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 a hefty fine, a postseason ban, and loss of scholarships and previous wins.
“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 revenues. These funds will go to child sex abuse awareness programs.
- PSU vacates all wins from 1998-2011. The loss of 111 career wins drops Joe Paterno from atop the all-time wins list to 12th.
“For the next several years PSU can focus on rebuilding its athletic culture, not worrying about whether it’s going to a bowl game,” Emmert said as he explained the rationale for this set of sanctions.
Shortly after Emmert concluded his remarks, Penn State Dr. Rodney Erickson issued a statement, addressing the NCAA punishment.
The tragedy of child sexual abuse that occurred at our University altered the lives of innocent children. Today, as every day, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse.Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.
The NCAA ruling holds the University accountable for the failure of those in power to protect children and insists that all areas of the University community are held to the same high standards of honesty and integrity.
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.”
Although Penn State will be permitted to play football during the upcoming season and throughout the period of punishment, head coach Bill O’Brien and his staff face an uncertain future. O’Brien also issued a statement after the NCAA sanctions were revealed, reaffirming his dedication to Penn State.
Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.