NCAA hands Penn State $60 million fine & 4 year postseason ban

The NCAA has spoken, and while it did not give Penn State’s football program the Death Penalty, it may as well have: with the penalties handed down today, the Nittany Lions will not be able to field a Top 25 team for years.

  • $60 Million fine
  • Four year post-season ban
  • Scholarship reduction from 25 to 15 for four years.
  • Wins vacated from 1998-2011
  • Five years probation

Additionally, current players will be able to transfer to other schools and have immediate eligibility.

According to NCAA president Mark Emmert, the fine represents about one year of revenue from the football program, and that the proceeds paid to the NCAA will go to children’s causes.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot News said that Penn State will not appeal the penalty:

Whatever sanctions are handed down against Penn State this morning by NCAA President Mark Emmert and his executive committee, I have been assured they will not be appealed or substantively challenged.

That tells me one thing: A deal has been cut between the NCAA and Penn State University. And Penn State was in possibly the worst bargaining position in the history of NCAA infractions.

According to ESPN, Joe Paterno’s coaching record will reflect the vacated wins — and thus reducing his overall win record, which was formerly ranked number one all-time.  Paterno will drop to #12 all time, with 298 wins, down from 409.




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42 Responses to NCAA hands Penn State $60 million fine & 4 year postseason ban

  1. OAB 07/23/2012 at 9:19 AM #

    Correction — they vacated wins from 1998, not 2008. That is huge.

  2. Alpha Wolf 07/23/2012 at 9:24 AM #

    Thanks OAB. My bad… I corrected the article.

  3. vtpackfan 07/23/2012 at 9:29 AM #

    Scorched earth in Happy Valley. Wait till civil lawsuits start getting tallied to go with the 60 million. Walmart uniforms and bus greyhound trips to away games forthcoming.

    NCAA did right by Four year ban so no one cam say they are punishing the players-all are on the phone as we speak with their prospective new coaches. They have an OLB that will be a true frosh, Wartman, they we were in good with had his mother not wanted him at PSU so bad. With our LB corps so up in the air he could come into fall ball and give it a run to make the two deep with Tenuta as a position coach. That sure sounds like jumping ship and landing on your feet to me.

  4. Wulfpack 07/23/2012 at 9:32 AM #

    I applaud the NCAA today. They got this right.

  5. JSRy2k 07/23/2012 at 9:43 AM #

    “The NCAA ordered Penn State to pay the penalty funds into an endowment for ‘external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university.'”

    I love it because this is not only a penalty levied against PSU but also a contribution to those who can assist the victims.

  6. vtpackfan 07/23/2012 at 9:44 AM #

    Funny how NCAA gets it right when a third party handles the investigating. See UNC for alternate version.

  7. tjfoose1 07/23/2012 at 9:52 AM #

    I want to see justice done, I want the guilty punish. So help me understand how this accomplishes that. As I posted in the forum:

    “So then, by this logic, if a popular History Prof from a family that has donated 100’s of million$ to the university conspires with university leadership to protect an assistant prof accused of child abuse, then the entire history department should be made to pay?

    Wrongs were done. Evil was allowed to continue. Punish the guilty. I see this as pitchfork “justice”. Somebody, or something, must be punished. The football program is a convenient proportional outlet for the rage.”

  8. WolfmanDave 07/23/2012 at 10:15 AM #

    If the head of the History department was made aware of it and used his stature at the university to protect the assistant professor, allow the assitant professor to not only escape prosecution, but to continue to privately “tutor” disadvantaged kids using history department facilities and repeatedly turn a blind eye toward what was happening, then yeah, the whole department should be punished. History majors should be allowed to transfer without penalty to other universities and the department should have to operate on a probationary period until it was clear that the culture that allowed it to happen was weeded out.

  9. wilmwolf80 07/23/2012 at 10:17 AM #

    Heinous situation and reprehensible behaviors aside, I don’t see how vacating wins and bowl bans do anything to right the wrongs here. The fine will help, assuming the money actually makes it to its destination. Vacating wins is a hollow punishment, as we have seen with our powder blue enemy. I guess I just don’t understand how sometimes the NCAA paints with a roller and sometimes it paints with an ultra fine brush.

  10. ncsu1987 07/23/2012 at 10:22 AM #

    Big Ten has added additional penalty: no bowl revenue for 4 years (est $13million). Wow.

    EDIT: All proceeds to be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to the protection of children.

  11. phcqmfd 07/23/2012 at 10:27 AM #

    The 15 scholarship a year with 65 limit crushes the program for better than 6 years. I was hoping for 60 mil a year for the 14 years. Crush the program Joe pa built. You got to wonder if he had that kind of power over the police and university president to protect a pedophile, no wonder he kids almost always when to class and never ever got into trouble. I seem to remember another program who does it the right way, only tl be found out that ” everybody does it”

  12. JSRy2k 07/23/2012 at 10:27 AM #

    foose, I see your point and think justice will be served in criminal court, at least to Sandusky (sentence pending). What I wonder is if – like the punishment of the getaway driver in a bank robbery – the university administrators that allowed the crimes to continue can be prosecuted and convicted as well.

    In addition to criminal prosecution, the football program was the stage on which this evil was committed and allowed to continue. The key phrase here is “allowed to continue”. If the university administration had dealt with Sandusky when first faced with the issue, we would have had an open-shut, one man criminal case that ended years ago. Instead, there was a systemic failure at Penn State. Surely a component of justice is dealing with this greater problem.

  13. Wulfpack 07/23/2012 at 10:37 AM #

    “What I wonder is if – like the punishment of the getaway driver in a bank robbery – the university administrators that allowed the crimes to continue can be prosecuted and convicted as well.”

    Yes, they can. You cannot turn a blind eye to this type of thing, especially if you are in a position of authority. They will be dealt with by the criminal process, too.

  14. 61Packer 07/23/2012 at 10:38 AM #

    Agree with it except for vacating the wins. That’s like keeping Pete Rose out of the MLB HOF; it was earned on the field without illegal assistance of any kind. I’d hate to be not only a PSU supporter but a Pa. taxpayer as well; just where is this $60 million going to come from?

    The Big Ten must surely regret adding the Nittany Lions to their conference. Thanks to John Swofford and the money-hungry ACC administrators, we’ve got our own problems with the Miami Hurricanes, the gift that keeps on giving. And their counterpart, the Tar Heels, will fly a little easier under the radar with all the attention aimed in the other direction.

    Don’t wish the Penn State mess on anyone, but wouldn’t it be fitting if it were ACC-bound Pittsburgh or Syracuse instead?

  15. Wulfpack 07/23/2012 at 10:38 AM #

    “I guess I just don’t understand how sometimes the NCAA paints with a roller and sometimes it paints with an ultra fine brush.”

    There has never been a case like this – this was a very unique matter. Don’t try to reconcile it. Nothing like SMU, or USC, or whatever else. This type of behavior cannot and will not be tolerated – the NCAA made that very clear today.

  16. drspaceman 07/23/2012 at 11:05 AM #

    “Heinous situation and reprehensible behaviors aside, I don’t see how vacating wins and bowl bans do anything to right the wrongs here. ”

    I don’t think there’s anything that can right the sorts of wrongs done in the past in this sort of case. There’s certainly not much the NCAA can do in that regard. What they can hope to do is to prevent the systemic failure of an athletic department to prevent child abuse (or other crimes) in the future. Now when an AD or a coach is weighing the option of turning in a criminal within their ranks or risk it so as not to sacrifice an atheltic program, they will hopefully choose to turn in the criminal for fear of ruining their athletic program even if they don’t turn them in for moral reasons.

  17. Daily Update 07/23/2012 at 11:08 AM #

    Exactly Wolfman Dave. All history students and other history staff should be allowed to continue studying at PSU or transfer elsewhere.

    I really don’t get why people make the argument that the football program shouldn’t be punished.

    This was a case where the most powerful person on campus was the football coach and he used that power to cover heinous crimes that allowed for more victims.

    A football coach cannot have that much power. Therefore the entire university will pay because university leadership allowed this to happen. The checks and balances that were supposed to be in place to prevent a “win at all costs/risks” mentality were non-existant and/or failed.

    So PSU must pay for the choices that were made.

    I also don’t get the people who say this is a dangerous precedent and that the NCAA can have too much power. The NCAA has very little power because they aren’t big enough to police college athletics to the level it should be policed.

    Or if you don’t want this to happen to your university, then don’t allow something like this to happen at your school.

    Quite simple.

  18. Ed89 07/23/2012 at 11:09 AM #

    ^^^just where is this $60 million going to come from?

    Their 1.8 Billion Dollar Endowment??

  19. YogiNC 07/23/2012 at 11:23 AM #

    Just like in the case of UN*, someone knew something, and in this case lots of someone’s knew, including some police dept people. The frying pan for this one should be huge, and the grease is just starting to warm up. Lots more will fall.

  20. Alpha Wolf 07/23/2012 at 11:35 AM #

    “just where is this $60 million going to come from?”

    I would imagine that their overall athletic budget just got shot to hell.

    As to vacating wins, it is a direct punishment to Paterno’s legacy and dates back to when the email evidence shows he and the university administrators put their football program ahead of the kids’ interests.

  21. Tampa-Pack 07/23/2012 at 12:17 PM #

    Agreed – the vacation of the wins is a direct shot to the coaches of the world. If your morals wouldn’t make you do the right thing and we find out, we’re going to take it away. Hopefully it will make the next person think twice.

    Locally, at UNC they just use the *, basically the same thing [\sarcasm].

  22. Pack Mentality 07/23/2012 at 1:24 PM #

    All those that benefitted from this sick and perverse behavior by the entire coaching staff and administrators must be punished. The fans benefitted from this perverse and disgusting behavior that goes against human decency at all levels. Even though the fans would not condone this had they known and nobody ever would make that claim, they still benefitted from this. They had a good football team, they had a coach that was very clean and ethical, and they had the ability to brag about being an extremely good team that does things the right way as they looked down their noses at the Ohio State fans, etc.

    They must be punished by having a team that sucks. They and their high and mighty mindset that they are a higher caliber school than everybody else now realize that this type of attitude and having to cover up and lie to keep up the facade are nothing but a sham.

  23. 61Packer 07/23/2012 at 1:39 PM #

    Does anyone know if there’s a total tv ban for those 4 or 5 years? That could be one of the worst parts of this, and I’ve heard little said about it so far. If so, it’ll certainly punish the teams in Penn State’s Leaders Division twice as much as it’ll punish the Legends Divisions teams, who face PSU only twice every 4 seasons rather than every season.

  24. JSRy2k 07/23/2012 at 2:04 PM #

    I need to change my own record book to reflect personally witnessing a win – I mean loss – to Ohio State in PSU’s last BCS Bowl season, the year Paterno beat – ahem, lost to – Bowden in the Orange Bowl.

  25. choppack1 07/23/2012 at 2:54 PM #

    The ncaa is a strange and ethically challenged institution. I don’t really have a problem with a 4 year bowl ban and a 60 million dollar fine. However, this wasn’t a case where Penn state was cheating to gain an advantage on the field. The big problem with college sports isn’t that pedophiles have access to locker rooms…it took no courage or vision to punish Penn state like they did.

    Finally, why is graham spanier not given a show cause?

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