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Penn State Punished

$60 MILLION Fine

and 4-Year Bowl Ban

7/23/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

11:00 AM PT -- Joe Paterno
's family just responded to the NCAA sanctions, claiming they "defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best."
The family adds, "Punishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky's crimes does not serve justice. This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public's understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did."

6:26 AM PT --
Well, that didn't take long -- a PSU football recruit has ALREADY decommitted to the school.

Ross Douglas -- a cornerback from Ohio -- will no longer attend PSU in the Fall. No word on where he will play.

Penn State University
was just hit with a $60 million sanction by the NCAA for its role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal.

And it gets worse -- or better -- depending for whom you're rooting.

NCAA President Mark Emmert just announced ... PSU will be BANNED from bowl games for the next 4 years. The NCAA will also vacate all PSU football wins from 1998 to 2011. 

The elimination of PSU wins will have a dramatic effect on Joe Paterno's all-time career win record. In fact, he will  lose 111 total wins from his record -- dropping him BEHIND Florida State football legend Bobby Bowden and Alabama's Bear Bryant. Paterno will go from #3 all time to #12.

Penn State's football team will also have its football scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 per year for the next 4 years.

All PSU football players are allowed to transfer out of the school to any other school as soon as possible ... while keeping full eligibility. In other words, a PSU player can transfer to Ohio State next season and start immediately.

Football players are also allowed to quit the football team and keep their scholarships while continuing to attend the university in pursuit of a degree.

The PSU athletic program will be on probation for 5 years.

The NCAA said it reserves the right to launch an investigation into individuals to impose even more sanctions, if necessary.

The $60 million fine is equivalent to the football program's gross revenue for 1 season.

The NCAA said the money "must be paid 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."

The NCAA said it considered the "death penalty" -- the elimination of the school's football program for 1 season -- but decided the punishment it chose will have a deeper impact in changing the culture at Penn State.

PSU signed a consent decree -- which means the University is on board with all of the sanctions.

The NCAA explained ... "By perpetuating a 'football first' culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA Constitution and rules."

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Good, college football sucks anyway.

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It sounds like they are punishing everyone who had nothing to do with the atrocities.

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Total BS, So, I guess if you see something at work you have to tell your boss and then call the cops. If i did that I would be fired. Example: You see a mother pull her kids arm you have to call the cops.

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TMZ forgot to mention that the 1998-2011 wins vacated means Joe Paterno is no longer the winningest coach in NCAA history.

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Good job

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This is over-reaction. Did the football players rape the children? Did the cheerleaders and fans rape the children? So why are they paying for it? Why is the whole school paying for the mistake of a few people? It's bullsh!t. Classic over-reaction.

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To any idiots that will say its an over reaction or too hard, imagine you have a child (or if you do), then imagine that child being raped for over a decade, and the place where it happened knew about it, and then still payed the rapist to keep doing it for nearly 20 years

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Sheer idiocy. The "school" is not a person that can be blamed or punished. All this does is detract from the efforts and good that individuals accomplished on their own and as a team over the years who had nothing to do with this.

Going forward, all it does ruin the hopes and dreams of innocent 3rd parties.

Absolute stupidity simply designed to satisfy the blood lust of outraged bystanders.

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I'll bet anything that Urban Meyer is in downtown State College buying steak & egg breakfast's as I type this.

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$60... Million! what exactly is the NCAA going to do with this money. It had damn well be charitable. It looks like modern day corporate greed and seizing of an opportunity. P.S. HIV is a myth, it does not exist. The Gates Foundation is only interested in lowering world population. http://barryb911.blogspot.ca/

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And now the cost of school is going up up up.

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Put these guys in the US court system as a judge. They obviously know how to hand out fair punishment. Better than many of our liberal judges. Woo hoo on the choices made here. Good job.

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Just burn the school down.. save more money.

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