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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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They made an example of PENN state, in hopes that no one else will dare put a sport before a child's safety. In order for Sandusky to get away with what he did. You better believe more people than that are to blame. He was known around campus to like little boys, yet no one stood up for sake of at least one child. This penalty hopefully will make a college official think twice before not reporting such a crime. Chances are it is going to continue. This wasn't the first nor the last crime of this nature to be committed by a college official. We need to be more concerned about our kids. There is no way I would let someone by my child a lot of gifts for no reason, I would assume there was something that they wanted.

787 days ago


The NCAA needed to "SEND A MESSAGE" that will force many college athletic programs to "STAND UP AND TAKE NOTICE"!!! These institutions of "HIGHER LEARNING" are also obligated to uphold "HIGHER STANDARDS" OF CONDUCT within the communities they reside!!! As a general rule, an institution's "REPUTATION" TRUMPS THE INJUSTICES DONE TO THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH LESS INFLUENCE IN THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. This sort of thing has gone on JUST TOO LONG WITHOUT "SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS"!!!

787 days ago


How about someone molest the Paternos kids and see if they think the punishment is still too harsh lol. They should shut that whole school down. Football is a game and should never be put in front of childrens well being

787 days ago


Banning the future students/players from playing in bowl games is every bit as unconscionable as what Sandusky did to his victims. The fact that administrators and top school officials blew by not pursuing criminal action should not have any baring on these young scholar and athletes. Shame on the NCAA for imposing this ban.

787 days ago

Tay Walker    

Eddie Robinson from Grambling is the all-time winningest coach in college football. Not Bobby Bowden.


787 days ago

Norma Gallegor    

Not one word in the family's comment about the VICTIMS!!!!! NONE BY FRANCO either.

787 days ago


So stupid. I hate Penn State football, but this is ridiculous! Why punish current and future student athletes for something done in the past by unrelated peoples. So stupid.

787 days ago


Too many higher ups in Penn state are still not touched.. other kids are.. Worse case that no one talks about is in the Catholic church.. and they've been doing this for years! and getting away with it

787 days ago

Roger Fenwick    

NCAA sucks!! 40 more kids are going to be denied an education. Do the kids who won awards during 1998 and 2011 have to give their awards back?

787 days ago

Mike Payne    

If A N Y of Y O U had gotten F 'Ked in the AZZ Repeatedly over YEARS - you would have a FAR different opinion.

787 days ago

Norma Gallegor    

Please lets heal and move on.

787 days ago


Remember the Duke lacrosse case back in 2006. Lets punish the people involved not the school.

787 days ago


I am a mother of two beautiful children and I belive this punishimnet is too harsh. the players didn't do anything nor did the school it's self so why ban them from the bowl? Why hurt people who didn't have anything to so with this. Also maybe I'm not getting all the facts but Paterno died on Janurary 2012 and a FBI investigator said in July 2012 that Paterno played a key part well how the hell do he know if this man died before his investigation was even finish. This man can't even stick up for himself because he is in the grave now your going off of "HE SAID SHE SAID" However I could be wrong. To my something doesn't add up here.

786 days ago


I can't believe some people are seriously defending a man who covered up the crimes of a child molester.

The school was complicit as well as Joe Paterno in protecting a man who was RAPING CHILDREN!! They conspired to cover up a reprehensible crime. Why shouldn't the school suffer as well?

How messed up are people's priorities when football means more to them than raped children?

760 days ago
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