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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
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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."
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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.

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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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16.

penny    

The NCAA has hemorrhoids for brains. They are just "piling" on. What does all that prove and how about the poor kids that have paid their tuitions and had planned their future with Penn State. A bunch of MORONS!!

733 days ago
17.

Bruno    

Not enough.

733 days ago
18.

JoeFrancis    

Wish the NCAA had given them the "death penalty" (NCAA version) for 4 years instead of just banned from bowl games.

733 days ago
19.

Jdawg    

Good job NCAA ! More player sand students knew what was going on and participated or did nothing. Reap what you sow Penn State !

733 days ago
20.

ManiacalZebra    

I'm glad the players can transfer without penalty or just keep the scholarships whether they play or not. They didn't deserve to bear the brunt of the punishment for the actions of the big dogs. I'm also glad the fine is more than a slap on the wrist. The best part of all is stripping Paterno of his slot as the winningest coach in college football. He doesn't deserve that kind of praise when he put the football program ahead of the safety of children.

733 days ago
21.

Truth    

PSU WILL HOLD ANOTHER RECORD - WORLD'S EMPTIEST FOOTBALL STADIUM. #TRUTH!!

733 days ago
22.

Rob    

This is stupid...you want to fine the school..fine. But the players had nothing to do with this. Last time I checked, the NCAA wasn't a court of law and you were innocent until proven guilty...so someone please tell me what the players were guilty of? Why should they be punished and have their wins taken away or if they stay have no chance of a bowl game? Sorry NCAA you are totally wrong with punishing the players.

733 days ago
23.

Jess    

Wow!

733 days ago
24.

Bruno    

The whole point of these sanctions is to remind people that it was the idolization of football and the PSU program that allowed the repeated rape of children. Joe Paterno , the coaching staff and the Regeants decided that football was more important than protecting kids.

733 days ago
25.

Janet    

I agree, there does need to be some sort of punishment to the administration. I think this is wrong, fire the administrators. Where is the money going to come to pay this fine? I'm afraid tuition will be raised and the current students will pay for the mistakes of the administrators. I have also read that possibly the sports teams will not be able to compete. Again, you are punishing the wrong people, the students never did anything wrong.

733 days ago
26.

Truth    

BASICALLY SAYING IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT COLLEGE DROP PSU FROM THE APPLICATION. BETTER YET DONT BOTHER APPLYING TILL 2017. YEA, THE GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN GRADE 7. #TRUTH!!

733 days ago
27.

erika    

Didn't the cover-up protect the reputation of Penn State as a whole as well? Based on that logic, shouldn't students be prevented from getting a degree and all degrees received from 98-11 be null and void? In my opinion, these punishments are ridiculous.

733 days ago
28.

LRT    

      “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.” Stuart Chase

733 days ago
29.

Mandy    

I hope all their players choose to dissociate themselves with that awful school. It's sad to think that anyone would have to tell people they went to Penn State. They should let the students transfer too & maybe just burn the damn place down.

733 days ago
30.

Fat Mike    

Why punish the students? Seems very harsh to hurt the people who had nothing to do with it.

733 days ago
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