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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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272 COMMENTS

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46.

TMP    

Seems a little unfair that future generations of players and students get punished for something a skeezy old man and a few others did.

759 days ago
47.

Plex    

I don't get why the Penn State people are upset about vacating the wins. Pretending things didn't happen is a CLASSIC Penn State strategy.

759 days ago
48.

Toilethead    

Not enough. They wimped out.

759 days ago
49.

pam    

As far as college football, I believe it was a better show than pro, these guys had not been corrupted by the more money mentality or at least we used to think so, they played out of love to show how much football meant to them. It is more exciting as most coaches took more chances., but football even college has drastically changed in the last 20 years, not so pure. I am in favor of this fine and how it is being handled. NOW if only those who believe that a mentally ill person may cause harm had deep pockets!

759 days ago
50.

Rebecca    

I think the fines should be used to pay for the college athletes tuition to go play for another college. Then the wrong people arent being punished.

759 days ago
51.

Just Karen    

I feel bad for the innocent football players BUT the higher-ups knew they had a child rapist that was continually raping/molesting kids and they enabled him by doing NOTHING!!!

759 days ago
52.

Mike    

Great... punish more innocent victims...the kids who are the athletes. The administration and other enablers should be punished, not the college kids. My University of Minnesota needs better players, all Penn State football players welcome here!

759 days ago
53.

PFE    

What does ANY of this have to do with the "Thirty Mile Zone?" I'll hit up ESPN for sports. Meanwhile, zero coverage on Celeste Holm's death last week.

759 days ago
54.

justice    

Trivia Question:
Who was the last QB to win a game for PSU?

Answer: Mike McQueary!

759 days ago
55.

Spoch    

PSU got off light....they deserve every bit of punishment they got, plus more......I hope Paterno is burning in hell and Sandusky gets all he deserves. For those of you that think it's over-reaction, you've never had this done to your child !!

759 days ago
56.

Different Rules Apply    

Once Sandusky is castrated, then that will be just punishment. The others turned their back which is deplorable, but this s*** was at the root of it ~ he damaged countless lives by his deviant vial behavior, just cut it off.

759 days ago
57.

Different Rules Apply    

Vacating wins?? You can't unring a bell.

759 days ago
58.

Possum    

So will the $60... mil go to Sanduskys' rape victims,or will it be used for first-class airline seats and chartered private jets for NCAA poobahs?

759 days ago
59.

Jim in Cali    

Not enough for me. Penn State season needed to go dark this year. No Football for one year along with all these penalties.


And taking the 98-11 NCAA wins away from Joe Pa is a rewriting of history. Not a huge fan of this.

759 days ago
60.

Bonnie    

THE NCAA DID THE RIGHT THING!!!!!

759 days ago
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