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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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61.

Who Knew    

They would be better off with the death penalty that SMU got. One year no football that was about it.

718 days ago
62.

canyonblue    

TMZ... your article text is copied verbatim from an early ESPN article this morning... you didn't rewrite hardly a word... thats plagiarism.

718 days ago
63.

choppy    

I had the winning touchdown in this game that we won but then we didn't win. How stupid. Rewriting history is ridiculous. So does this mean the losing team won or what. God how dumb.

718 days ago
64.

Lynn    

The NCAA is now $60... million dollars richer. Will the money go to the victims? I seriously doubt it. Why don't they just close PSU and seal the deal on the whole thing?( sarcasm) Joe Pa spent his whole life on the PSU football program and nothing should soil his success.

718 days ago
65.

CharmingSirNick    

the money is going to child rape prevention charities. so everyone cool your jets on the ncaa pocketing the money.

718 days ago
66.

Anonimo    

I'm from Pennsylvania although I never was an avid Penn State fan. I was a fan of Joe Paterno and his actions or rather inactions destroyed the respect I had for him.

He didn't just do what he did for football. He did it for Penn State, out of misplaced love and loyalty. Unforgiveably stupid.

But these penalties on the football program are just punitive, just revenge. These new players had nothing to do with the coverup. So they destroy other boys' lives and careers as some kind of compensation for the victims? Makes no sense.

Make Penn State pay, with money, reduce the money available to the football program. Let them all fight to restore the program's reputation, so tarnished by these horrible acts. Banning them in any way does nothing to right the wrong.

718 days ago
67.

Yes    

I love how so many here can ignore that many college students will not be picked up by other universities and will be forced to quit school, especially those too poor to have gone to school otherwise. I love how so many can ignore that money will come from scholarships which have be so far, cut in half as a consequence.

718 days ago
68.

scoopie    

way too harsh, in that it punishes innocent victims who would excel at penn state and get a pro contract.. they had nothing to do with this.

718 days ago
69.

Jane    

Glad to see NCAA take this action. Unfortunately, players and other personnel who had nothing to do with this mess will suffer also, but the NCAA realized it had to take action where it really mattered to those in power at that institution and as a warning to others:

Football will not be King when it comes to innocent children.

The NCAA had to send a message that if your football program is considered above human decency and the law, then your priorities are out of whack and we will hit you where you hurt because that is what you care about.

718 days ago
70.

brooke23    

Last recorded win for JoePa Nov 1997.. Mike McCreary starting QB..Ironic?

717 days ago
71.

zelda    

The whole school is being punished. Wow. Does that mean everybody knew and did nothing? What is wrong with those people?

717 days ago
72.

nicaw    

Some of the comments make me think I'm looking at this wrong. What's the primary reason for someone attending Penn State? Is it football or is a higher education?

I understand that the players should be penalized but unfortunately they are casualties of the coaching staff. Let's keep in mind that these men including Joe Paterno turned their backs on children being sexually abused by one of their own. They put football above the well being of a human life.

717 days ago
73.

khoran    

Good verdict !!.... Now if the Old Freak can get the electric chair it would put the icing on the cake

717 days ago
74.

CriticXtreme    

The Punishment is nothing compared to the bad karma this caused. But also think about the effect this will have when students go and submit their resumes for jobs to the Sports freak who is the Hiring Manager. But since kids of today have the attention spans of nats, some have already forgotten about this and for the rest of the morons after a month, they would have forgotten about this.

717 days ago
75.

Lynn317    

Let's hope that the current students - especially those not in the football program - will not suffer the from the consequences of these past misdeeds.

It seems brutally unfair to punish students with higher tuition or other added costs - for the past misdeeds of those in authority.
Hasn't there been enough done to punish innocent students at this university?

717 days ago
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