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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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While I believe that Penn State should be sanctioned, I feel horrible for the payers who are now and in the next four years being punished for something the had no control over and had nothing to do with.

793 days ago


Why are they punishing the fans and students?

793 days ago


What if Paterno was once himself a victim and he was simply doing what he was told to do...."be quiet?"

793 days ago


Punish the students...that makes sense

793 days ago


Nothing will over compensate for what the victims lost. It is unfortunate that the current team members have to suffer for what previous perverts did!

793 days ago


well deserved
unfortunately there is no way to punish the higher-ups involved ( (the program itself) that doesn't seem to also punish the
as colateral damage
assume the NCAA looked at all possible scenarios

793 days ago


I agree with everything but the forfeiture of the wins Coach Paterno had. No matter what was or wasnt done, and dont get me wrong I abhor what was done and the every one in the chain of command including the one who first reported it was at fault for what happened. he was the winningness coach in history and that should not have been taken away. and i am NOT a fan or alumni of the school.

793 days ago


This is total crap. This is only punishing the students for actions that happened at the administration level.

I agree with the fine, but the removal of the wins also effects the students records who played during those years.

Another reason that college football is flawed.

793 days ago


I thought this was a university, not a professional football business. If they can pay a $60... million fine, is that why are tuitions so high? Does anybody actually go to college to learn anything? I admit I don't know anything about college sports, but geez, something doesn't seem right.

793 days ago


EVERYONE is accountable. Paterno's knowledge and inaction on his part left just as guilty!

793 days ago


Joe Paterno is not here to defend himself. He reported it to his superiors. I agree that he should have followed up with someone. We must remember that Paterno didn’t touch anyone! The NCAA is over reacting by taking away the wins. The young men who played those games don’t deserve to lose what they work so hard for. By the way is the $60... million being put into a fund for the victims?

793 days ago


Anyone who agrees with this are morons. Who are they hurting by doing this? So all those players who won all those games or bowl games just had all that thrown out? For what? One man did this and some others made stupid judgment calls. The only other one besides sandusky that deserves it was the president who all went to for chain of command. Those players did nothing, the players now did nothing and they just ruined football for that whole school. It is a witch hunt you dumbasses

793 days ago


EVERYONE is accountable, Paterno's knowledge and inaction made him just as gulty as the one doing it, as well as anyone else with KNOWLEDGE of the activity.

793 days ago


This did not punish one person that was actually involved in the incident.

793 days ago


People need to get real. The higher ups i.e., President, Vice President, Joe Paterno, Assistant football coaches all COVERED THIS UP FOR TEN YEARS. If the first incident had been reported to police Sandusky probably would have been fired from Penn State and put in jail where he could not hurt anyone else. Instead he started a charity for disadvantaged children. Exactly what pedophiles dream of. CHILDREN WERE RAPED HERE. WHERE IS THEIR JUSTICE? I say put everyone who knew about it in JAIL with Sandusky. Cancel the football program for 1 year. Pay a 100 million fine b/c that is about what it is gonna take to pay off all the claims from all the kids that were raped. Set an example so NO OTHER UNIVERSITY WILL REMAIN SILENT EVER AGAIN WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS. MAKE DAMN SURE A LAW IS PASSED FOR MANDATORY REPORTING OR YOU GO TO JAIL.

793 days ago
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