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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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91.

BLACKWIND    

again people hurt people not a place or a thing, everyone should be fired down to the last person if one stays nothing changes penn state and the students should not be the cause of this kaos but the board and anyone connected to the cover up

791 days ago
92.

Bu    

THEY ARE PUNISHING THE PEOPLE THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH! BAD MOVE!

791 days ago
93.

Faye    

So how does this punish the people responsible? Penn State is a State university supported by taxpayers. Seems to me, this punishes the students and the taxpayers way more than it punishes the people who allowed Sandusky to do what he did.

791 days ago
94.

Big D    

They should just terminate the football program at the college.

791 days ago
95.

Chun LI    

Only regret is that rat bastard Paterno didn't live long enough to see all of this go down. Now his pathetic family is going to issue another stupid statement.

791 days ago
96.

PatinNJ    

"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. "

What? They might opt to actually study?
hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

791 days ago
97.

Gretel    

I have a few thoughts. Not only did Jerry Sandusky and his enablers (sorry JoePa, but you were one of them) destroy the lives of his victims, they also sullied the name of a really great university and ruined the dreams of a lot of innocent athletes. All the young man who strove and worked their a55es off to be accepted to Penn State for football were hurt. The academic excellence of this school and the really good teachers and hardworking, bright students were hurt. It's too bad about the football program because there were so many innocent people who were harmed by the fallout of this disgraceful conduct, but Penn State is way more than football and now at least people might get to know that. Shame on them, for destroying the lives of those poor victims, then ruining so many dreams of others. Football sanctions? oh well ...

791 days ago
98.

Fifty Shades of WTF    

Putting sports programs ahead of academics is a nation wide problem. athletes are given a pass on so much illegal and corrpupt behavior in general, and protected within the college system, its sick. As the ex of an on campus cop (not Penn State)... the stories of the athletics dept always made me ILL. And these are the people we are turning out into the world. Shame on the university system as a whole.

791 days ago
99.

Deanna Figueroa    

They got off easy. They should have lost their program completely. There is no excuse for knowingly allowing children to be raped on their campus for over a decade in order to protect their sports program! I cannot imagine anyone wanting to go to their games after this, but unfortunately, people will still go. :(

791 days ago
100.

Susan    

The fine yes, the ban no. Why should the students be punished?

791 days ago
101.

Jean    

I am sad for the kids/young adults who had nothing to do with this horrible act and will be punished or tarnished along with all those involved. I think this punishment is probably too lenient for those involved with the coverup but too harsh for the teachers and students that are absolutely innocent of the crimes. God Bless all those that were abused and their families along with the rest of the innocent teachers and students.

791 days ago
102.

Jon V    

Former Big 10 Coach here. Has the Big Ten waived the financial aid restriction on transfers for players who choose to leave PSU? Currently once an athlete receives any athletic financial aid from a Big 10 institution he can NEVER receive athletic related aid from another Big 10 institution.

791 days ago
103.

alex    

Uh, paterno family.... I am disgusted and revulsed at what joe paterno did. JP enabled child rape to continue for 14 years. You don't get to "have input" any longer, your power is gone.Yep, i find joe patero revulsive, too.

791 days ago
104.

Majestik    

Meh!, Paterno family says, yada yada yada. Sympathy is not in JoPa's court. He should've thought of the reprecussions of all innocent parties by covering up what was known.

791 days ago
105.

c    

Paterno’s family can go to hell. Really, you knew him so well that you’re not surprised he allowed children to be raped just for the sake of a stupid football game? They are right that justice wasn’t really served, though - Penn State’s football program should have been permanently disbanded and Paterno’s statue should have been melted down. They deserve no less for their twisted thinking that a stupid game is more important than stopping someone from raping a child.

791 days ago
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