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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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For the Paterno family to have ANY say in this is appalling to me. And for them to call it a "not fair or thoughtful action," is to trivialize Sandusky's young victims. How "thoughtful" was Joe, when he knew full well what was happening under his nose, in HIS facility? He should have been brought up on charges himself, dead or alive. To have knowledge of a crime, and say nothing, makes you also guilty of that crime.

790 days ago


This is not an overreaction. Since Paterno knew about Sandusky's actions for so many years prior, yet still managed that many wins, makes it clear that the abuse and its cover-up had no effect on Paterno's conscience whatsoever.

790 days ago

Sin D    

So it sounds like his family THINKS IT IS OK TO RAPE CHILDREN. Nice legacy. You are in denial...

790 days ago


papa joes family is more worried about his recor of winning football game than they are that he knew sandusky was RAPING violating children a game score is more important than what happened to these kids.now we know how joe really was

789 days ago


Punishing many for the crimes of one seems completely backwards...but I guess, the WORLD seems completely backwards most days so....
I guess this makes sense??

789 days ago


Joe Paterno REPRESENTED Penn State, and was HIGHLY respected. Well, IF he had taken care of this problem the RIGHT way when it first happened, then there would have been minimal damage done and people would have eventually moved on. Because of Paterno's INACTIONS, he has FOREVER tarnished Penn State and devastated the many football players who did play with honor and integrity and now they have had that all taken away because Joe didn't want to rock the boat. Well, the boat hasn't just rocked, it has sunk. The football program now needs to just go away.

789 days ago


I think punishment was obviously necessary but punishing the kids who play football for the school now and in the future doesn't seem fair. They had absolutely nothing to do with this mess.

789 days ago


Somebody PLEEEZE tell the Paterno family to shut up! Every time the comment on this, they make them selves look WORSE! There is NO good spin they can put on this. STOP IT!!!!

789 days ago


No mention of the Hardware they won, Throphys/Rings, from the Bowl games.Give it up Too!

789 days ago


I think punishment was obviously necessary but punishing the kids who play football for the school now and in the future doesn't seem fair. They had absolutely nothing to do with this mess.

789 days ago


This is the most ridiculous penalty ever and I don't even like football. What I don't like is punishing the innocent and hardworking students ie football players who actually accomplished defeating other teams and accomplishing their own dreams of playing the best football they could and acheiving their own personal goals. why should some old pervert affect what they accomplished and why are they being punished by removing football as if the whole teams past and present should be held responsible. Take down the statue and punish those who did not report the perversion of one person and one person only. Leave the other innocent's and their record alone.

789 days ago


Good move! The entire University is rotten to the core! The students are nothing but a bunch of jock strap mentality bozos who have zero remorse for what happened to the sexually abused victims.
I salute the NCAA.

789 days ago


Not harsh enough.

Paterno is worse. Sandusky is a sick fck. Paterno coldly and calculatingly took the decision to hide the crime and allow more children to be raped so his beloved football team wouldn't look bad.
The action Paterno was to sacrifice children to be anally raped to not slow down his football team. Gross self interest.
If paterno was alive today he would be be up on all sorts of criminal charges and civil suits.

Selfish people.

These people have the very same disgusting reasoning joe paterno used to cover up the raping of these children. Joe paterno covered up the rapes because he thought that Pedo State U and its students would suffer unfairly because of Sanduskys actions.
Shame on these people, You have learned nothing from these childrens pain and suffering.

Poor you and your tuition fees. Poor yoy no footballl for 4 years.

What is worse being anally raped as a child or missing out on football.

789 days ago


they wanted to be consulted before the punishment was handed down? who the **** are they? **** a bunch of them!!!

789 days ago


punish the school and the coaching staff but taking all there wins away is punishing ever player that ever set foot on the field for 13 years. also no blow games for 4 years thats punishing people that had nothing to with the scandal

789 days ago
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