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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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121.

james    

well if they didn't do this, they might be sending the message that molesting little kiddies improves your coaching skills

736 days ago
122.

Michael    

Joe Paterno (and others) allowed and enabled a person they knew to be a rapist of children. Be glad they haven't dug up Joe Paterno's bones for a BBQ.

736 days ago
123.

Everyones~A~Star    

great coaches dont turn blind eyes to child rape. you sports arseholes think your jocks can get away with rape anytime they like well piss on you all....Joes legacy is as a man who heard a 10 year old was raped in the showers and he shut that story up. No he was a coward and not even a man.

736 days ago
124.

dclaire    

Paterno's wife knew. So did Sandusky's. The fact that Paterno's family doesn't like the sanctions is good. I would be upset if they weren't. Now let's talk about them losing their husbands pension

736 days ago
125.

BW    

Hey TMZ, how come you didn't state that Paterno would lose his winning record to Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson and "then" Bobby Bowden?? I'm disappointed TMZ really disappointed. SMH :-(

736 days ago
126.

Notright    

Wow no NCAA violations, put the bastards in jail don't punish the students who had no knowledge or anything else to do with the crime. NCAA is way out of line. What are they going to do with the money?

736 days ago
127.

terrence    

I'm sorry but there decision is not fair at all. I don't even like football but they are overreacting. The players had nothing to do with what was going on behind closed doors. If anyone should be held responsible for there actions is San dusky. It's not fair to take away what those kids wins period you can't change history.

736 days ago
128.

Grace    

I think Paterno may have been a sexual predator also because a normal man of intergrity would never cover for a pervert. Those that covered up must have known that Sandusky had something on them. Why did they allow him access to the locker rooms long after he was no longer officially on the books at Penn State. Doesn't make sense that he would not have been thrown off campus.

736 days ago
129.

Fuck Celebrities    

Whatever happened to going to university for an education?

736 days ago
130.

r gibson    

ya who gets the 60 million not the kids the a hole molested no some ncaa big wigs so they can help support there mistress's i am not a big fan of college ball but to remove the wins is b s the players are being punished for all their hard work no way should anyone make money off this

736 days ago
131.

bearforce1    

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.

736 days ago
132.

bearforce1    

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.

736 days ago
133.

Not Fooled    

Joe Paterno's family REALLY needs to stop speaking out so much and releasing "statements". It's not about them. They are, in a small way, continually slapping the victims in the face by insisting on claiming JoePa.'s innocence every chance they get. And to make a statement on the NCAA rulings? Just too much.

736 days ago
134.

RedSkyMana    

I like these guy's.

736 days ago
135.

Kristen    

I am so completely disgusted by the NCAA. I believe that Jerry Sandusky is an absolute s***bag and deserves the harshest punishment possible. I also believe that Joe Paterno should have done more than he did to have Sandusky stopped. BUT you cannot change history. Just because you change the records does not mean Paterno is no longer the winningest coach. He still coached that team to all those wins and it makes no sense at all to try and take that away from him. You can't take it away from him; it still happened whether you erase it from records or not. And to punish present and future students by limiting scholarships and not allowing them the opportunity to play in a bowl game for 4 years is outrageous. This punishment is so unfair. Oh, and the best part of all of this is that you know Jerry Sandusky is going to be protected in prison when he should be in general population getting raped like he deserves. Punish the innocent and protect the guilty, way to go guys.

736 days ago
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