Football: NCAA delivers substantial penalties to Penn State in wake of Sandusky scandal

As expected, the NCAA today handed Penn State harsh penalties in response to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.

Here is a summary:

— A four-year bowl ban

— $60 million in fines, spread over five years, to endow programs designed to prevent child abuse and assist victims.

— All of Penn State’s football victories since 1998 will be vacated, reducing late coach Joe Paterno’s career victory total from an all-time record 409 to 298. Paterno’s record now stands at 298-136-3.

— Penn State will lose 10 scholarships this year and 20 per season for four years. Within two years, the Nittany Lions’ scholarship limit will be capped at 65 — 20 below the norm.

— Current players will be allowed to transfer to another school without having to sit out a season.


Jeff Faraudo

  • GoGo Bears

    Also receiving penalties today — trolls who need to manage their anger.

  • chasin’bear

    Dear CJ,

    Thanks for contacting ESPN.

    We cannot accommodate your request and apologize for any inconvenience.


    ESPN Viewer Response

    ————— Original Message —————

    I’d like to request a list of your advertisers for the upcoming 2012-13 college football broadcasts so that I may notify them I will not be watching any Penn State football for the next 4 seasons, mirroring the NCAA sanctions.



  • Juancho

    They deserved the sanctions.

  • rotfogel

    When is the hammer going to come down on Miami? Or are they immune?

  • Will

    Whatever happened at Miami wasn’t half as bad as what happened at Penn State. I hope.

  • Will

    To clarify, they should still get $C-like sanctions.

    But the Penn St. scandal was just morally reprehensible on all fronts, and flat out illegal too.

  • Not enough. Had the crime covered up been an individual murder, what would the penalty be. Sandusky was worse than someone that commits a single murder, and PSU basically assisted further crimes.

    But too much money is made by college football . . .

  • GOGO Bears

    Wow — this is a huge banning. I bet there is a lot of anger and frustration tonite in some homes — as those who thought they were untouchable now realize they have been caught and punished. Not the fat lady but the fat man sings tonite! The wicked have been smited. So sayeth Pastor Rick.

  • covinared

    grab some of those Lions!

  • GOGO Bears

    Banning: Day Two.

    All continue to rejoice at the justice that has been served. Evil lying hateful actions have been punished.

    While cheering goes on from the masses, silence is all we get from the one person who is responsible for the banning. The coward is in his own prison, hated by all, abandoned by all, destined to finish off his life all alone.