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