Found July 23, 2012 on
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced his punishment against Penn State University this morning, and it was severe and unprecedented. Yesterday, sources had said Penn State would have prefered the Death Penalty to the coming sanctions... they were probably right. Here's the full list of sanctions handed down this morning in light of the sexual abuse of Jerry Sandusky and cover-up at Penn State:
-Four year postseason ban
-$60 Million fine to be given to endowment to support child abuse prevention programs.
-Vacate all wins from 1998-2011
-Loss of 10 scholarships per year for four years
-5 years probation
-All players may immediately transfer.
The punishments are severe, but I'm still left with a feeling of emptiness. As much as we may try to not do it, this story has become about the future of a football program instead of focusing on the prevention of child abuse and helping the victims of Jerry Sandusky. It was bound to happen, but its regretful that the focus has now become the football program and a hunk of metal. As far as the sanctions themselves go, of course they're extreme, but so was the behavior by the most powerful men at Penn State. At least the fine will go to a proper place.
The debate will rage on regarding whether or not the NCAA even had jurisdiction to hand down this punishment, but now with this unilateral punishment the NCAA has more power than ever before. What precedent does it set? How often does the NCAA act unilaterally to punish crimes outside the rulebook? Does the NCAA now become a moral arbitor of justice in all cases? Those are questions the NCAA now faces moving forward.
No pounds of flesh are enough at Penn State to make things right or make up for what happened. There are no amount of scholarships or no bowl bans or stripped victories will take back the crimes that were committed. However, the instant reaction is that the NCAA and Mark Emmert largely struck the right balance in this punishment as a statement to prevent a football culture from overpowering an entire university and covering up horrific crimes again.
If you think the NCAA punishments handed down to Penn State are too harsh or they aren't enough, you're probably right on both counts this morning.
BEST OF MAXIM
The NCAA has decided on the sanctions that they will hand down to Penn State, in the wake of the convictions of Jerry Sandsky and the Freeh Report.
Penn State's penalties;
- A bowl banpostseason ban for 5 years
- Loss of 50 scholarships (10 per year for the next 5 years)
- Fine of 45 million dollars
- No televised games for the next five years
The Big Ten has not yet determined...
Joe Paterno and Penn State news isn't close to quieting down. Most people still want answers about what happened involving Jerry Sandusky and why Paterno and his staff didn't report it. Every week there is a new headline on the topic and the most recent news is that workers removed the Paterno statue in front of Beaver Stadium early Sunday morning. Also developing on Sunday...
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien says his priority right now is to try to convince his current players from transferring.
During an interview on the ''Dan Patrick Radio Show'' on Tuesday, O'Brien said the toughest of the NCAA sanctions imposed on Penn State was the decision to allow current players to transfer immediately without restrictions.
He says he has...
Penn State didn’t receive the “death penalty”, but this could be a death blow to the football program. NCAA president Mark Emmert announced sanctions against Penn State University this morning in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation conviction. All in all the school will be fined $60 million ($12 million over 5 years, monies [...]
Penn State issued a variety of responses on Monday to the NCAA's unprecedented sanctions. See how President Rodney Erickson, Acting Athletic Director Dave Joyner and Head football Coach Bill O'Brien responded.
Late last week there were conflicting reports regarding whether or not the Penn State Board of Trustees had voted to remove the Joe Paterno statue. Well, it turns out that the Penn State Board of Trustees would not make the decision. Instead Penn State president Rodney Erickson would make the decision. And he decided that the statue be removed calling it a “source of division...
Today Penn State University and its football program were brought to their knees with unprecedented penalties never seen before by an NCAA member institution. NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert and Dr. Edward J. Ray, President of Oregon State and the NCAA Executive Committee Chairman made the announcement this morning from the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis [...]
As everyone across the college football world continues to discuss the fallout of the NCAA’s sanctions at Penn State, there are few who doubt one thing: Of all the crippling sanctions the school was hit with, none is more devastating than the rule that allows every player on Penn State’s roster to transfer immediately and play right away. It is a sanction unlike any that we’ve...
Rumors flying around State College, PA late last week suggested that Penn State would take down the statue of Joe Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium sometime over the weekend and Sunday morning those rumors became realities.
As crews began prepping for its removal, Penn State President Rodney Erickson has released a statement regarding the University’s decision to take down the...
The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years' probation. The NCAA...
Although the NCAA could never give Penn State true justice for the crimes committed by Jerry Sandusky and the cover-up by the school, they certainly did their best to move the process forward by releasing sanctions against the school on Monday morning.
By now, you know the sanctions as well as we do here at Crystal Ball Run, but for those who’ve been under a rock for the last...
One of the penalties the NCAA levied against Penn State was forcing the school to vacate all its wins from 1998, the year coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials became aware of an accusation that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had showered with a young boy, through 2011.
Penn State lost 112 wins, and Paterno's major college football record 409 victories were reduced...
The fate of the larger-than-life bronze statue of Joe Paterno outside of its stadium is no longer in limbo. Penn State University will begin the process of removing the illustrious sculpture, erasing all traces of the iconic football coach accused of concealing child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant under Paterno and the football program.
From the very beginning, from the very first whispers of scandal at Penn State, it never really made sense to me how the NCAA could get involved with the punishment process. The NCAA is after all a governing body that deals with agents, text logs and free tattoos. The situation at Penn State was one of the worst criminal cover-ups in the history of our country. In essence, they...
Penn State moved swiftly in their decision to take down the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium, in lou of JoePa’s proven and documented refusal to act on behalf of children, who he knew had been sexually abused by his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State president Rodney Erikson announced the statue, of