NCAA, Big 10 Hit Penn State With $60M Fine, Vacates Paterno Wins [VIDEO/POLL]
The NCAA hits Penn State football with $60 million fine, vacates Paterno’s wins from 1998-2011 as part of its sanctions as a result of the school’s child abuse scandal while the Big 10 has barred the school from sharing in league bowl game revenues.
Penn State will not be allowed to participate in the Big Ten conference title game for the same four years in which it is banned from post season bowl games by the NCAA.
Penn State will also not be allowed to share in the conference’s bowl revenues for those four years, about a $13 million hit, according to a Big Ten press release. That money will be donated to children’s charities, the release said.
REACTION FROM THE PATERNO FAMILY
Joe Paterno’s family says the NCAA’s sanctions defame his legacy and are a panicked response to the scandal that led to them. In a statement the family says that punishing “past, present and future” students because of former assistant Jerry Sandusky’s crimes did not serve justice.
“UNPRECEDENTED” SANCTIONS FROM THE NCAA
The NCAA’s sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.
NCAA President Mark Emmert, calling the Penn State scandal “an unprecedented, painful” chapter in college sports, announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis.
There was no dialogue or negotiation with Penn State over the sanctions Emmert says.
Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the “death penalty” — shutting down the Nittany Lions’ program completely — the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.
In addition, student athletes can immediately transfer to another school without penalty or remain at Penn State and not be required to participate in the football program as long as they maintain a certain grade point average.
Listen to Mark Emmert’s rundown of the sanctions.
NEW COACH STAYING ON
New Penn State coach Bill O’Brien says he’s committed to the school despite the harsh sanctions imposed Monday by the NCAA, including a four-year postseason ban and a big loss in scholarships.
In a statement released by the school, O’Brien said, “I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.”
School President Rodney Erickson says Penn State accepts the penalties. He says the NCAA sanctions will help the school “define our course.”
“GUT CHECK” NEEDED AT EVERY MAJOR COLLEGE
The NCAA says Penn State perpetuated a “football first” culture that must change. “I think every major college and university needs to do a gut check” on the balance between athletics and academics said Oregon State president Ed Ray, chair of the NCAA’s executive committee.
The Paterno wins are vacated from 1998 as that is the first case of abuse by Jerry Sandusky reported to school administration. 111 wins are taken from Paterno’s record dropping him to #12 on the all time win list. Florida State coach Bobby Bowdin once again holds the title for the most wins by a head football coach.
The $60million is equivalent to the average gross annual revenue of the football program. They will go 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 will develop “an athletic integrity agreement” with the Big Ten and Penn State to ensure changes are made in the Penn State program, said Emmert.
Class of ’89 player Gary Gilliam expressed his support for the program after the sanctions were announced. “I’m not going anywhere, Penn State forever!” he tweeted. Several incoming Penn State football players tweeted their support for the team and say they are ready for whatever the season brings them.
COST OF THE DEATH PENALTY
The NCAA tried to evaluate what effect the sanctions would have on the community as a whole, NCAA President Emmert says.
The Boston Globe reports a complete shutdown of the Penn State football would have cost Penn State and the State College, Pennsylvania area more than $70 million, according to an economic study commissioned by the university for the 2008-09 school year. That included $51.1 million spent on hotels, souvenirs, food, services and entertainment by out- of-state visitors, which represent about 15 percent of those attending games at Beaver Stadium, which has a capacity of more than 106,500.
“The NCAA imposed a $60 million sanction on the university, which is equivalent to the average gross annual revenue of the football program.
These funds 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 sanctions also include a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins from 1998 through 2011. The career record of former head football coach Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records. Penn State must also reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period.
In addition, the NCAA reserves the right to impose additional sanctions on involved individuals at the conclusion of any criminal proceedings.”
Statement by PSU president Rodney Erickson
Statement by Penn St. football coach Bill O’Brien
The Associated Press contributed to this story.